by Liana Merrill

June 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7893-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Carly Beck wakes up one morning after a party to find herself sans clothes and shoes. She’s not too upset about the missing clothes, but she’s devastated that her shoes are missing. These aren’t just any shoes, these are her lucky shoes. To make matters worse, she discovers that Evan McLeish, a man who truly dislikes her, is now in possession of said shoes.

Evan makes an offer – he’ll give Carly her shoes back if she’ll give him one night. It’s that or he wants her to narrate a documentary he’s making. Not liking either choice, but desperate for her shoes, she agrees – although I’m not going to tell you which offer she accepts.

Carly had been attracted to Evan the first time she set eyes on him, but once he found out her profession he exuded a clear disdain for her. Carly makes her living doing voices for cartoon characters and commercials. These two are obviously attracted to each other, but their minds and bodies seem to be on two different wave lengths. It’s fun to see them go from kissing to sparring in just seconds.

There is a whole host of secondary characters that round out this book, including Carly’s best friend Dana, her cat Odin and several other friends, associates and family members. Dana is the best kind of friend, immediately taking Carly’s side in all matters of men and using food to cheer her up.

At first I didn’t feel the chemistry between these characters and felt this cheapened the offer of them having sex at the beginning of the book. But as the story continues, although Evan always keeps his cards close to his vest, we see a variety of emotions, hinting at his feelings for Carly. The author just doesn't make clear, to me anyway, why Evan feels the way he does about relationships.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Jackie.

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