by Tanya Michaels

March 2003
ISBN: 0-373-44162-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #96
Mass Market Paperback

The Maid of Dishonor is sweet, funny and filled with charm. Tanya Michaels does a wonderful job with her debut title, proving herself a talented new storyteller.

On the plane to Dallas, where she is to be maid of honor at her best friendís wedding, piano teacher Samantha Lloyd sits next to her Mr. Perfect. That is until he reveals himself as Ethan Jenner, successful businessman and her friendís fiancť.

Ethan doesnít love the woman he is about to marry, but with her comes a powerful family and the best business contacts. Coming from a poor background, growing up unwanted and with no friends, this is what he wants, what he needs. That is until Samís legs and laughter distract him.

When Sam senses that neither bride- nor groom-to-be seem to be in love with each other, she makes it her mission to break up the engagement. With no ulterior motives of course. And Ethan? Well, he needs to stay close to her to make sure that she doesnít succeed. All the while trying hard not to fall for her.

Their interactions are entertaining, no matter if they are at dance lessons or at a golf game, the respect and growing admiration shine bright and their first kiss sizzles. Shame then about the placing of the love scene and the lack of sexual tension leading up to it. Not sure how it could have been done differently with the premise, but at least the ending should have been less abrupt.

Still, for a debut title The Maid of Dishonor, charming and fast paced, is a great read. And it comes with another debut title, Catch and Keep by Hannah Bernard.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Kris Alice.

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