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Monday, September 21, 2009

Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Publisher: Harlequin (Mira)
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (288 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

When savvy TV reporter Charlotte McNally enters the glamorous world of high fashion, she soon discovers that when the purses are fake—the danger is real. And no one can be trusted!

Now Charlotte can't tell the real from the fake as she goes undercover to bring the couture counterfeiters to justice—and in her struggle to answer an all-important, life-changing question from a certain handsome professor…

The one thing Charlotte knows for sure is that the wrong choice could be the last decision she ever makes!

In Air Time, Ms Ryan gives us our third adventure with the queen of investigative reporting and this time she’s doing her snooping on knock off hand bags, and believe me when you finish you’ll think a lot harder next time you have a hankering to buy one.

I really like the author's characters -- they are all warm and genuine and you’d want any of the starring characters for your own friends. Charlie is a blend of smart and savy and sexy, but she’s also vulnerable and unsure of herself with just a little bit of na├»vete thrown in. And her heartthrob Josh is just yummy! I mean who of us ladies can resist an English Professor -- you know, the kind with the patch pockets and that edgy nerdy look that teachers can acquire. Her supporting characters are equally interesting from the Robin role that she gives to Franklin to the ever constant newsroom Nazi. Her villains are totally believable and you never know “who done it” until the last possible minute. You will equally enjoy her story line, it’s fresh and current and her dialogue will have you laughing one minute and holding your breath the next. Her love scenes are inventive and while being very sensual wouldn’t embarrass or offend anyone.

If you are like me and like that heart pumping, nail biting, roller coaster ride excitement in your mysteries with enough romance to keep us passionistas happy, then Charlie is your girl. If you haven’t read the other two in the series please do, but Air Time makes a great stand a lone romantic suspense novel.