Oh my goodness, how much do I love this book? Let me count the ways!!
1 - Who doesn't love a super sexy, high powered, supremely arrogant know it all h...moreOh my goodness, how much do I love this book? Let me count the ways!!
1 - Who doesn't love a super sexy, high powered, supremely arrogant know it all hero who falls head over heels in love with the heroine?
2 - Annabel is one of my all-time favorite heroines! Sweet, spunky and after years of dealing with her over-achieving family, dealing with Heath is a piece of cake!
3 - It's a story about good old-fashioned matchmaking! Yes, matchmakers seem outdated as a general rule, but they are still in existence, it's a cute story line, makes for a cute meet, and so what, you're reading a romance book - lighten up already! Matchmaking is a fun occupation to think/read about, especially in romance books!
4 - I love that she drives her grandma's car and he has a name. It's Sherman! Sherman is big, green and ugly, but somehow this story would be incomplete without it!
5 - Portia and Bodie!! If there is a woman alive who has not felt even a smidgen of the insecurities Portia feels, then I think it's time to check her girl card. As women get older, sometimes those insecurities just get worse and worse, we just get better at hiding them. I love tha Bodie sees right through them, and loves her anyways. And he sticks with her when she's blue, quite literally! But seriously, big, sexy, dangerous looking man with a neck tattoo wants you, every girl's dream, especially the insecure ones!
6 - It's a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book! This should have been numero uno, but I couldn't stop thinking about Heath, and I am too lazy to go back and change the order now! I love everything this woman does!
7 - Dean Robilliard makes a big splash in this book, and thank goodness for that!! *fans herself vigorously* He can call me babydoll any day of the week!
8 - The witty and sassy banter between these two is so enjoyable and downright fun to read/listen to. SEP always does this well, and this one does not disappoint.
9 - Just go out and read the book if you haven't yet, in which case - shame on you! If you have, think about re-reading it again, and pronto!(less)
I have loved Dean in every book he's been in, and his book is no exception! I knew it would take more than just good looks to snag the Bu, but SEP out...moreI have loved Dean in every book he's been in, and his book is no exception! I knew it would take more than just good looks to snag the Bu, but SEP out-did herself with Blue! She's one of my favorite SEP heroines, along with Annabelle and Georgie. Dean and Blue are so mismatched, yet a perfect pair together, and they don't take each other's bs! These two are a complete joy to see together on the page, they just feed off one another and it's great dialogue, as usual from SEP.
Dean, of course is a dreamboat, but this time we get to see a bit more behind the charming surfer quarterback who looks like he stepped out of GQ magazine. I knew there was depth to him! I love that we get to see what makes Dean tick, and more importantly, that he's in fact not perfect, and has a 'sob' story just like the rest of us. He just chose to move past it, so far past it, no one knows he's the son of an aging, but still got it rocker, and an infamous groupie/ingenue. Seeing him work through his family stuff was tough, and it showed him in a very humanly way, something that I think he was lacking in other books, he was a GOD to be worshipped, now he's real.
And Blue! I just love this nursery-rhyme bad girl (this is how Dean thinks of her)! This is a girl after my own heart. She's so tough and fierce, but underneath it all is a soft and pretty woman, just waiting to be loved for herself, and hoping someone will want to keep her. Oh, and I love her integrity, she just will not accept being a charity case. Although, I do think it's good to bend some, just to be flexible, I can see where she's coming from. Nothing has been handed to her, and she's learned from an early age, she's all she can depend on. Seeing her grow and accept herself, fighting to move past her rough upbringing, it was a joy to see, especially when it all worked out in the end for her and Dean!
I also liked April, Dean's mother, and his sister Riley. Jack Patriot took longer to love, but I suppose that's natural, seeing as how he was such a terrible father. He had a lot of making up to do, and I think he did a fairly decent job, could have been better, but I'll take it.
This is one of SEP's better works, in my opinion. I mean, how can you not love a book that has a sexy football player-golden god, a sweet-as-pie kid sister, a gypsy caravan!, a combative-but-adorable bad dresser, and aging rockers who still got it! Witty dialogue, great story lines, awesome narration, what else could you want?(less)