Isn't It Romantic?
Highly recommended, 5 stars
JKatrine Summerville and Trey
Westomorland are sworn enemies and they haven't even met yet!
The widowed Katrine is a romance writer who does not believe
in happily ever after. She was first abandoned at age five and
then faced going through her pregnancy alone at age eighteen.
Matter-of-fact Trey Westmorland is a literary review columnist
for a newspaper who carries a bitterness for the failed marriage
he experienced along with a distaste for romance novels and what
he believes is a warped expectation of love portrayed in them.
Katrine and Trey are brought
together through the services of a Dating Service guaranteeing
Katrine the perfect escort to squire her to an awards ceremony.
As for Trey he is under the impression that he has engaged Katrine
to be his companion for the evening. "My mom sells sex
for a living" uttered by Katrine's precocious eleven year
old while Mom is in another part of the house leads Tony to believe
he may be in for a little more than he had anticipated. Katrine
overhears the exclamation and is of course unaware that Shelly
has neglected to mention the sex Mom sells is between the covers
of her books.
Unbeknownst to these confused
participants is the fact that they do have a bit of past history.
Katrine the romance novelist writes under a pseudonym. Tony
the reviewer also uses a nom de plume, flamed one of Katrine's
books in the past after which she sued him and won. They are
now both up for an award at this ceremony. Following their unpropitious
meeting the scene is set for an extremely funny frolic through
a labyrinth of spreading entanglement blistering physical fascination,
and dog-eat-dog one up-manship. Following a series of boisterously
entertaining mishaps the pair is assigned by Katrine's edior
and Trey's boss to undertake a month of concentrated dating during
which Trey is to provide businesslike critique and Katrine is
write about how romantic the encounters are.
If you like romantic comedy prepare
yourself for non stop giggles as you traverse this excellent
work, Isn't It Romantic, by writer Rhonda Thompson. With a
hunk of a hero on the order of Diana Garcia's handsome character
in Stardust and a heroine as determined and attractive as Ann
Bachman's Jonilee Hughes in Broken Dreams author Thompson has
crafted a well wrought narrative peopled with likeable characters,
scintillating dialogue and just plain fun. I am not overly fond
of romances, I prefer mysteries, however in the case of writer
Thompson's Isn't It Romantic I delighted to make an exception
and look forward to the next by this talented writer.