Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Man In A Million by Jessica Bird

Spoilers Alert!

Book Description

“Have you met Madeline Maguire?”

Sure have, Spike thought. I saw her last night in my dreams.

As far as bad boy Spike Moriarty was concerned, Madeline Maguire defined female perfection. When they'd met, she'd walked up as if she wasn't the most gorgeous thing on the planet and asked to see his tattoos. He--a tough guy who'd make grown men run--had just about passed out. But their connection was definitely one-way…it had to be. Because he could never be the man in a million she was looking for, not with the things he'd done and seen. So for as long as she'd let him, he'd give her whatever she wanted. He'd worry about her walking away when it happened.

What a sweet and light romance, coming from the author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood books. It is an uncomplicated story – predictable even – but oh, so fun to read, that I finished it in one 4-hour sitting.

Madeline was born rich, and had always been made to feel that she never lived up to her father’s expectation. So she ran off and became a competitive sailor. Spike - pierced, tattooed and leather-wearing - had done time for killing his sister’s attacker. He is now a renowned chef. Both have self-esteem issues. Both have problem trusting another. Both are strongly attracted to each other, but each thinks the other is too good for, and not interested in, self.

Enters Sean O’Banyon, their mutual friend, who plays match-maker. Madeline and Spike spend a weekend together. A huge misunderstanding perpetuated by Madeline’s devious half-brother drives the lovers apart. But they get their well-deserved happily-ever-after in the end.

Madeline and Spike are well-drawn and likeable characters. Madeline, an Amazonian, feels unattractive and thinks no man wants her. She’s an accomplished sailor, but is vulnerable and often feels awkward. Spike looks, acts and talks tough, but is an honourable, sweet and considerate man. He will do anything for those he loves. These two do deserve each other and they are so good together.

The story’s focus is Madeline and Spike’s relationship – their progression from burning attraction to love. There are some side plots but these are merely fillers.

This story (oh, all right…it’s Spike specifically) puts a smile on my face and I’ve enjoyed it very much. The only let-down is the cover of the book, which does absolutely nothing to reflect or recommend the fine story within.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingWarm

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