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Publisher: Avon Romance / HarperCollins
Release Date: December 30, 2003
ISBN: 006009348X
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Sheila Griffin

Reviewer Notes: Rated E for Explict content.

Occasional vulgarity and numerous explicit sexual scenes


Do Not Disturb
By Christie Ridgway

     Angel Buchanan is a journalist. She is also the daughter of Stephen Whitney, a Norman Rockwell for the twenty-first century. His paintings indicate that he is a man devoted to his family. Only Angel and her mother know the truth. He abandoned Angel when she was very young. Now that he has passed away, it is time for the world to know the Stephen Whitney behind the mask.

   In the pain of her father's abandonment, Angel refused to learn anything about him. Writing an in-depth article about him, she now embarks on a crash course.

    Undercover at his funeral, Angel meets her stepmother, Lainey. Angel also meets Cooper Jones. He is Lainey's brother and, thankfully, is no relation to Angel. He is, however, the sexiest man Angel has ever seen! He stirs feelings in her that she has never experienced before. In fact, before meeting Cooper, Angel had worried that she was frigid.

   Angel remains in the area of her father's home for awhile. She had made reservations at Tranquility House, believing it to be a luxury spa. To her shock and dismay it is not a resort but a retreat. There are several unbearable rules—no electronic devices, no meat, no talking and, worst of all, no caffeine.

The only bright spot is the owner of the resort—none other than Cooper Jones. There is an undeniable attraction between Angel and Cooper which both are hesitant to act upon. Cooper has had one heart attack and is afraid that sex will bring on another. Angel learned early to never trust men. After her father abandoned them, Angel's mother remarried. Her stepfather was abusive.

   Angel and Cooper conquer their initial fears, and things heat up in a major way. Cooper disproves Angel's fear of frigidity. Page after searing page, he proves her wrong!

   Overall this is an enjoyable story. The sex is steamy and the characters likable. There is also a sprinkling of humor. The final revelation about Stephen Whitney was not as conclusive as I would have liked. Despite this one flaw, and some occasional vulgarity, it's a good book.