by Elizabeth Bevarly

April 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81049-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

High school reunions - the stuff of which dreams (or nightmares) are made! Eve Van Dormer is determined to attend hers, even though her father insists that it is too dangerous for her. Eve's sister Simone agrees to accompany Eve back to Cincinnati, knowing that it's time Eve left the West Coast and her bad memories of a bad marriage. What neither woman knows is that their disreputable father has hired protection for them - and their protector, Wyatt Culver, just happens to be the "One" from Eve's senior prom night! What a nightmare!

When buying a book written by an author one hasn't read before, there's always an element of risk involved, so I wasn't sure what I was going to find as I began the story of Eve's attempt to go home again. What I didn't expect was to be curled up in hysterics within the first few pages, and lost to the rest of the world until I finished this wonderful tale. Eve and Wyatt are the perfect match - Wyatt remembers prom night with as much horror as Eve, yet knows that she has always been something special in his life. Eve is trying to come to terms with herself for living so many years in a bad marriage, and realizing that with Wyatt she can let the sensuous woman she always felt she was come out! In the meantime, Julian Varga, Wyatt's partner, is doing his best to keep his assignment strictly business, which means not getting aroused when he is with Simone. Despite his best efforts, he fails - dismally.

The complicated schemes and adventures experienced by these four people are just great - especially when Eve and Wyatt gatecrash a high school reunion and find that the identities they've assumed are really not very nice people! The journey home to Cincinnati involves a journey within a journey for all four - even though Simone and Julian fly while Eve and Wyatt drive across the country. Their father's shady past comes back to haunt them, and the actual climax of the book is somewhat unexpected - I did feel a little cheated that Elizabeth Bevarly didn't drop at least one or two hints about a surprise identity!!! But then again, it was a pleasant change to be completely blindsided by this development - certainly better than the expected resolution, which would have been the easy way out of this complex plot.

This is a charmer of a novel, and I'm certainly going to add Ms. Bevarly to my list of to-watch-for writers. In the category of lighthearted romance with a fun twist, it doesn't get much better than this!

Reviewed in January 2002 by Celia.

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