by Jenna McKnight

October 2004
ISBN: 0-06-054928-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lily Marquette knew it was a bad idea to offer to buy her best friend Betsy “anything she wanted” for her birthday. She finds herself on her way to Cloud Nine, an adult toy store. Beth insists that Lily accompany her into the store. Lily would rather not, but does, insisting she’ll hang out by the door. She smells gas and at that moment, sees the proprietor of the shop…well, she sees part of him. She just can’t get a look at his face. Finally Betsy finds what she wants and Lily pays for it. As he hands her the change, it falls on the floor and she takes off after it. Right after she picks up her $2.00, the shop explodes and Lily dies. Thus begins A Date on Cloud Nine, by Jenna McKnight.

This is a contemporary paranormal romance with Lily getting a second chance at life, Jake Murdoch the hunky hero and John and Elizabeth, Lily’s guardian angels. However, there is a catch. According to Lily’s angels, she must give away her considerable fortune of 18 million dollars, in small increments to worthy charitable organizations and she has to have a baby by her next birthday. The penalty for not fulfilling these requirements is the next time she gets to heaven; she has to stand in line and Lily really hates standing in line.

Jake is a great hero. He’s had a crush on Lily since he met her the day of her wedding to his best friend and business partner, Brady. He has some issues with Lily regarding a life insurance policy that Brady had for the business that evidently went into Lily’s pocket, without her realizing it! Once that issue is resolved, he finishes falling in love with Lily.

I had some problems with Lily. Once she got started giving away her money, I hoped she would get better, but her fixation with getting pregnant really bothered me. She lied to Jake about birth control and that’s a horrible way to start a relationship!

I thought the book had potential, although there were a few bumpy spots. I won’t ruin the book for anyone, but my copy hit the wall when I finished.

I’m sure there are readers who will like it…I did, until the end. The ending made me question the entire book and I didn’t have that ‘good’ feeling I normally have when I finish a book…I was extremely frustrated!

Reviewed in September 2004 by PamL.

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