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Monday, May 31, 2010

Storms In A Shot Glass by Nolwynn Ardennes

Storms In A Shot Glass by Nolwynn Ardennes
Publisher: Eirelander Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (208 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

A little bump is about to cause a lot of ripples.

Personal Assistant Jane Smithers needs a baby as much as she needs the immature boss, bitchy mother and lunatic Russian models cohabiting peacelessly around her. What she also doesn’t need is a man who pops out of nowhere, intent on taking over her accidental pregnancy.

Cold logic and hard facts rule the world of millionaire corporate lawyer Michael Rinaldi. Until he meets Jane, and the insignificant-looking woman plunges him head first into the churning waters of tempestuous emotion and hot-blooded impulse.

Unlikely feelings crop up at the same time relentless gossip escalates. Both realize their respective world has irredeemably changed. The question is - will they be able to live with this reality?

It’s New Years Eve, drinks are flowing, your neighbor’s a good looking guy, conveniently single and hitting on you…oh, why not? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Uh, Surprise? You're still single, he’s now engaged and you just found out you’re pregnant! Oops!!

That’s basically how executive assistant to bank President Umberto Renaldo, Jane Smithers’ year began. Not what she planned, but manageable. Women raise children on their own every day, right? Lucky for Jane, Umberto’s estranged son Michael steps into the picture and manages to step into the role of expecting father by placing a few well chosen assumptions to just the right people. What ensues is a roller coaster ride of emotions, humorous misunderstandings and a happily ever after for more than just Michael and Jane.

Ms. Ardennes painted a very romantic if slightly unorthodox courtship of two very strong-willed and independent characters. Jane and Michael are alike in so many ways it’s no wonder they were attracted to each other. They both have parental issues that affect their relationships as adults even though they do their best to avoid the problem parents.

Michael’s acceptance of the pregnancy and concerted effort to make everyone think the baby is his is a little unbelievable but it’s also what makes him more than just the sexy Italian hero of the story. His take charge personality and charismatic charm makes him a delicious foil to Jane’s “my life is my life” attitude.

I really enjoyed Storms In A Shot Glass. I was hooked from the first chapter and each successive meeting between Jane and Michael reeled me in until the satisfying finish. Well done!