by Candy Halliday

November 2005
ISBN: 0-446-61456-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Kate Anderson was like most normal women. She lusted after handsome men; dreamed of a big beautiful wedding and generally enjoyed life. Then she hit her thirtieth birthday and confused being grown up with being settled. Her life revolves around her job as art gallery manager and her relationship with Harold Trent Wellington which doesn’t include a great sex life. She is now planning a marriage ceremony in the judge’s chambers wearing a bridal suit instead of the long forgotten dreamy wedding gown.

Things are about to change when a very viral, very sexy Italian cop approaches her in Central Park. He immediately tells her that she’s his destiny. You see, it seems that Anthony Petrocelli’s grandmother read his leaves twenty years ago and predicted her Tony would meet a green eyed blonde in Central Park standing beside the Virgin Mary. Well, Kate was most definitely a green eyed blonde and unfortunately she had been spotted standing next to a painting of Madonna and Child. However as she’s quick to point out she’s not available and not interested. The fact that she had been silently ogling Tony earlier is a comment she keeps to herself.

It seems that although Tony also feels an immediate attraction to Kate he has no interest in getting married and would like to disprove his Grandmother’s predictions. The solution should be simple enough. He’ll persuade Kate to accompany him on a family visit and prove to everyone just how wrong the prediction is. What they don’t plan on are the intense feelings that keep bubbling up between them. Soon Kate will realize that even responsible women deserve romance and great sex. Meanwhile Tony seems more than willing to accept the life that fate has handed him.

My first read by Ms. Halliday was the perfect break from real life. The story offers the perfect combination of charming characters; laugh out loud humor and good old fashioned romance. The added touch of perfect sexual chemistry made this a delightful read.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Shelby.

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