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Cherry On Top (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


"...funny, poignant, sexy, and simply outstanding." -- Affaire de Coeur

"...uproariously entertaining... For pure comical pleasure and sighing satisfaction this is the book for you." -- Cataromance

"Kathleen Long has proven her ability to dazzle readers with zany characters and witty dialog." -- Romance Designs

"Kathleen Long is now on this reviewer's very short list for must read romantic comedy." -- The Romance Reader

"fast-paced, wacky adventure that is laugh-out-loud funny." -- Romance Junkies

From the Author

I love to lose myself in the pages of a book, and writing CHERRY ON TOP provided me with that same escape. I hope you'll enjoy reading about Cherry and Luke's trials and tribulations as well as about their quirky relatives. From Cherry's wig-loving sister to her skunk-loving poodle, it seems everyone--Cherry included--is having a bit of an identity crisis.

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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Contemporary Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821778498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821778494
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

A little predictable, especially the ending.
Kindle Customer
I would recommend it for anyone looking for an easy, chick-lit book to read!
Krista P
Certainly a witty fun romantic book with an interesting plot.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By wordwitch on June 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book by an unfamiliar author and really liked the beginning a lot. I liked the character of Cherry Harte and I liked Luke and his grandfather. This author knows how to draw really interesting characters, and the premise, two sisters from poor backgrounds hitting the lottery and trying to start over, could have been really great. But here the story falls apart in my opinion. The storyline goes from promising to ridiculous. When Cherry and Luke met, it was great, up until he dropped her off in front of the Horticultural Society offices. From there, everything, and I mean, everything, went downhill. The midget, the poker game, all of it defies not only reality but also my willingness to be drawn in. I skimmed the rest of the book because I just couldn't handle the disjointedness of it all.

Liz, Cherry's sister, is likeable. In fact, everybody is likeable with the exception of the antagonists, Michael Hoyer and Monique what's her name (oh, yeah, it's Goodall!). In fact, she was so unlikeable, I wondered at Luke's judgement in choosing this woman in the first place. As for Yogi, he was like a caricature of a gay man. Moose, the small person, was, I suppose, thrown in for comic relief, but it wasn't funny. It was all just ridiculous. And all of this happened in a week. The first 100 pages occurred within 24 hours. I believe the author's head was spinning, and she was grabbing wild thoughts and throwing them all on paper before she could forget them. In my humble and honest opinion, she should have started over from Chapter 2 and thrown the rest of the trash out. Suspending belief is one thing, but don't drop me from the Empire State Building and expect me to survive the fall.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MNix on February 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cherry Harte's life has not been easy or pretty. She has a very long list of things she would love to change. The Jersey girl's mother is currently serving time for embezzlement, and her con artist father took off for points unknown years ago. To top it off, her fiancee jilts her on their wedding day. Immediately afterwards, however, her luck changes when she and her sister win the lottery. Finally, Cherry has the opportunity and means to reinvent herself. The sisters move to Mystic Beach, Florida, and Cherry embarks on her new life.

Once in Mystic Beach, Cherry puts her plans into action and soon accomplishes most of her goals. The only thing that remains is attaining membership in the local Women's League. Instead of being the misfit outsider, she will finally belong! On her way to the final League interview, Cherry's car breaks down. Enter former reporter, current mechanic Luke Chance. Burned by a rich society woman before, Luke is determined to ignore the feisty Cherry and her considerable charms. Unable to fix her car immediately, he loans her his truck, thus insuring they will meet again.

Their instant but unacknowledged attraction gradually blossoms into full fledged desire, yet they have no business getting involved. Luke has no love for society types, and Cherry has her busy life plan. Besides, Cherry's membership in the Women's League hinges on her securing city approval for their planned horticultural center, while Luke represents a group proposing a youth center on the same site. Beyond all that, the ex-reporter senses that Cherry is hiding something. He knows someone tampered with her car. There is a story there, and Luke will find it!

Cherry On Top is a light and witty romp. Cherry and Luke are two engaging characters who are dealing with past hurts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on September 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From the back cover:

Chances are...

Cherry Harte is ready to set the world on fire--figuratively, of course. Unfortunately, people tend to underestimate a girl whose insane family attracts loan sharks and bail bondsmen the way some people attract money. So when Cherry wins the lottery, it's see ya later, New Jersey; hello, Mystic Beach, Florida. With her new villa, wardrobe, and personal history, Cherry is this close to totally reinventing her life. The only thing that can stop her now is a man who doesn't fit--a hunky mechanic who kicks her libido from zero to sixty in no time flat...

Luke Chance is allergic to cherries--literally. He also avoids women with money, especially new money. But Cherry Harte is fun, different, and super sexy. But is she on the lam? The woman's hiding something, and he intends to find out what. Chance is a man on a it love.

And my review:

Well, after reading the other reviews of this book, I expected a knock-your-socks-off, laugh-out-loud read. Instead, what I got was a book that was only mildly entertaining, and made me crack a smile at times.

I admit, this author is pretty good with comedy. Most authors who try to write comedy lay it on too thick, or just try too hard, leaving the humor feeling forced. The humor wasn't forced in CHERRY ON TOP, but it just wasn't all that funny. I would smile a few times at something amusing, but it wasn't anything that was going to make me laugh out loud. And when I read a book that supposed to be a romantic comedy, well, I expect it to move me to belly laughter. This book fell short of that mark.

The plot of this book was interesting, and fast paced, which is what kept me reading. But the characters always felt a little flat to me.
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