Image of Romeo, Romeo


Image of Romeo, Romeo

The main characters in this all-around feel-good read have so much personality they almost jump off the page. And if the heroine's dysfunctional family reminds you of a slightly edgier form of Stephanie Plum's family, so much the better for readers. Yes, the plotline in which characters hide their true identity from each other has been used many times, but Kaye makes it new again.

Rosalie Ronaldi is a dyed-in-the-wool career woman without a domestic bone in her body -- and that's just the way she likes it. After receiving a less than stellar proposal from her boyfriend, she storms out, only to have a flat tire on her way home.

Enter Nick Romeo, a self-made millionaire who encounters Rosalie while driving a wrecker from one of his car dealerships. He helps her with her tire and takes her home. They find out they're combustible together, and Nick doesn't leave Rosalie's house that night. He opts to keep his identity from her, not only to ensure that she doesn't want him for his money but also because as a teenager Nick and Rosalie's brother got into trouble with the law. When Nick finds out that Rosalie is trying to save the very company that Nick wants to buy he doesn't know what to do. (SOURCEBOOKS, Nov., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Himler