TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
by Kasey Michaels

February 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-6774-7
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Mass Market Paperback
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Do you like very large stuffed bunnies and do you have some time to spend laughing your head off? If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then Kasey Michaels has written a prescription for whatever ails you - Too Good To Be True is a howl from start to finish!


Grady Sullivan is a security expert, who through no fault of his own, has ended up protecting the most appallingly awful old man imaginable! Archie Peevers, multi-billionaire toilet paper mogul (well someone has to make money from it!!) is convinced someone's trying to kill him, and after half-an-hour spent in his company, Grady is ready to add his own name to the list. In fact, a visit with the skinny-legged, teeth-removing, lying old devil could probably turn the Dalai Lama into Genghis Khan! He's that bad and then some!


The Peevers family is no better! Eldest son Archie W. (you're going to adore his VERY appropriate nickname) has been whipped into a pile of oatmeal by his suitably classy wife Mitzi. Then there's Junior, whose libido is bigger than his IQ, and both are dwarfed by the size of his current girlfriend's assets. Yes, Ms Daisy Goodenough certainly lives up to her name! The only daughter, Muriel, has remained blessedly single, and is, consequently, a disappointment to her father who would have liked another target for his venal wit!!


Into this den of dysfunctional mayhem comes silver-eyed Annie Kendall, who may or may not be the illegitimate granddaughter of Archie Peevers. If she is, then the entire matter of Archie's will is about to undergo a major change, and the primary beneficiaries have their knickers in a major twist! So does Grady Sullivan, who finds Annie absolutely enchanting, and would hate like hell for anyone to arrange her demise so that she can't inherit the tissue fortune!


I have to confess that this book had me in stitches from the very beginning. Archie's absolutely unpardonable behavior is so well written that I couldn't help bursting out with laughter, and I had to smile at poor Grady who runs into trouble at every turn. Annie is a lovely character; even though she is harboring secrets of her own, we are cheering for her and Grady to find their way clear of this family mud wallow and into a dream of their own!


The other characters in this story almost steal it out from under the protagonists - Grady's right hand person, Maisie, is a treat, and you won't believe the butler, (who did and didn't do it) named, of all things, Charles Dickens. Just imagine how frustrating an attempt to obtain information on him via the net would be! Touches like this lift this book well out of the usual lighthearted romance field and into the next level of comedy writing! Don't be fooled by finding this in the romance section - the love is certainly there but it's wrapped in the most wonderful package that will give any reader several hours of pleasure. Thanks, Kasey Michaels, for giving us such a fun romp!


Reviewed in December 2001 by Celia.

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