by Tina Donahue

December 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-1318-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

Josh Wyatt is in need of a bodyguard after he is inundated with propositions when revealing photos of him are printed in the newspaper. Josh is instantly captivated by applicant Tess Franklin and it helps that her resume is impressive. The more time Josh spends in Tess’s company the more he becomes convinced that their relationship might not be a temporary one.

Bodyguard Tess Franklin decides to apply for the position as Josh Wyatt’s protector against her father’s wishes. Tess is also caught off guard by her instant attraction to Josh and is unsure if she will be able to behave in a professional manner when Josh requests that she keep her reason for being with him a secret by posing as his girlfriend. Not even the disapproval of her father or the fact that Tess and Josh are playing make believe will keep them from turning their invented relationship into reality.

Close to Perfect was a fabulous read. The attraction between Tess and Josh was palpable and will have readers sighing in ecstasy at their sexual magnetism. I found both Josh’s willingness to gain the approval of Tess’s father in regards to their relationship and Tess’s willingness to follow her heart despite what others are saying to be touching. I very much look forward to reading more of Tina Donahue’s work. Tina Donahue is a fantastic writer that will have readers reaching for something to cool them down as well as smiling throughout the book. Close To Perfect

Reviewed in February 2006 by Claudia.

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