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The Comeback Kiss [Kindle Edition]

Lani Diane Rich
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The thing about being the one who got away is that you really need to stay gone.

Petty thief Dermot “Finn” Finnegan came back to Lucy’s Lake, Vermont, to do one thing—return the car he’d stolen from his high school flame, Tessa, the night he’d disappeared ten years ago. The plan was to be in and out with no one the wiser, especially not Tessa, but when a mysterious fire breaks out and he reluctantly saves the day, Finn’s plans are all shot to hell, along with his ability to resist the love he left behind.

Tessa Scuderi never expected to see Finn again, and that was fine by her. The truth about the teeny-tiny felony they committed could threaten her custody of her teenage sister, Izzy, and getting him out of town is job one. But as the mystery of everything that happened that night ten years ago—including her mother’s death in a strange fire—starts to unravel, Finn gets all weird and loyal. Can love survive lies, theft and arson? There’s only one way to tell…

The Comeback Kiss
Some mistakes are worth making twice.

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Tessa Scuderi's life changed on one night 10 years ago when her best friend, Finn, took off with her beloved VW bug and her heart. It was also the night her mother died while fleeing a fire in her craft shop. Now Finn is back. While he was gone, Tessa has been raising her little sister, Izzy, and worrying that any false move will put her sister into the state's hands. So she's not ready to welcome back Finn and his connection to her troublemaking teenage days. Sparks fly though--literally and figuratively. On Finn's first day in town, he saves a burning pet shop and shares a passionate kiss with Tessa, and that's only the beginning. Rich, the author of Maybe Baby (2005), expertly blends romance and mystery, and this charming coming-home-again tale is a winner. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Tessa Scuderi's life changed on one night 10 years ago when her best friend, Finn, took off with her beloved VW bug and her heart. It was also the night her mother died while fleeing a fire in her craft shop. Now Finn is back. While he was gone, Tessa has been raising her little sister, Izzy, and worrying that any false move will put her sister into the state's hands. So she's not ready to welcome back Finn and his connection to her troublemaking teenage days. Sparks fly though--literally and figuratively. On Finn's first day in town, he saves a burning pet shop and shares a passionate kiss with Tessa, and that's only the beginning. Rich, the author of Maybe Baby (2005), expertly blends romance and mystery, and this charming coming-home-again tale is a winner. Aleksandra Kostovski
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • Print Length: 336 pages
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  • Publisher: StoryWonk Publishing; 1 edition (March 20, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MW2GK6
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great afternoon read May 18, 2006
By Annie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ten years ago Tessa had the most horrible night of her life. Her mother Karen was killed in a car accident and her best friend and love of her life, Fin ran off without even a goodbye. Fighting for the right to keep custody of her younger sister Izzy, Tessa was forced to live life by the straight and narrow and had to tell a few lies about Fin to cover her past mischief with him.

Out of the blue, Fin returns to mend a few fences that would allow him to finally move on in his life. He never expected to actually see Tessa let alone kiss her but once he did, the feelings and chemistry could not be denied no matter how hard he tried.

The Comeback Kiss is a fun romance with some great supporting characters like Babs, Fins boss from New York City, and Wallace the dog. There is also a mystery surrounding the death of Karen tossed into the mix that will keep you guessing right until the end.

Lani Diane Rich, has the rare ability to mix romance and mystery into a fun easy to read book. If you have not tried one of her books in the past, The Comeback Kiss is a good place to start and then move on to Time Off For Good Behavior.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! September 24, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Every now and then as I read THE COMEBACK KISS I'd think, "How did she come up with that?" Ms. Rich's dialogue is terrific, her characters and the situation are delightful. The relationship between Tessa and Finn is wonderfully funny and emotional.

No, the mystery wasn't good--we have no clue of the existence of the arsonist/killer until very late in the book. (A hint to the writer: you probably don't want to mention this in your ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS because it makes the lack much more obvious to your reader.) The social worker and Tessa's fear of losing her sister don't ring true either and I wonder about the link to the criminal--but I loved the story and the characters so much that I accepted the weaknesses because, overall, this was so darned much fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More zany antics in the follow up to"Maybe Baby" July 25, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ten years ago, Tessa lost her mother in a fiery car crash, and her best friend Finn broke her heart by stealing her virginity and her prized VW "Thing." Losing her mother meant she had to clean up her act and become a model citizen so that she could have custody of her young sister Izzy. That meant righting all the wrongs that she and Finn committed (like stealing the bell from the tower), and committing random acts of kindness for townspeople, attributing them to long gone Finn. As she and Izzy are arguing over whether or not she can get a car, both are shocked that the "Thing" is suddenly in her driveway - orange daisies and all.

All Finn wanted to do was return the car to Tessa - then he was heading out of town. Until a fire breaks out at the local pet shop and Finn helps out by getting all the animals out and safe while the fire crew arrives, including his estranged older brother Joe. And then Tessa arrives and the fireworks are still there. Tessa just wants him gone; she cannot afford for the townspeople to find out he is not the philanthropist she had made him out to be. His boss Babs (the hysterical kidnap victim in Maybe Baby), has other ideas - a romantic at heart, she wants him to stay put so that he can resolve his feelings for Tessa.

Joe determines that the fire is a little too similar to the one that ruined Tessa's mother's business and sent her fleeing into the night (and to her death). Could it be possible that they were both arson? As the investigation gets closer to the truth, Tessa and Izzy find themselves in danger. Will Finn stick around long enough this time to help?

Rich's latest is a delightfully funny romp that will put a smile on your face. The slapstick humor, rich dialogue and well drawn characters make this a first rate story.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a so-so book August 19, 2006
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When Tessa Scuderi's 1974 VW Thing is parked in front of her house, she knows she's in for trouble. Dermot "Finn" Finnegan, Tessa's best friend and sweetheart, stole the car ten years ago *after* she'd given him her virginity. Later that same night, Tessa's mother died and Tessa's younger sister, Izzy, was put in foster care. (Tessa was 18 and Izzy was 6.)

Tessa waited tables at a diner, stayed out of trouble and fought hard to get her sister back. Tessa thinks she's protecting her legal guardianship by anonymously giving money to people in need and saying Finn did it.

Even though she hasn't heard from him since he left, she still loves him. And Finn hasn't been able to get Tessa out of his mind for the past ten years. He thinks returning the car will cure him. Then circumstances force him to stay in town longer than he intended and their lives get a little more complicated.

The arson storyline was eh. I didn't buy the social worker part - a 16 year old would have input in her own care. And Finn's life of crime wasn't cool; he was a slacker. At times the story worked. At other times I thought the author was trying too hard. The banter seemed forced, didn't flow. I did like the winter Vermont setting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable October 15, 2007
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I've gulped down three Lani Diane Rich novels now and I think I'll take a break now. Not because I'm sick of her writing. Oh no! Not that. It is because I finished reading "The Comeback Kiss" and I really want to savor this one, perhaps read it again, savor it again, and then move to another one of her novels.

Rich does many things well: Dialogue, pacing, plot machinations, and a nice mix of humor and drama. But her characters are really where it is at. Her main characters are often the type who are usually the secondary characters that usually want to get to know better in other novels. You know the ones. The charming thief who adds character to the story. The no-nonsense sister who adds contrast to the heroine. But in Rich's novels, these characters are the focus and she shows how they can carry a novel.

Tessa Scuderi and Dermot "Finn" Finnegan were high school sweethearts and trouble makers in their youth when Finn decides to leave the same night he takes her virginity. To add salt to the wound, he steals her car.

Just in a summary, that makes for some high octane cad behavior, but the devil is in the details and Finn is a mix of being exactly what he seems and not quite what he seems.

Tessa is a woman who gets her heart broken, her favorite car stolen, loses her virginity and becomes an adult all in one night. Any other heroine would have cracked but Tessa is not that kind of woman. In Rich's hands, she is a credible survivor who keeps her head and her senses above board. She's got a right to be angry at Finn but her personality is such that it makes sense why she isn't wallowing in bitterness.

Rich's secondary cast is also stellar: Babs, Izzy, Joe, Margie, Vicki, the dog, Wallace, the Tarpeys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting....
I really enjoyed the concept of the story. I would have liked a little more detail/closure a few different things. Other than that, good plot. Good, fast read.
Published 2 months ago by Janelle.Gillmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Love her books!
I decided to read this book because I have all of her books and like to read one every so often. I personally can't read the same time of book right after each other - then I will... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Super read...fun and romantic
Great story....love the writer...didn't realize I had read another of her books...The fortune quilt. You can almost picture the characters while reading her work.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Home
What a cute and sometimes quirky story. There are so many parts I thought were very funny, especially when Finn or the mischievous teenager Izy said anything. Read more
Published 5 months ago by readbychoice
5.0 out of 5 stars CUTE, CUTE BOOK!
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it was a followup to a previous book, but doesn't matter, I loved it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run
I love Lani Diane and have been making it a point to read all of her books. This one was just another in a long list of the ones I love. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cute and Quirky Tale
While I enjoyed the characters (including the secondary ones), I can't quite figure out why I didn't love the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LLK
5.0 out of 5 stars fun!
A fun, light hearted read. I loved the humor...Finn's one liners crack me up. I also loved Wallace, and I'm sooo not a dog person. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars cute mystery
Good plot, interesting characters. Kind if predictable. But a nice light mystery with some drama, action and romance in it.
Published 12 months ago by j
5.0 out of 5 stars LaniFan
I truly loved this book. It's one of those books you pick up and fall in love with as you read it.
The characters are awesome. Funny, flawed and not over the top. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jwreinhold
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More About the Author

I'm Lani, and I'm a writer, a teacher, and a mom. I live in Syracuse, NY with my husband and two daughters. My favorite color is yellow, and I have a thing for polka dots that borders on the ridiculous.

I wrote my first book, "Time Off For Good Behavior" during NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month, fifty thousand words in the thirty days of November - and was the first previously-unpublished author to publish a NaNoWriMo manuscript. It's a very specific niche, but it's all mine. "Time Off" won the Rita Award for Best First Book, and I went on to publish another seven solo novels and one collaboration. So, apparently, it wasn't a fluke. I find that comforting.

At the moment, I'm writing magical romance novels as Lucy March. I'm still Lani on the inside; it's a publishing thing. If you'd like to learn more about what I'm doing now, visit LaniDianeRich.com, LucyMarch.com, or StoryWonk.com. And thank you!

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