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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kissing Casanova

Kissing Casanova by Crystal B. Bright
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Review by Cholla

What started as a publicity stunt to jump start a professional wrestling company turns top wrestler, Casanova’s, life upside down. The owners hope a week-long expose article on their top wrestler will bring in new fans. Casanova is no fan of journalists, however, and he isn’t keen on the idea of opening up about his life, especially with the secrets he's trying to hide.

Unfortunately for him that’s all it takes to rivet Soledad Monroe’s interest in what was only a half hearted attempt at journalism. A rich, socialite-party girl, Soledad Monroe hates the fact that her parents have forced her to work as a journalist at one of their magazines almost as much as she resents her parents’ determination to steer her away from the altar, for Soledad, a seven-time divorcee, marries like it's a hobby. For a wrestler whose shtick is asking planted women in the audience to marry him, the world is waiting for him to propose and fill in spot number eight....

As a true child of the eighties, I was glued to the TV every Sunday morning for my WWF fix. Hulk, Macho Man--you name it, I knew them. To stumble upon a story centered around one of my childhood loves was not only a happy discovery, but also a pleasant surprise. I mean, really. A love story about a wrestler and a journalist? You had me at wrestler. I was very intrigued to see how this would work out.

Soledad and Tyler are brought together under shaky circumstances, each going in weighed down by their own doubts and secrets. As to be expected in a situation like this, there is a lot of distrust and unease between the couple while they’re discovering each other’s true self. I was disappointed in how both Soledad and Tyler immediately reacted with their old suspicions and prejudices as soon as something unexpected happened, no matter how much they professed to trust the other. They seem to get past one issue only to have to overcome it again and again before finally putting it behind them.

However, the story is solid and interesting. Ms. Bright keeps you guessing at what Tyler’s real secret is and, just as you think you’ve figured it out, you’re thrown another hint leading you in a different direction. In addition to this, no one is really who they seem. The story is sweet, with steamy but not overly graphic sex. Her characters are endearing and believable, causing you to root for the happy ending you know they both deserve.