Friday, October 9, 2009

A Great Kisser-Donna Kauffman

A Great Kisser
Donna Kauffman
Kensington Brava, Nov 1 2009, $14.00
ISBN: 9780758231314

Six months ago her mother married Mayor Arlen Thompson of Cedar Springs, a Colorado resort town. Now Lauren Matthews leaves her job at Capitol Hill to meet her mom’s spouse, her stepfather.

The mayor’s personal assistant Ruby Jean demands (by crying) her brother Jake McKenna escort her boss’ stepdaughter around town. Jake reluctantly agrees although he prefers fixing planes. However as they soar in love, someone is doing things to drive her out of town. Already disconcerted by her mother’s sudden marriage, Lauren wonders who and why.

Mindful of Matthew Broderick’s Out on a Limb, A GREAT KISSER is an enjoyable romantic suspense with the accent on the love subplot as the mystery never quite gels because the villain never quite seems felonious. Jake is fun as the reluctant hero while Lauren is the outsider causing trouble for townsfolk with her need to know why the mayor married her mom because she doubts his sincerity as a spouse or a politician. Fans preferring contemporary romances with a touch of suspense will enjoy Donna Kauffman’s Rocky Mountain tale.

Harriet Klausner

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