by Jennifer Greene

April 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-77278-0
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After the fun and sweet romance that made up Blame it on Cupid, I was highly anticipating Jennifer Greene's new release. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

Kelly Rochard has come to Paris with one goal in mind: to make peace with her dead father. Unfortunately, she is mugged after leaving her hotel and her passport and other important documents are stolen. Coming to her rescue is white knight Will Maguire. He takes charge of the situation and helps Kelly figure out what to do. He also becomes her escort in one of the most romantic cities in the world. The attraction is inevitable, even if it feels slightly forced at times.

Kelly still has a mission to accomplish. Unbeknownst to her fiancÚ at home, she has come to Paris to learn about her father. She never expected to find him alive however!

Will makes it clear that their romance is just a fling; he has no intention of returning to South Bend, Indiana, where his father is waiting to force Will to take over the reins of the family company. But Will wants Kelly and sometimes only the heart can lead the way.

Frankly, this is not one of Greene's best romances. The storyline is rather plodding, Will and Kelly seem to have sex on every page of this story, and there are just way too many parent issues to contend with. The romance becomes lost amongst the plot, which is rather weak anyway. Though the initial set-up provides some romance and laughs, Will and Kelly are just flat, uninteresting characters.

If you're a diehard Jennifer Greene fan, this book is worth a quick skim through from the library but I would save your money. Paris may be one of the most romantic cities in the world, but Blame it on Paris fails at developing an engaging plot and cast of characters.

Reviewed in March 2008 by Sarah.

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