TALL, DARK AND DARING
by Joanne Rock

October 2002
ISBN: 0-373-69097-5
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Mass Market Paperback
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Tall, Dark & Daring. Yep, Joanne Rock’s new release is definitely that. Or at least her hero is tall and dark. Daring? That’s what Tessa O’Neal and Mitch Ryder need to be when they find themselves reunited in a game of “Truth or Dare” - neither of them willing to lose a good challenge or their hearts.


Hired to come up with a marketing campaign for Mitch’s new business, Tessa finds herself back in the Adirondack Mountains and at the hotel where she spent eight years ago two weeks of bliss in Mitch’s arms and his bed. Or sofa. Don’t want to forget that loveseat!


Spend a week in close quarters with Mitch and stay out of his bed, is Tessa’s dare. Get Tessa in his bed, to revisit an attraction that hasn’t eased, is Mitch’s challenge. But Tessa is changing the rules. Letting down her hair and with seduction on her mind she might be losing a dare but winning a heart is her challenge.


Mitch still is reckless and a thrill-seeker, traits left over from his days as a champion snowboarder – thanks for such a unique profession for a romance novel hero! And Tessa? She wants to settle down, start her own e-business… opposites attract? Sure thing in Tall, Dark & Daring, Ms. Rock’s sexy and witty take on a wonderful mix of well-loved storylines.


It’s a story that comes across as very personal - with the author’s resemblance to the heroine in vocation, location and romantic interest - and exciting and vibrant with great secondary characters that would have deserved their own story. May we hope?


Tall, Dark & Daring definitely belongs on the keeper shelf - with a hero and heroine to fall in love with, a setting that I want to see for real, a sexual tension that is sizzling through the chapters, a snappy dialogue that had me in fits of laughter and a breezy pace that carried me all the way through to an ending to sigh and cheer over. It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s sexy and it will have to last until Ms. Rock’s next Temptation release in March 2003. Buy the book, read it and love it. I dare you!


Reviewed in August 2002 by Kris Alice.

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