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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips

Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (377 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Sam Cooper (“Coop”) has just become the most eligible bachelor in New York City. Now that he has foiled a jewelry-store robbery and has been rewarded with the ring of his choice, single women all over the city are fawning over the crime reporter. But Coop isn’t interested in the admirers sending racy underwear his way. His attention is centered solely on Lexie Davis, the only woman in the city who claims not to be interested in his bachelor status.

Instead, free-spirited Lexie is interested in Coop’s antique ring, and its – potentially scandalous – history in her family. But Coop is quickly becoming more than just her route to the ring. When his investigation starts to uncover the truth, will she trust her heart – and her family secrets – to this most eligible bachelor?

Talk about being in the right place at the right time…Sam Cooper, crime beat reporter, made his own front page story by foiling a jewelry heist. As the hero dujour, he was given a reward from the grateful jeweler’s daughter, an ostentatious ring with a past and he was named the most eligible bachelor in New York City by The Bachelor Blog. What woman wouldn’t want a man who looks like sex on legs, isn’t afraid to do what’s right and already has the ring?

Sam has a side job as a mystery/thrill writer and the more he learns about the ring the more his creative juices flow to get to the bottom of a cold case file. Enter Lexie Davis, world traveler and web designer extraordinaire. Lexie too has an interest in the history of the ring but on a more familial level.

The attraction is almost instant and the chemistry is hot! One of the aspects of this novel that really appealed to me was that Sam and Lexie both acknowledge that they feel the attraction and don’t allow personal pride to get in the way of exploring what might be there. As with all great love stories there are difficulties and past relationship issues that complicate the budding relationship. Both Lexie and Coop seem to actually want to make things work. So many times I’ve read books where the main characters spend more time fighting to deny their attraction rather than working towards their HEA. This was refreshing.

Ms. Phillips has an excellent writing style that is easy to read and a story that is easy to follow. Kiss Me If You Can flows at a steady pace without leaving out pivotal plot building information. The book is lengthy but the character development, including the secondary characters, is necessary and not just page filler.

Ms. Phillips also does something towards the end of the book that I always like to see in a good read, she leaves a strategically placed opening for the next installment. This reviewer, for one, will be looking forward to it.