by Suzanne Simmons

February 2001
ISBN: 0-312-97299-7
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Trace Ballinger, attorney at law is on his way to Grantwood the estate of recently departed Cora Grant. The ride to Grantwood is not without incident. The least of which being a flat tire, the most being almost run over by a woman with unbelievable legs.

It’s not until the next morning that Trace finds out the legs belong to one heiress by the name of Schulyer Grant. They’re both at Grantwood to see to the burial and settling of Cora Grant, Schulyer’s aunt.

Trace and Schulyer butt heads as they battle their attraction to each other. Both have led troubled lives, and feel that being needy and dependent on someone else isn’t what they need or want. However a kiss stolen in the night has them both believing in chemistry and wanting to explore an attraction between them.

Lip Service was a fun, quick read. The chemistry between Grant and Schulyer was not rushed and built wonderfully. The secondary characters were eccentric but not to the point of having to suspend belief that people actually act this way in the world.

I was a bit disappointed with the twist the book took towards the end. While not entirely happy with the resolution of fulfilling Cora’s last wishes I did enjoy the book overall. I would recommend it as a light, fast paced read.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Sandi.

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