by Jennie Klassel

October 2005
ISBN: 0-505-52635-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Tilly Snapp is a very young widow at the age of twenty-six, but her life is full with her job as the syndicated columnist for "Hold That Thought!", and her friends and relatives. Tilly's settled life is suddenly shaken up when she has to go to Jamaica to claim the ashes of her favorite aunt. Aunt Ginger Snapp has died in a parasail accident and wants her ashes returned to Miami for burial at sea. Poor Tilly is Aunt Ginger's sole heir and has dealt with grief too often with the death of both parents in an extreme skiing accident.

Tilly meets Special Agent Will Maitland when he detains her on her way back to Miami. Will believes that Aunt Ginger's death was no accident, but a planned murder. Aunt Ginger may have stolen a valuable erotic item known as the pillow box of Win Win Poo. The search to find the box and her aunt's killer propel Tilly on journey that is filled with both intrigue and humor.

The romance in this novel is built mostly around well crafted sexual tension that builds to old-fashioned fade-outs. Sometimes leaving something to the imagination is more tantalizing than graphic descriptions. It certainly works perfectly in this storyline. The author is quite adept at working humor and comic relief into the plot without it becoming over the top.

Tilly is young, but mature after all life has thrown at her. Her intelligence and strength shine through in dialog and first person narration. Will is an alpha hero that we would all love to have rescue us. He sees past Tilly's stubbornness and recklessness and can fall in love with the kind and compassionate woman she truly is.

If you are looking for fast-paced romantic suspense with some humor on the side, It Happened In South Beach is perfect. You can take a trip to the tropics without ever leaving home.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Roberta.

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