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Friday, November 6, 2009

I’ll Do Anything by Chrystal Kincaid

I’ll Do Anything by Chrystal Kincaid
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (129 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Cade Taylor, eat your heart out.

For years, Julia Campbell has lusted from afar after her girlhood crush, Cade Taylor. Now the shoe is on the other foot and Cade is limping along helplessly behind her size seven pumps.

Two successful attorneys arguing opposite sides of a high profile DUI manslaughter case, there's more than just a failed affair spirited debates. Between them lies four-year-old Laura with Cade's blue eyes and Julia's black curls. Cade will do anything to get them back -- even if it means losing the biggest case of his life.

Cool professional Julia Campbell struggles to maintain her emotional composure from the first moments she sets eyes on Cade Taylor. Fate has plans for her it seems, and – in truth – Cade isn’t exactly distant, either. There's attraction, media attention and animosity. We must step back a few years to discover just what went wrong, and where.

Julia is an intelligent and powerful person, an attorney with a respected old firm. She is a super leading lady in this romance. Cade, on the other hand, might be intelligent and attractive but his interest in the opposite sex is hardly for their intelligence. Julia struggles to dismiss feelings she’s had for Cade since her high school years.

Trust issues are (not surprisingly) paramount. Fate seems to bring them together, though. Julia’s car breaks down at just the right moment, and Cade, happily, must remove his nice shirt to work on it; arousal and imagined sexual contacts make up much of the opening of this work.

Secondary characters are important here, from friends to family members. To say too much about family would be to give away some of the events, so let’s just say that other characters are three-dimensional and believable. Kincaid really has a gift for generating immediate sympathy for her characters, and for giving different points of view, without giving away too much. That said, the very admirable Julia has the odd ethical lapse that seems out of character, not enough for it to become a plausibility issue, except perhaps in retrospect.

The story is engaging, with a lot of sexual tension throughout. The main conflict is frustrating, as at points it would seem an easy matter to address. And, with that in mind, we start to expect the resolution far before we actually get there. The plot flows steadily and sensibly forward however, in a very focused way. The setting not overdone. The writing style is excellent. Overall, it’s worth reading even if a tad predictable.