Mad, Bad and Blonde starts out a bit frantic and awkward; but it quickly smooths out into a pleasant and quite fun read about finding oneself, family loyalty and what makes love real. The supporting characters are just as enjoyable as a fun and fascinating hero and heroine. And the confrontation in the last chapter is extremely satisfying.

Faith West's fiance leaves her at the altar via text message. In a statement of independence she heads to her Italian honeymoon alone. There, she meets Caine Hunter, who seemingly swoops in to save the day. Only Caine isn't what he appears to be, and after a hot night together, Faith does a quick bit of investigation and finds out he's employed by her father's rival and his job was to seduce her.

While Caine's job is to make sure Faith doesn't steal their client in Italy, he has more on his agenda. Her father's investigation falsely accused his dad of embezzlement and caused him to commit suicide, and Caine is determined to prove the truth and get his revenge on the West family. Only there's a problem: Faith West. Not only is she more than he expected -- much more -- she's determined to prove her father right. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Mar., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton