But Lisa!! Had a great time I did.
Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye
Why this one: I took it with me to the country and started reading because reluctant as I am to move on, I can't keep reading the same book over and over. After 3 readings I need to move on, if only to go back again sometime in the near future. And this one was a different genre and style which is what I needed
Steam Level: nice and toasty warm
Amazon Blurb: Rosalie Ronaldi doesn't have a domestic bone in her body ...
All she cares about is her career, so she survives on take-out and dirty martinis, keeps her shoes under the dining room table, her bras on the shower curtain rod, and her clothes on the couch ...
Nick Romeo is every woman's fantasy - tall, dark, handsome, rich, really good in bed, AND he loves to cook and clean ...
He says he wants an independent woman, but when he meets Rosalie, all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he's cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog ...
So what's the problem? Just a little matter of mistaken identity, corporate theft, a hidden past in juvenile detention and one big nosy Italian family too close for comfort ...
My Thoughts: This was a cute, nice read. Keep in mind I think any thing I read after my last one was going to pale in comparison so I'm going to do my darndest to be objective. This was the story of two people, Nick and Lee who had both determined they were never going to get married or get serious about anyone but despite their best efforts, end up falling for each other. I quite liked Nick. When Rosalie came down with a serious bout of pneumonia, he kind of came and took over, taking care of her, cleaning her apartment, taking care of Dave the dog. You have to LOVE a hero who gets all excited about vacumming! And he's adorable when he's taking care of Lee. I could kind of see his commitment phobia. He's a rich guy who has dated the wrong kind of women. He's out of his element when he meets Rosalie.
Rosalie on the other hand, was a bit of a prickly heroine. She kind of ran hot and cold with Nick and me - I couldn't see why *g*.
They did both keep important information from each other a bit too long though.
And sad to say - the author commited a huge faux paux for me which sadly knocked the grade down. In describing Nick she did the dreaded "comparing him to a well-known actor" thing. In this case, I Do Not Like the actor she used and I spent much of the time trying to rid my brain of that comparison.
****NOTE TO AUTHORS OF COMTEMPORARIES*****
Do Not Do This!! What your idea of a good looking actor is may not be the readers!
EVEN IF IT'S RICHARD ARMITAGE, DON'T DO IT!!!!
While many may think George Clooney is the cat's pajamas, he leaves me cold for example - and no, that's not the actor in this book *g*.
Instead, picture him in your head; have a poster in front of you - whatever it takes - and describe him in words. We readers are very good at filling in who we think is sexy.
I also found some of the secondary characters a bit dislikeable. Gina - Rosalies assistant was way too intrusive and Rosalie's mother got on my nerves way bad.
But if you like contemporaries and are looking for a pretty good one, then I recommend you give this one a try.
Grade: 3.5 out of 5
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