by Leslie Kelly

October 2003
ISBN: 0-373-69148-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #948
Mass Market Paperback

True crime writer Jared Winchester is on his way home to attend the big Halloween party his cousin Mick is throwing at the old Marsden Place. The Marsden house is the haunted house of Derryville and his cousin Mick had been trying to sell the place in the two years since the owner died. It was the perfect place for the “Murder Weekend” party his cousin had in mind. Everyone had been sent a role to play with their invitation and they were to arrive and stay in character throughout the party. Jared’s role was Miles Stone, secret agent.

Bed and Breakfast owner Gwen Compton remembers she forgot to put the muffins out to defrost as her aunt had requested and returns to the kitchen to complete the chore just in time to find a strange man clothed all in black standing in her kitchen. At first, thinking he is a ghost and later a guest looking for a midnight snack, Gwen and Miles have a quite lengthy conversation. It ends with the two sharing a rather passionate kiss right before Gwen’s Aunt Hildy knocks the man unconscious with a sock full of pennies mistaking him for an intruder.

So begins the latest installment of the Temptation line’s 'Wrong Bed' mini-series. Leslie Kelly is becoming quite the expert in putting couples in the wrong bed, as this is her third book in this on-going line.

Trick Me, Treat Me is a true treat for romance readers. Ms Kelly has created what I believe to be her best work to date with this one. The story is fast paced and humerous. Jared plays the part of the secret agent to a T and Gwen is his perfect partner in crime. Aunt Hildy is a dear and her ghost friends help to carry the Halloween theme throughout the story.

Those who love hot passionate scenes won’t be disappointed either. Ms Kelly creates a four-chapter foreplay before the first kiss and the real passion hasn’t even begun. The first four chapters were worth the price of the book alone. This is one of the best books I have read in this line this year and should be among the top contenders when the best of 2003 are named. Readers can look forward to future visits to Derryville as I am told that Jared’s sister will get her story sometime soon. I can’t wait.

While you are out shopping for that Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters give yourself a treat and pick up a copy of Trick Me, Treat Me to enjoy after all the goblins have gone home.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Barbara.

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