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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Review: Temporary Intrigue

Temporary Intrigue by Judy Huston
Publisher: International Agora
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Chamomile

Luckily for Dimity Forbes, it’s not really an issue that she has made a disastrous first impression on Josh Williams. Romance is currently running a poor third on her priority list - or is it?

Luckily for Josh, he can see that this wacky, accident-prone blonde is totally the wrong type for him. Even if it seems that some of those mishaps might not be quite so accidental after all, it’s nothing to do with him, and he’ll take good care to stay away from the temptation she represents. Or will he?

This story is sometimes silly and sometimes harrowing, but certainly enjoyable, and Josh and Dimity together are a treasure.

Dimity is a bit of a mess, but I thought she was fun and engaging. She hasn't had an easy life, but she has a positive attitude about her situation that I found admirable. She has a goal that seems pretty lofty, but she's doing what she can to work toward it, so I could understand her reluctance to even consider the distraction of a relationship, even if it is with a gorgeous man like Josh. She is headstrong and feisty, but I was kind of disappointed in how she continues to give to and nurture others but gets nothing in return. I couldn't understand why she accepts this and I felt bad for her.

Josh's type is high on my list of appealing heroes. He's tall, dark and handsome, and he's a successful corporate type that falls for a woman that clearly is not. One thing I found endearing about Josh is his insecurity when approaching Dimity. He is more 'worldly' than Dimity, but his hesitancy when she appears less than enthusiastic about his attention makes him that much more charming to me, especially because he keeps trying. His persistence isn't out of arrogance but simply because she interests him in a way he's never experienced before. I also loved how he stands up for Dimity, even when he knows it might get her back up, just because he can't allow others to get away with mistreating her.

The identity of the villain is fairly obvious, and the final conflict between Josh and Dimity is weak, but the development of the relationship between the two grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Humorously appealing, Temporary Intrigue is a sensual romance that is sure to please.