by Bridget Anderson

March 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-333-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Quentin Brooks and Bobbi Cunningham met in a sociology class during the summer session. It was not love at first sight. But the sparks did fly between them.

Bobbi has issues. Her father has been in prison for dealing drugs for the last 12 years, her brother has become a lazy bum, hanging around with the wrong crowd and her sister is looking for a man to take care of her. She is definitely not a romantic. Bobbi keeps Quen at arms length because she is afraid of being hurt. Quen has a secret in his past. One he is not proud of, but is afraid to tell Bobbi about because of her feeling about ex-cons and prisons.

When they are grouped together for a class project, things really become complicated. When is the right time to tell the woman that you are falling in love with that you were on probation? Bobbi has her own secrets, she lets Quen believe that her father is dead. She is ashamed and angry with her father so she pretends that he doesn’t exist.

They are both morons. Bobbi, for keeping her father a secret and acting like a moralistic, self-righteous prig, and Quen for being a stubborn, misguided fool. Things come to a head when other people, with their own agendas divulge each of their secrets to the other.

The story started off really nice. Quen and Bobbi are sharp, funny, people. They have a lot of fun getting to know each other and falling in love. The first half of the book was great, then it started to go downhill. I have never been a big fan of the big, dark secret plot. I, for one, thought that the story would have been more interesting if they had divulged their secrets to each other and worked on their relationship with full knowledge of exactly what they were getting into. I think the resolution was too quick and that Bobbi was a hypocrite because of the way she reacted to Quen’s past, especially considering she didn’t tell him about her father.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Carolyn.

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