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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Winters and Somers

Winters and Somers by Lydia Grace
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Hydrangea

Diamonds and a hot steamy author all in one place, which is more important?

PI Cíara Somers makes a good living testing the ‘temptability quotient’ of men for their insecure lovers…but when NY homicide cop and author of red hot romances, Jonathon Winters, makes her take him on as a partner in her Dublin agency, he gets the wrong message from her raunchy style..…especially when he wants her for himself.

Somers isn’t the type to let a man push her around – the incorrigible Grannie Somers raised her to be her own woman. But when she discovers that even Grannie drools over Winters, she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to indulge in one of the fantasies that have millions of women reading his romantic books.

And when Somers finally gets her first real case – to capture the notorious jewel thief dubbed The Diamond Darling – she has to survive the help of her weird relatives, the landlady from hell, two stoned friends, a stray dog – and Winters himself….

Winters and Somers is a charming romp that pits an Irish lassie against a tough New York cop in a race to catch a daring thief. But Winters and Somers each have something to hide along the way: Cíara Somers, proper, well-brought-up granddaughter of Lillian Somers is also a siren, employed by suspicious wives and girlfriends to test the faithfulness of their men; while Jonathon Winters, tough-as-nails homicide cop, is also J.V. Winters, talented author of romance novels that make women swoon. When the two of them meet, sparks fly and misunderstandings abound, leading to a hilarious romance that will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

Set against the stunning background of Ireland, and peopled with a quirky cast of characters, the novel careens from one wacky adventure to the next, with the unflappable Cíara and the intrepid Jonathon solving mysteries, recovering stolen goods and even saving a marriage or two along the way. The comic tone of the story, and especially the sexy chemistry between the hero and heroine that each tries unsuccessfully to ignore, make for a fun, engrossing read. So, if you like your romance on the light side, and love an Irish setting as much as I do, you will enjoy Winters and Somers.