by Lisa Jackson

November 1998
ISBN: 0-8217-6038-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Stepping over my strong dislike for good twin/bad twin novels, I picked up Lisa Jackson’s Twice Kissed and was immediately sucked into a world of passion, forbidden lust and spine tingling suspense.

Mary Theresa, the bad twin, is a famous talk show host/failed actress who has suddenly disappeared. Her twin, Maggie McCrae, knows that something is wrong, having that special bond that only twins have. Maggie and her sister have a love/hate relationship that adds twists to a story that would otherwise be dull.

The night that Maggie’s suspicions are confirmed that her sister is missing, Mary Theresa’s ex-husband and Maggie’s secret love, Thane Walker, shows up looking for Mary Theresa. Thane has gone to Idaho to get his ex-wife and clear his name because he’s the prime suspect in her disappearance.

After a brief stint of tension, Maggie and Thane team up to find Mary Theresa, and sort through Mary Theresa’s enemies, which include several co-workers and another ex-husband.

But along the way, Maggie and Thane also discover the good chemistry that they have in common, and after some intensely sensual love scenes, the book comes to a satisfying climax. (Wink, wink.)

The only weak points I found about the book was that fact that Maggie was so different from Mary Theresa, and Jackson never went into great detail as to how the twins differed so vastly, one loud, the other quiet. Maggie was a bit of a goody-two-shoes, while Thane was wilder, a dangerous man who went against everything Maggie knew. I found Thane highly enjoyable, but many times I wanted shake Maggie and tell her to get real. Another weak part in the story was Maggie's daughter. The snobbish teenager should've been smacked more than once, and I found myself itching to do it for Maggie.

But on the whole this is a good story. If you have this book in your to-be-read pile, I suggest bumping it up to the top; I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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