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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not Just Make Believe by Sandra Sookoo

Not Just Make Believe by Sandra Sookoo
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short (100 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Andrea Peterchef is the reluctant new nanny to troublemaking nine-year-old Piper, and even though her first day ends with tomato-soup puke, her outlook improves over a sexy conversation with Piper’s guardian, Max. His voice evokes an image of her perfect man, but he’s a workaholic. Andrea can see Piper craves the love and stability of a family, and she’s determined to do what it takes to make that happen.

Maxwell Gildenthall is a stockbroker haunted by the 9/11 deaths of his girlfriend and his cousin-- Piper’s dad. Deadlines and data define his life -- not baby dolls and Disney videos. When his plus-sized au pair badgers him into spending more time with Piper, he realizes he’s been neglecting the child, and the chance to be near his pretty nanny is a bonus. Away from emotion-numbing work, he’s racked by guilt and pain, which threatens the fragile relationship he has with Andrea. It will take more than a spoonful of sugar to make these problems go down smoothly.

Hitting just the right note for a fun holiday read, “Not Just Make Believe,” is a quirky romance with strong characters and brisk action. Our main character Andrea gives us the story in her own fast paced, bantering style with no apologies and a whole bunch of her own perceptions on the way things are. And, on the way things should be. I adore that she is far from model thin, enjoys eating, and doesn’t even realize she has an attitude.

Dear boss Howard might try to make that attitude clear to her and it's clear to us, once she’s finished grousing about helping the horrible dowager with the “awful little dog that looked more like a rat than a canine.” Andrea is simply a scream; an hysterical person to know, and far less comfortable to be, if you see what I mean. I have this urge to phone her…

The fact that she lands in the stunning Max’s lap and that events will twist to bring her back, happily (although also embarrassingly) into Max’s orbit are all quite wonderful and certainly the whole point of a romance…but I must confess that Andrea Petercheff is an honest and true scream, and you will read this to know about her, and what actually happens is entirely secondary to that…

As this is a romance review I will let you in on the fact that this sexy and dynamic man Max wears happy-faced pajamas to bed, but the rest of the relationship shall just be a surprise. This is fresh, lively, original and just plain fun. And I absolutely MUST mention that I love the frisky cover.

Run to your computer and order a copy of Not Just Make Believe today. Sookoo has created a star: Andrea.