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Friday, November 9, 2012

The Paris Notebook by Cynthia Harrison

The Paris Notebook by Cynthia Harrison
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (260 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

As the girlfriend of a rock star, Deena Smith traveled the world in style. Now she’s moved on and enjoys a quiet life as a college instructor. When she discovers her rocker ex stole a notebook of her song lyrics and claimed them as his own, Deena is determined to do whatever it takes to get her notebook back, even if it means playing nice with her evil ex. But when her co-worker offers to help restore her work, little does she know her quiet little world will be turned upside down.

Sympathetic to Deena's plight, Jack Karris offers to assist. He can't stand the idea someone would wound her so deliberately. But despite the desire that sparks between them, Jack can’t wait to leave the small university town behind. Deena is his unwitting ticket to New York, and although she has zero interest in the project Jack proposes for her writing, he's convinced she'll also find a dream come true.

When the truth comes out, and Jack's good intentions are revealed, Deena must decide is he the sincere man she's come to trust, or is he just out to steal whatever he can... including her heart?

Deena Smith works in the English department and shares an office with sexy Jack Karris. One afternoon they’re listening to the radio while grading and Deena discovers her ex has plagiarized some lyrics of hers and used them as his own on his new album. Deena recalls she loaned him a notebook she bought in Paris, where she’d jotted new lyrics down. Retrieving her Paris Notebook becomes a priority with Deena along with spending more time with Jack, exploring further the smoldering desire burning between them.

A hot, sexy read, this is a good book. The chemistry between Deena and Jack is great and the plot drawing them to work together is solid and believable. With a cast of interesting secondary characters, family, friends and the rock star ex-lover, Ms. Harrison has built an interesting world full of vibrant people. The interactions between everyone shows depth and draws the reader in immediately – this cast of people in Deena and Jack’s life aren’t there as window dressing but are properly fleshed out, real people.

I found myself caught up in Deena’s reactions, her outrage at being plagiarized, her deepening infatuation with Jack and a rainbow of emotions. Similarly Jack is a strong hero, wanting to help Deena partly because of their mutual attraction, but just as much because it’s the right thing to do. This is an excellent book to curl up with over the weekend, just don’t be surprised if you loose a few hours in the process, lost in Ms. Harrison’s world and characters.

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