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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Borrowed Stilettos by Rebecca J. Clark

Borrowed Stilettos by Rebecca J. Clark
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (158 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

It’s a classic case of mistaken identity. But this time, it’s no mistake.

Plans go hilariously and seductively awry when mild-mannered Audrey Thompson dresses as Ava, her flamboyant but cowardly twin. It is Audrey's task, as Ava, to break up with Ava's fiancé, Zach Banister. However, as Audrey is stuffing her bra and tottering around in her sister's stilettos, she falls for Zach instead. Little does she know Zach has an agenda all his own.

Sometimes a reviewer is lucky enough to read a story that introduces them to an author who makes a lasting impression. Perhaps the voice is unique, or maybe the characters are original and unforgettable. Rebecca J. Clark relates both of those things, but even more importantly, she manages to combine humor with so much emotion you can’t decide whether it’s best to giggle in glee or choke on your heart.

The premise of Borrowed Stilettos is enough to maintain an interest – twin sisters exchange places in order to initiate a break-up. Ava is everything Audrey isn’t – sophisticated, superficial, and materialistic. So pretending to be her for a weekend to end her relationship with the devilishly handsome playboy, Zach, is quite a pill to swallow. To complicate matters further, Audrey never expects to fall for a man who is not her type; yet, she cannot seem to help herself. Meanwhile, the woman Zach brings home to meet his parents isn’t the one he’s become accustomed to. Sure she’s a bombshell and easy on the eyes, but instead of a self-assured and confident woman, she’s suddenly become snarky and quick-witted. Off kilter at her newfound attitude, he continues forward with his plan to deceive and disrupt his parent’s idealistic views by proposing to a woman they cannot stand.

As two plans unwittingly merge, Audrey and Zach find themselves caught in an undeniable chemistry that cannot be contained. Each new encounter lifts the stakes and increases the tension. You know that it cannot end well, even as Audrey pretends to be someone she isn’t and Zach tries to deny the way he feels about a woman who is anything but what she seems. It’s a winding rollercoaster of deceit, passion, and desire. So the question remains – when the game is over and done, who will come out the winner?

Romance fans, especially those who love a dash of humor in their reading, have to read Borrowed Stilettos. It is one of the best contemporary stories I’ve read this year. The characters are sharp, the premise is fascinating, and the twists and turns will steal your heart and keep it out of reach until the story’s conclusion. Ms. Clark is a master at building the emotional tension while luring the reader in and it pays off as the end approaches and you brace for the final showdown. I should also state that when it comes to endings, this one had me cheering and pumping my fist in the air. It’s not often you become so invested in the future of characters that you physically ache for them, but I can honestly say I hung on each word.

A definite must read, be sure to put Borrowed Stilettos on your TBR list. I cannot wait for more from this author and have placed her on my not to be missed list.