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Friday, March 19, 2010

Bed, Bath, and Beloved by Lynnette Baughman

Bed, Bath, and Beloved by Lynnette Baughman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (237 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

When Annie Riker and her sister inherit a decrepit mansion from an unknown great-great-grandmother who struck it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush, they move to Montana to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Annie’s primary goal is to find a safe place to raise her young daughter.

Jack Cabrini, CEO of the construction company working on Albion House, is looking for a safe place to raise his young sister. He moves to Bitter Falls to handle the Riker’s renovation project himself. When he gets to know Annie and her little girl, his focus turns to building a family of four—and someday, more.

But trouble follows Annie and Jack, and they must confront life-threatening danger, and their growing attraction, head on.

The refurbishing of Albion House brings a unique assortment of people together. Their interaction with each other lures the reader into the quiet life of Bitter Falls, Montana—a life both Annie Riker and Jack Cabrini hope will be a safe place for a child.

The hormonal storm Jack sets off in Annie electrifies, lights up, and makes her “DNA purr”. Remembering how gullible she’d been falling for Sheldon Roth’s (Peter’s) line, Annie gives herself a good talking to, but some parts of herself seem totally deaf to her admonishments.

Annie’s darling five-and-half-year-old daughter Savannah stirs up a hoard of emotions as she blooms and uses her winning ways to unknowingly, but charmingly enrich the lives of so many. The relationship she forges with thirteen-and-half-year-old Marcy is unique, adding a special charm to the story.

Jack, ensnared in the CEO money making mode, comes to his senses when Marcy is bullied past the limit at her fancy private school. He reevaluates this life and makes adjustments. He believes Marcy needs to be out of the big city and he wants to get make to doing the work that he loves most rather than ordering the work be done. He is excited about the change in his life. When he sees Annie, that excitement kicks up to a fever pitch.

Lynnette Baughman weaves in sub-plots that include suspense, rite of passage, more than one love relationship, and political corruption that gets the attention of U.S. Marshals and the FBI. She does all of this with a memorable writing style that contains great description and delightful imagery—an imagery that adds spice and sparkle to Bed, Bath, and Beloved.