Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: December 1st 2000
Publisher: Silhouette Desire
Pages: 192 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Disgraced political lobbyist and current bestselling author Luke Minteer is stuck serving on a jury for an irritating case of a man suing his ex-fianceé to get his ring back. The only thing making his time on the jury bearable is an attractive, unmarried, and very pregnant fellow juror named Brenna Morgan. Luke has never been serious about any woman before, and he’s shocked to find himself having happily-ever-after thoughts about Brenna, a talented artist with a tragic past.
This is a classic Barbara Boswell, short-contemporary romance from the Harlequin imprint, Silhouette Desire (SD). It was No. 1333, originally released December, 2000. The Kindle edition is well-edited and well-formatted.
This book is part of a series about the Minteer brothers written by Boswell for “Man of the Month,” which was a special promotion by the editors of SD. Each month they would choose one book from their lineup to be written primarily from the hero’s point of view.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, I was a big fan of Barbara Boswell and read everything she wrote because she does a terrific job at adding clever touches of humor to her romance novels without ever resorting to slapstick. This book has many funny moments, the best in the book the moment that the heroine meets the hero’s mother, sister and sister-in-law. Boswell does a great job in this book, as she does in all her romances, creating sensuality through emotional intensity rather than resorting to detailed descriptions of sexual acts. The author also handles with sensitivity and tact the effects on the heroine’s present life of a horrible event in the heroine’s childhood that it would be a spoiler for me to spell out.
Though this book was written as part of a series, it has no cliffhanger, and can easily stand alone. Fans of Barbara Boswell, or fans of short-contemporary romance in general, will enjoy this terrific example of Boswell’s work.
I was able to check out this book from the online, digital portion of my local public library. Once I checked out the book, it was a simple, two-click procedure to download a Kindle edition of this book through Amazon, and I had a full three weeks to read it.