by Sherryl Woods

December 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2238-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Flirting with Disaster by Sherryl Woods is the story of Magnolia Forsythe, who was raised to be a prim and proper southern belle. Maggie, as she is more commonly known, has done just about anything and everything to rebel against that upbringing. Maggie was raised to marry well, and continue the grand southern tradition in which she was raised, but at thirty-two, she is still unmarried, and running her own business, Images.

Josh Parker was raised fleeing from home to home. His family is the opposite of Maggie’s. They struggled to make ends meet, and Nadine’s unusual life style has made Josh weary of settling down, and starting a family.

When Maggie and Josh meet at the construction site for a home for the recently widowed Amanda, sparks fly. Josh has preconceived ideas about what the gently bred southern Maggie is capable of, and Maggie is determined to do everything she can to make Josh set those ideas aside.

Flirting with Disaster is a contemporary romance. There is a hint of suspense as one of Maggie’s employees; Ellie is being stalked by a former boyfriend. Maggie and Josh come to defend Ellie, and as the danger spirals further out of control, the relationship between Maggie and Josh explodes.

While the chemistry between Josh and Maggie is undeniable, Flirting with Disaster only hints at the bedroom scenes. There are no actual lovemaking scenes in the book. This, in my opinion, makes Flirting with Disaster a book for those who prefer sweet romances, or perhaps that young adult making the transition from young adult to adult romances.

Ms. Woods has also given us some great secondary characters to enjoy. I am hopeful that in the next book in this entertaining trilogy we shall see some more of these delightful characters. Watch for that book entitled; Waking up in Charleston.

Reviewed in February 2006 by Sandi.

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