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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Doing the Right Thing by Barbara Elsborg

Doing the Right Thing by Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Anthurium

Addie Winter is single—just one more reason for disappointment in her permanently disapproving mother’s eyes. There’s nothing she wants more than to be loved but when her own mother can’t bring herself to love her, she wonders if anyone can. What she needs is a man—real would be ideal, but she’ll settle for pretend. Anything to shut her mother up.

Will Mansell chokes on his drink when Addie offers to pay him to spend the night in her room. Tall, dark-haired and the epitome of Addie’s “hero”, he can’t believe his luck because women usually go for his blond-haired brother. Ed Mansell is a serial playboy with an electric smile who waltzes through life and through women. Lucky for Will and Ed, they don’t have the same taste in women. But that was before they met Addie.

Far from pretending, Will and Ed set out to prove Addie is worthy of love—but Addie finds too much love can be just as painful as none at all.

This is a great book about a great girl who has a rotten family. Addie just needs to convince her family, and her mother, that she has a boyfriend in order to get them off her back. She's sick of them giving her a hard time about the fact that she does not have a relationship. Then she stumbles, literally, onto Will at a local hotel gym and eventually convinces him to pretend to be her boyfriend. Pefect solution to all that ails her. It will all work out from here, right?

Not so much.

Circumstances and fate twist to bring the two into contact, and the sparks fly between them. The book progresses and we encounter the arrival of an ex-wife that may not be an ex after all, a playboy brother with a heart of gold, and a friend who is easily deceived. All this combines to make for a great story: the sex is smoking and the storyline is fun and modern.

This was a fun read with an unexpected ending. The happily ever after is delightful and enjoyable. I would recommend this book if you, especially like your stories steaming hot, with a fun and unexpected twist.

1 comment:

Barbara Elsborg said...

Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.