by Dawn Atkins

September 2004
ISBN: 0-373-69190-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #990
Mass Market Paperback

Picture this. Ambitious young school administrator eager to prove his maturity, takes position at small community high school where he can implement positive changes. Toss in a dose of denial, since his past extra-curricular activities got him in hot water. Add a dash of surprise, when he finds that his new school staff includes a former foreplay partner. Sounds like a great recipe for a romance, right?

That’s what I thought too. I expected Wilde For You to deliver all of this and more. And it did. Unfortunately, one key element of the plot made it all a little hard to take. The premise of the story and ensuing romance revolves around a lie - that hunky Tucker Manning is married. Not only did the lie-to-get-the-job bother me, but the “romance” between Tucker and new science teacher Cricket Wilde really was a major turn-off.

Author Dawn Atkins is a fine writer, and in someone else’s hands this book may have sizzled and smoked it’s way to the keeper shelf. It just set off one too many alarms in my “don’t do” categories for me to enjoy it. I faulted Tucker for lying to his new boss and his family for aiding and abetting the lie. And Cricket, well, she had no business going anywhere near a “married” man! I don’t care if he is Brad Pitt and George Clooney all rolled into one fine specimen. Married is married in my book, and it should have been in this one, too.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Paula.

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