From Publishers Weekly
Shades of Miss Congeniality lend a rosy hue to this frisky romance, which will entertain those who enjoyed Lane's previous charmer, Romancing Riley. The story opens as Miss Kansas Summer Squash, Lacie Jo Baxter, is being kidnapped and tossed in the trunk of a car-tiara, beaded gown and all. A successful beauty queen is nothing if not resourceful, so Lacie whacks her captor with her baton and gains her freedom. Fearing another attempt on Lacie's life, local authorities assign FBI agent Ben Camaglia, who's cooling his heels in Kansas after roughing up a senator's son, to keep an eye on her. Though the attraction between the two is immediate, it isn't until the kidnapper strikes again and a startling piece of Lacie's past comes to light that things really start to heat up. The author's use of comically protracted sentences ("If [Lacie] had to be nice to Ben, it didn't hurt that he was the hottest thing in these parts since the Lewis house burned to the ground and the volunteer fire department couldn't put out the blaze for two days because of the corn liquor that Marge and Buddy had tucked away in their root cellar") will make some readers feel as if they've just run a marathon, but in the end, they will be glad they did.
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*Starred Review* Lacie Jo Baxter, Miss Kansas Summer Squash, wears her tiara and sash proudly, even after a kidnapper throws her into the trunk of a car. Lacie manages to escape, then flashes her beauty queen smile at the crowd of people keeping vigil at her house. FBI agent Ben Camaglia has been exiled from his high-profile job in Washington, D.C., to Klaber Falls, Kansas, after punching out a senator's son who beat up a prostitute. To Ben, Lacie seems just a little too calm and collected after her brush with a kidnapper, and he's anxious to find out who is trying to kidnap this perpetually cheerful beauty, and why. Once again, Lane has penned a fast-paced, hilarious romantic comedy. As in her previous romps, including Guilty Little Secrets
[BKL Ap 1 03], she takes two characters totally unsuited for each other, puts them into a seemingly normal but, in fact, off-kilter situation, surrounds them with zany secondary characters, and takes them, and the reader, for the ride of their lives. Consistently strong comic voices are few and far between, and Lane's is one of the best. Shelley MosleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved