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Monday, July 6, 2009

Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips

Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (312 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ten years ago Lilly Dumont was the ultimate poor little rich girl, complete with a huge inheritance…and an uncle determined to take it from her. With the help of her first love, she faked her own death and ran away to New York City, leaving behind everything, including her own name. Lilly Dumont was gone, but Lacey Kincaid was going to make it. Only, neither one ever forgot Ty Benson.

Now Lacey's back to claim her inheritance. And her sizzling reunion with Ty has made her homecoming something to remember! Though not everybody's thrilled to see Lacey alive and well…. And it's up to Ty to make sure his childhood sweetheart doesn't disappear again—this time for good!

She faked her death and he can’t forget that night. He’s the one she left behind and she can’t forget the way he made her feel. Their paths remain apart until a marriage proposal brings them back together. They agreed not to forget each other. Cross My Heart.

Ms. Phillips writes delightful stories with real characters you wish you knew in your own life. The love scenes, with or without sex, are tender and passion-filled. By then end of the novel, you can’t forget them or the journey.

Lacey Kincaid faked her death when she was still known as Lilly Dumont in order to gain her freedom from her controlling uncle. Tyler Benson and Daniel Hunter help her create the illusion, but all part ways for ten years. When Ty finds out that someone wants Lilly/Lacey truly dead, he goes to her. Together they find that a young love doesn’t always fizzle out with time, especially when it’s a true love.

As in many of her novels, Ms. Phillips adds a canine element, Digger. This helps bring the story to an emotional level for the reader. Our pets are our children. I loved that the dog was an integral part to their relationship.

Ms. Phillips’ stories also are never simple or one-sided, which makes the read much richer for the reader. I loved the parallel love story lines and the fact that, as with life, not everything makes perfect sense.

If you want a great beach read, then Cross My Heart is the novel for you. I give this novel 5 books.