by Lissa Michaels

September 2002
ISBN: 1-59105-000-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Novel Books Inc.

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Marni wants Josh. Josh wants Marni. Yet, somehow, despite the heat coming off the both of them in waves, they are not together. The reasons for their distance are as numerous as they are confusing; Marni is fighting for the custody of her niece and trying to recover from her brotherís murder, and Josh has a mysterious past and a fear of commitment. All of which mostly means it takes them several chapters to finally get down to business. That they are in love helps, of course, but readers donít get to see them fall in love; all of that took place before the book begins. Now it is simply Josh resisting, albeit not very hard, and Marni pursuing, and a whole lot of sexual tension.

Which was nice. Damn nice in fact. And I have only three words for the scene in which they finally do come together (pun intended). Hot buttered noodles. The sexual chemistry in the story is very well done and pretty exciting. But that was about all the story had going for it. The obstacles on their road to romance were considerable, but resolved so suddenly that I felt more than a little lost. And whatever it was that drew the two of them together aside from sex, Iím still not very sure about.

I did feel a little sorry for Josh, a guy with a knight-in-shining-armor complex who keeps getting knocked on his rump. And Marniís niece is a cute kid. But other than that single buttered noodle, not much else about this book will stay with me, or convince me to keep it. For a one time read, I would recommend Marniís Most Wanted as a Why Not? But anybody looking for a passionate love story should look elsewhere.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Wendy B..

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