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THE SEXIEST DEAD MAN ALIVE
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Chef Rose Pisano is determined to open her own restaurant. Those dreams get a little closer when she hears about an opportunity to be a personal chef to a wealthy recluse. Rose is only a tad curious about her boss, whom she communicates with via speakers. But the arrangement works-- until an accident reveals her employer's identity as none other than supposedly deceased singer and songwriter Declan MacDonald.
Blaming himself for his brother's death, Declan disappeared. These days he provides anonymous songs for a nonprofit organization, Angel's Songs. Grieving mother Ellen Long is determined to discover the songwriter behind the music for "Leah's Song." She's even hired a P.I. to uncover the truth. Events are rapidly coming to a head, and both Rose and Declan may find themselves in the middle of a firestorm.
Guilt and grief make Declan an overwhelmingly stubborn hero at times, with many issues he's reluctant to solve. Despite this, Blackwood dishes up a book with emotional complexity that is quite touching. (Mar., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: March 2004