by Rachel Gibson

March 2000
ISBN: 0-380-80715-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Gabrielle Breedlove is a New Age woman. She creates her own line of natural products featuring aromatherapeutic fragrance oils, believes in the spirit of nature, sees auras, and has a mother who is convinced she is psychic. She also has very long legs, flame red hair and a body that wont quit.

None of the above should influence Detective Joe Shanahan, who has been assigned to Gabrielle her partner in her small store is under suspicion of art theft. Detective Shanahan, lapsed Catholic, is about as down to earth as a guy can get happiness is beer and a football game and a parrot that spouts some of the more colorful sayings from the Jerry Springer show. Does he have anything in common with Gabrielle? Not a thing. Are they perfect for each other? You bet!

The more Rachel Gibson books I read, the more I fall in love with her heroes, her stories and her writing style. Humor always makes for a wonderful reading experience Id rather laugh my head off over a book than sob through a box of tissues any day. This wonderful novel is right up my alley. From their first encounter when Gabrielle brings Joe down, thinking hes a stalker, (she sprays him with hair spray), to their incredible lovemaking, these two characters are a joy to be around. Joe is normal, Gabrielle ethereal. Joe eats pizza, Gabrielle is trying to be a vegan (and failing). Joe has a large Italian family who painstakingly praise him to any woman in his vicinity. Gabrielle has a mother who scares the dickens out of most men in her vicinity.

I was totally enraptured by this story and these characters I laughed with them and felt for them as plans went awry and egos intruded. I cheered them towards their well-deserved happy ending, and I encourage you to read this and other books by Rachel Gibson. Its worth it for the smile shell leave on your face.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Celia.

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