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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Whitney in Charge by Diane Craver

Whitney in Charge by Diane Craver
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (91 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

TV producer Whitney Benson is tired of her older sisters' attempts to fix her up with every single male they meet. Shannon and Regan cross the line when they arrange for her to go skydiving with the simple excuse that more guys like to float in the air than women.

Whitney meets two eligible bachelors, Jack and Ben, who constantly battle for her affection. Which one will she choose? Both men make Whitney realize, even a heart shattered by her husband's death, can once again be made whole.

But did she have to fall off a cliff to learn that?

Anyone with older sisters is absolutely hooked by this story in the first page. Whitney’s sisters are Waaay too in-charge. They’ve convinced her to do the cruise-thing, but I would have slammed on the brakes at skydiving. Why is she listening to her sisters? Oh, right--the Chinese food take-out. That would do it for me, too.

Whitney sure isn’t in charge, and you know what is coming next; evil, older-sister matchmaking. Whitney had better take charge soon…

In case I haven’t made it clear: It’s easy to identify with Whitney, the main character in “Whitney in Charge.” That’s why, when they all run to introduce themselves to the new, hopefully single neighbor, you can only sigh. Then, in some bizarre version of ‘true confessions’ it turns out the sisters are even planning Whitney’s new career. It’s one thing after another!

Then, when Jack appears (or rather doesn’t appear, but phones) on the scene due to Regan and Shannon’s plotting, you just want Whitney to run screaming. Surely, she can find her own fella. Only, he’s really not such a bad guy. In fact, you find you kind of like him, at least on the phone, as much as you had planned not to. In fact, I started wondering if they were ever going to actually meet…while all the while, of course, the very nice Ben is lurking right outside the door. Decisions, decisions.

Plausible, funny, and with a few fun surprises, this novella is really entertaining. It’s unpredictable, too.