Hard Shell Word Factory
Date: April 2003
Reviewed: Advance Review Copy
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Faith V. Smith
Of The O'Rourkes
agent, Kathleen Malone and food critic, Seamus O'Rourke have one
thing in common; Riley, Seamus's dead brother and the father of
Kathleen's unborn child. Their first meeting at the cemetery belongs
between the pages of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Seamus is curious
about the beautiful blonde and oh so pregnant stranger, whereas
Kathleen is sure she is looking at Riley's ghost. To compound a
situation already fraught with misunderstanding and out of control
emotions, Kathleen throws up on Seamus's shoes.
is shocked to the roots of his soul when Kat drops an unsuspecting
bomb; Riley, the brother he quit trying to understand years before,
compromised his marriage vows. Not only did he bed Kat, she claims
he also got her pregnant. Seamus does not believe her, neither he
nor Riley could father children; due to a childhood illness. But
instead of scolding her for concocting such a fabrication of lies,
he finds himself escorting her home; or to what is left of her home.
has had more than enough shocks to last her a lifetime. The man
might be Riley's twin brother but the resemblance ends there. They
are as different as night and day. But he has offered her a ride
and he is her baby's soon to be uncle even if he does not believe
it. Kathleen is glad for his strong arm when she gets a view of
her devastated home. For months, a stalker has targeted her, but
she dismissed his juvenile threats; placing them on the bottom of
her what is important list. But with this latest threat, he not
only threatens her but the well being of her un-born child.
Douglas has paired together two totally different characters in
her novel. Much like East meeting West, Kat and Seamus have to find
a way to overcome their differences. When the stalker physically
assaults Kathleen, she finds herself leaning more and more on Seamus'
strength. And when she finds herself falling in love, she wonders
if he will ever see her as anything but the mother of Riley's child.
emotional and downright entertaining!