by Joanne Rock

October 2003
ISBN: 0-373-79112-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #108
Mass Market Paperback

Wanderlust. Not just Americaís biggest travel magazine, but also something Summer Farnsworth, part owner of Club Paradise, is suffering from. Yes, Summer wants an end to changing jobs and friends. She needs a place to stay, an occupation to challenge her and a man to overpower her. Itís South Beach. Itís the place where anything goes and fantasies come true.

So what is really needed? Free spirit that she is, Summer needs a man with tattoos, unconventional and unpredictable. So, still-attorney and soon-to-be-politician Jackson Taggart is not the dream candidate. Tough luck, as this golden boy knows what he wants and how to get it. Summer is special, and with his life of starched suits and politically correct behavior he needs her to feel alive and inspired again.

Of course with him having to avoid scandal and her living for it, problems are in abundance. Then again Jackson is a clever one, sensing that the nonconformist Summer, despite her brazen demeanor, has far more to offer than just one night. So instead of jumping her bones heís seducing her and putting her heart at risk. No worries, there is plenty of sexy bordello, boat and elevator action to be had in Joanne Rockís latest.

Compromise and balance are the words. More important though are friendship, trust and courage. Courage to believe in having found the place, the job, the friends and the man to stay put. To pack away the backpack and boots and any notions of greener pastures. Itís difficult and scary, and Joanne Rock did a fine job in bringing across those fears. I have to admit though that I wouldnít do it for a politician. Just donít find that occupation very sexy.

So, Girlís Guide to Hunting and Kissing, the second book in her Single in South Beach series, is not truly her best, but Joanne Rock always manages to entertain and this time even with the added bonus of a sexy and sultry soundtrack. Bring it on, Ella and Billie.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Kris Alice.

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