SMOOTH MOVES (SENSUAL ROMANCE S.) Paperback – Import, May 3, 2002
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But she has a secret. She may be new in town, but she's no stranger to Zack and something tells her that something's wrong with the picture Laurel is painting of Zack. And despite the new look, she's still the same woman as before, one whose doubts about Laurel's story continue to deepen as the story unfolds. On top of all this, she's had a crush on Zack since he'd rescued her years before while swimming. And so she agrees to the routine the women outlined, neglecting to tell them she has her own agenda: She has no intention of dumping Zack after the seduction. Poor Zack has no premonition of what is about to hit him.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about the disastrous wedding-day-that-wasn't, about Zack's family [especially his brother Adam & the role he played] and about Cathy's sense of justice.
It's been too long a wait for a Carrie Alexander book, but SMOOTH MOVES was well worth it. The conversations flowed fast and furiously and got more than one laugh out of me. The love scenes, in true Alexander fashion, sizzle. The hero and heroine are sympathetic characters, and the 'woman scorned' was, I felt, quite deliciously diabolical. I feel the author should make Laurel the subject of her own book and perhaps learn the true meaning of love. A bit of groveling wouldn't hurt either. <grin>
Cathy isn't quite the newcomer that the circle of Quimby gals thinks she is. Even though, as a young, insecure girl, she only spent a year in the small town, Cathy has never forgotten the boy who championed her. Now divorced with a completely different appearance, Cathy has her own agenda for rising to the challenge of seducing Zachary Brody. The start of Zack's romantic comeuppance turns into something else entirely.
SMOOTH MOVES in an enticing read of revenge, secrets and small town gossip. Carrie Alexander creates a fast-paced, tightly written story reminiscent of Peyton Place, with healthy doses of humor and witty, alluring dialogue. Cathy and Zack embark on a believable, heated romance and all of the secondary characters add flavor and nuance to a small town with character of its own. Here's hoping Ms. Alexander has many more stories up her sleeve for other characters in Quimby.
I highly recommend you put the chaise lounge in your favorite shady spot, grab a tall glass of iced tea, then sit back and enjoy the fireworks in SMOOTH MOVES!
The group agrees to teach Mr. Heartbreaker a lesson and choose newcomer Cathy as the enticement to break Zack's heart. Cathy agrees to the scheme because she remembers Zack as her champion at school when everyone taunted her for being different. She knows she loved him then and she believes she loves him now even if he fails to recognize her. However, she wonders if he will return her feelings after sampling the town's entire buffet?
SMOOTH MOVES is a bewitching and amusing small town charmer that provides plenty of entertainment due to the antics of the entire cast. The lead couple is a delight, but the secondary characters furnish depth (through gossip and other not so subtle means) that propels the enticing plot forward. Carrie Alexander smoothly moves her tale to a warm conclusion that will lead the audience to wanting more stories focusing on the residents of Quimby.