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Prelude to a Kiss

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Love is positively accident prone for Vivian St. James. From freak injuries to fainting spells, her dates always seem to need a doctor. But what Vivian needs is a husband. Whenever her paramours land in the ER, drop-dead gorgeous Dr. Zachary Warner is on duty--and their mutual attraction is unmistakable.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harlequin (first published 2001)
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Gretchen Fatouros
I took notes as I read the book (below)...

Overall, I don't like the main character, Vivian, very much. She's too shallow - worrying about all the wrong things. I remember worrying about finding "mr. Right" but wasn't so worried about looks, clothes, money & spending enough. I find it really annoying. It's like the author thinks this is all normal/okay & doesn't try to fix anything... Personally, I find her too broken to have a real relationship. Another trait that makes the character unrealistic
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I tried! Really I tried!! It was good at first, but when all of a sudden the main character ended up African American?? I couldn't take it, so I skipped to the end. I just hate reading a book that lacks so much character detail that your characters change race after reading 1/4 of it... I just can't! I'm already picturing something different!! It's totally different if I had a mental picture earlier...needs mega editing & character descriptions!! I

Oh well! Totally worth the skip to the end!! Sin
Pyper at Reading Lark
I enjoyed the story but the editing was atrocious! It really detracted from the book.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Vivian and Zach took forever to get together and when they did everything moved too fast. I found Vivian annoying, and Zach wasn't much better. I just couldn't love these characters.
My Bookish Delights
This one was just... boring. There were so many events that didn't really seem relevant. The characters were flat. The romance was not there for me. And I didn't like the main character. She was shallow and judgmental. At the end, she says how she accepts people for who they are... what?? It didn't sound that way when she was dumping guys left and right and commenting on how a girl was so ugly she must have paid for her date to be with her. Damn. That one was just mean. Regardless, the story its ...more
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so.Shelley MA
herb mendelsberg
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and fun

I enjoyed the humor and charming love story, set in New York. Great job writing this book!! Thanks for the story
Sherry Hammond
Pretty good but predictable!

This book had grammatical errors which always bothers me, but I’m sure it wasn’t intentional! It’s a cute story but predictable!
Vivian St. James is in her early 30s and searching for Mr. Right. She happens to meet him over and over again, but unfortunately it's in the Emergency Room. Nearly every time she meets a guy, he ends up having to go to the ER (ulcer, cut, sprained ankle), and it's there that she meets ER doctor Zach Warner. There's an instant attraction but also bad timing since they tend to meet under less-than-ideal circumstances. I liked that the story included so many engaging subplots that had nothing to do ...more
Jeanne Johnston
Too lazy to go C&P my Amazon review but the gist was that this read like a collaboration between a 13-year-old and her maiden aunt. It's weirdly chaste. The main character is unlikeable and obsessed with some seriously superficial crap. It's no wonder she's alone. I have no clue how the doctor is interested, except you know it's a romance novel and she'll get him in the end. I know, it should be a good thing for a woman to have standards and not settle, but do you have to be such a judgmental pr ...more
Arlena Dean
By Bettye Griffin
Published By: B.G.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Accidentally Yours" by Bettye Griffin was definitely some kind a romantic comedy. I am not sure I was laughing all the way through but it was indeed humorous read. I did find it a little slow read that I had to make myself keep reading, however it did have some good points that made the read OK. This author worked it with all of the accidents that kept happening to Vivian's dates only leaving me to
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2014
When I first started reading this, I thought I'd be one of the few folks that happened to enjoy this book. However, as the book went on, it deteriorated into a boring and uninteresting mess! There is no character descriptions until chapter three, which is quite jarring, as you form a mental picture of the heroine very early on, and the fact that she is actually an American woman of African descent comes as quite a shock. She's also very shallow and snobbish, calling some of her dates cheap or bo ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Personally I didn't care much for this book. The main character, Vivian, wasn't very likable. She's worried about finding a husband, but critiques every man she meets and finds fault with all of them. She is so concerned with their looks, their money and how they spend it on her, the way they dress, and how they talk that it becomes very annoying in the book. I couldn't see what the guys every found to like about her. She was stuck up and by her own admission overweight, so with her always looki ...more
Shiree McCarver
*possible spoilers*

This is a good read. It kept my attention. There is two things that made me give it 3 instead of 4 and that is the ending felt rushed because I was told more than shown the best parts which is them interacting together. There wasn't enough of it because she has to go through this dating process before they really can be considered a couple then between his schedule and hers they aren't together much. The best parts is the sparring between Vivian and Zak (btw I wasn't feeling
Marilyn Diamond
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great novel. It just goes to show that independent women who date may not know that the one they are desiring is right in front of them all along. "Vivling" was oozing about the ER doctor that she kept meeting at his job, on a safari, on a ladder never knowing that as a man he was insecure about being rejected. Dr. Warner is a "Alpha" all man and can have the pick of who he wants for lunch, dinner and the morning after. From the first time he laid his eyes on Vivian in the ER (with so ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a romantic comedy. Vivian is hell bent on meeting the love of her life as her best friend. They go to great effort. Vivian meets Zach in the ER room when she brings male friends for treatment repeatedly. Zack is the ER doctor. He is also the owner of the building she lives in. When she is in her apartment and hears a crash in the apartment above she races up to see if she can help. it is Zack, just fallen off a ladder while painting. He stays in her apartment for assistance to recovery. ...more
Abruptly ended 3 1/2 stars

The story was cute. It peaked my curiosity enough to finish. I love the element that brought Vivian and Zack into each other's lives. However the reoccurring theme didn't sit well. It also felt displaced. Still open ended questions on what happened with Vivian's promotion. What true decision did they make about their relationship. What was so special about Zach? What was so special about Vivian?

I appreciated the adventure side. The trip to Africa was fun. Would like mo
Good, but dated. Vivian St. James is looking for love and definitely kisses a lot of toads before finding the right person. But it seems that every man she meets ends up needing the ER and she runs into Dr. Zack Warner every time. Zack's weird in that he doesn't seem to want to pursue Viv, even though he's interested in her. But a hurt ankle forces the two together. Sparks fly and then it's a matter of figuring out what each of them feels for the other.

This kept me on my toes, with all the chanc
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book. I loved the characters and how the storyline developed. It is not my favourite book by Bettye Griffin but I would recommend the book to people who likes books of the genre. I look forward to reading Isn and Something Real by Bettye Griffin ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this book. I did read the whole thing only cause I'm willing to give a book a chance, but honestly this was just not for me. It was way to slow and I could not keep my attention on it for more than a few minutes. Don't mean to sound harsh, but by the time I read the last line of the book I was laughing and asking myself why I continued reading. I though "Vivling" was shallow and a wee bit on the annoying side. But I gave it a chance and it lost. =/
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I hated the explicit sex at the end. I didn't need all that detail. The beginning was slow, I had to force myself to stick with it.And, the over-use of similies and the comparison "if there was anything she disliked more..." made me nuts. Periods at the end of sentences would make it read smoother, too.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
The storyline was promising and that was why I wanted to try this author, but I felt like I was forcing myself to read it the whole time. I just wanted to get to the end. And then... At the end... It ended up being not clean :( very disappointed. I wish there were more reviews telling this so that I wouldn't have waisted my time.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful, quick read. Two friends, both single and facing middle-age, decide to actively search for their soul mates. The problem is everytime Vivian dates someone, they end up in the Emergency Room, and the ER doctor has eyes for Vivian, but he can't figure out how to let her know he is interested.
I got about 22% into this book and it was just not happening for me. I thought the main character was a bit shallow, and Zach should have been a little bit more aggressive if he truly wanted to date her. Just couldn't push myself to keep reading it.

Moral Note: Social drinking, a few hecks & dangs, not sure what else....
Bonnie Hudon
I liked the story line and the characters, even the steamy sex episode BUT the spelling and grammatical errors spoiled it for me. Doesn't anyone proof-read anything??? Thank god I got it for free otherwise I'd really complain. Please have someone proof-read for you in the future Ms. Griffin
S.E. Nelson
The two main characters were very well developed. I loved the strong women in the book. The romantic story-lines were very realistic but a bit slow. If you love realistic romantic stories as opposed to escaping into a fantasy, you will love this book.
Sue Parker
Vivian keeps meeting Zach at the hospital because her dates keep getting hurt. Next thing Zach gets hurt and winds up moving in with Vivian while he heals. This is a slow moving story and it did kind of drag in parts. Overall it is a nice story.
Mary Martin
More like a 2.5 for me. The story felt like a contest between two friends to find a husband. Over use of "nothing made her .......than someone who ........" Romantic story took long to develop and then wrapped up very quickly.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Made it thru the first three chapters and gave it up. This one just wasn't for me.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and quick read, perfect for the beach!
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