Avon Romance / HarperCollins
Date: December 30, 2003
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Notes: Rated E for Explict content.
Occasional vulgarity and numerous
explicit sexual scenes
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.