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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373795459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373795451
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,684,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathleen O'Reilly is the author of the Downtown Press novel The Diva's Guide to Selling Your Soul. She is also the author of numerous contemporary love stories; her short story "Halo, Goodbye" appears in the New Year's Eve anthology In One Year and Out the Other, available from Downtown Press. She lives in New York with her husband and their two children. Visit her on the web at www.kathleenoreilly.com, or write her at P.O. Box 312, Nyack, NY 10960.

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It's such a strange twist of fate that I ended up as a writer. I swore up and down that I would never write, but everyone always shook their head and said, "Kathleen, you're going to be a writer." As fate would have it, they were right, and I wasn't (don't you hate that?)

My favorite part of writing is creating my characters. I fall in love with everyone in each book, and it's pure magic when it all comes to life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rcohn20 on January 25, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kathleen O'Reilly is incredible...the writing was sharp, intelligent, sensual, and captivated me for 4 full days. I literally couldn't put the book down and didn't want the story to end. I was ravenous for more as the chapters went on! The two main characters are completely relatable and the story line keeps you completely intrigued! A must read!
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By Rube on June 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow, what an idiosyncratic, funny category romance! Harlequin Blaze, I hardly knew ye.

With her job on the line, Jennifer Dade, a reporter for the Times, is sent to a small town to find a story. She finds the Salinger-like Aaron Barksdale, who is nursing the pain of rejection by his narcissistic father, and problems caused by the mistakes of his youth.

I loved how uncompromising this book is. The heroine makes dumb mistakes, just like in real life. The hero is crusty, immature, and hermit-like. Resolutions are not always won. Love isn't redemptive. The characters are relentlessly themselves. And yet, the book still manages to be sexy and achingly romantic. Didi the grand dame agent has the best lines. The writing is sharp and funny, and contains some great send-ups of New York literary types.
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By Emma McG on February 24, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
It took me three times to read this book. The final time, I made it past the second chapter. I literally had to force myself to keep reading, and that is only because it was too late to submit it for a refund. Honestly, please do not waste your money on this book. It had numerous issues....

Firstly, the "hero" is a complete emotionless jerk. What's worse is that the author actually tells the reader that, as if it's supposed to endear him to us. It would if he went on his journey and found himself at the end. But he doesn't. At the end, he still has the emotional range of a teaspoon and repeatedly asks the heroine why she loves him. (Aside: I was asking that too!)

The "heroine" talks the entire book about wanting to write for "The Times" or wanting to get back to it. But to be honest, the impression that I got from the author about her was that she wasn't good enough. She whined and complained for the first few days of her initial assignment and then the hero basically does her job for her. So why does she deserve this big-time reporter job?

The story seemed to jump around a lot, and the author seemed to go out of her way to be ridiculously verbose in descriptions of places, actions, etc. I'm all for not showing us all the facets to the characters, but it just seemed as if things in Aaron's "past" just kept popping up out of nowhere, like his son who isn't really his son.

In summary, I found this book to be incredibly boring and tedious. The characters weren't especially interesting nor did they have any sort of transforming or redeeming experience to make them more appealing; instead, they remained much like their story: pedestrian and mawkish.
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