by Elizabeth Bevarly

April 2003
ISBN: 0-373-76501-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1501
Mass Market Paperback

Rita Barone is rather an enigma. A millionairess in her own right, and part of the Barone Gelati dynasty in Boston, she has chosen to work as a nurse rather than wallow in her good fortune. For some time she’s eyed the tall, unusual physician who is one of the best cardiac surgeons at the hospital, but his attitude and the scars that mark his otherwise handsome face have earned him the sobriquet “Beast”.

So, in this updated “Beauty and the Beast” romance, Rita goes and falls for Dr. Matthew Grayson. But she hasn’t a clue that Matthew is also rather attracted to her. It’s a merry-go-round with love the prize at the end of the ride.

I understand that this is one in a series about the members of this family – and there’s plenty of them. None interfere in this romance, thankfully, because Rita and Matthew manage to muck things up all by themselves quite nicely. It’s often surprising how many chapters of romance novels are devoted to sufferings caused by a simple inability to either clarify a statement or ask a simple question, and this, unfortunately, is one of them. But in spite of that, Rita and Matthew are an endearing pair of lovers. Sure they need their heads cracked together, but they’re appealing enough to make us want to turn that final page and smile at that wonderful last kiss.

I certainly enjoyed this story, it’s a quick and happy read – I’ll probably pass it along to a friend, as it would go very nicely into a vacation book pile. Nothing intense, but a nice escape into romance.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Celia.

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