From the get-go, Jet Stevens and Cara St. James have clashed. As the director of a Florida nonprofit organization, Cara is livid that the playboy CEO is contemplating putting local residents on the street to make way for a profitable real estate venture. But if Cara and Jet can compromise, there's much to be gained, including love.
The dialogue in Passion's Promise is stiff and formal, an ill-fated attempt at capturing real-life slang. Often, major relevant portions of the story seem to be missing, and background information pertaining to the characters is not revealed in a timely fashion. Townsend's story lacks excitement and romantic chemistry. The initial conflict is resolved within the first third of the novel. (Aug., 315 pp, $5.99)