Okay - I confess!! I grab most Harlequin romance novels with no set goal in mind - if I like the title, I'll give the book a try! It's kind of like mind-candy - wonderful while it lasts, but not likely to leave a lasting impression. So imagine my surprise when I began Tori Carrington's You Sexy Thing and found myself completely involved with this great tale on all levels!
Take two sex therapists with dynamically opposing philosophies, put them on a book tour together with appearances on radio and TV, throw in a large helping of major sexual attraction and you have the recipe for a delightfully effervescent cocktail of a novel. "Hunky" therapist Dr. Dylan Fairbanks is the upright and moralistic product of two wonderful parents - both of them still living the hippie life of the sixties! Vibrantly beautiful Grace Mattias, sexual counselor and best selling author, is the wild and freethinking product of two wonderful parents, who are both members of the staid country club society.
Is it any wonder sparks fly when Dylan and Grace get together? Is it any wonder that both are broadsided by their mutual attraction and at a complete loss as to how to deal with the incredible sex they keep having in spite of themselves? I loved reading about their individual confusion - neither Dylan (who is almost engaged) nor Grace (who finds commitment distasteful) can figure out what the heck is happening between them.
Luckily, Tori Carrington clearly likes both these characters. Their feelings and motivations are quite clear and well presented; both follow the dictates of their hearts, right or wrong, and a look at their family environments gives the reader an even clearer picture of where these two puzzled lovers are coming from! This is not a complex tale with a convoluted plot or a large cast of secondary characters - the story is about the hero and heroine falling in love! And after all, isn't that why we buy romances in the first place, to read about just such an occurrence? I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent watching Dylan and Grace trying to come to terms with their feelings for each other, as they attempted to reconcile their diverse beliefs with the fabulous sex they kept having!! I could feel both their chagrin and their joy, and my compliments to Ms. Carrington for her excellent writing that allowed me to be a part of this charming affair!