by Susanna Carr

June 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-1079-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

Stephanie is a Good Girl, driven to succeed as a stylist with a glitzy L.A. clientele and hopefully soon with her own cosmetic line. It takes torrential rains, being rescued and arrested for her to discover her inner bad girl. Stranded with a business partner set on revenge she discovers that a small town is a perfect place for gaining attention and finding the man to compliment her new wicked attitude.

Former Bad Boy Jack Logan knows he has no business lusting after Stephanie. A big city girl with a wardrobe to get her arrested, she tempts him bad, though. Trying to be good, he does his best in staying away from temptation. However, it seems that trouble is her middle name, and as the local sheriff heís in charge of preventing indecent exposure and late night excursions ...

When it comes to the story set-up and its secondary characters Confessions of a "Wicked" Woman doesnít always satisfy. Stephanieís business partner is not a character the reader will care much about and her reasons for returning to her hometown and leaving Stephanie to go after her are too weak to make a lasting impression.

However, the book is worth reading because of the sexual tension ready to scorch the pages itís written on. The sex might not be explicit, but the attraction is undeniable and wonderful to watch. Especially nice is, that the characters donít have to change and conform to their chosen partnerís lifestyles and still they manage to find common ground without bending and giving up their dreams. Stephanie and Logan donít just lust after each other but show respect. For the story and character development no arguments are needed. Itís their mutual search for the person they need and want to be that binds them together.

Add the typical small town characters and you get a fun and sizzling summer read. The setting and constant rain might not make it a likely choice, but I beg to differ.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Kris Alice.

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