Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A self-made millionaire, gorgeous and sexy, who also loves to cook and clean? Is this every woman's fantasy or what?
Rosalie Ronaldi, high-powered corporate turnaround expert, doesn't have a domestic bone in her body. Surviving on take-out and dirty martinis, she keeps her shoes under the dining room table, her bras on the towel rack in the bathroom, and her clothes on the couch.
Macho Nick Romeo loves an independent woman because it means no commitment. Until he meets Rosalie and discovers that all he wants to do is take care of her... Before too long, he's moved in, cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog.
But things turn complicated when her job puts her in charge of a dealership Nick has been secretly trying to take over for years, and telling him the truth would blow her whole career, and blow up their relationship too ...
What can I say? I simply luuuurved this book! I ate it up like candy - devoured it!
Now, many of you have figured out by now, I'm not normally a contemporary romance reader - I'm strictly an historical girl, but for a number of reasons I finally got myself a copy of this book! God! What took me so long? I'm so glad I finally read it, and I'm so sorry I waited so long! I was swept up in the world of Brooklyn and yellow volkswagon bugs, Thai take out, stilletto heels and just a really good romantic story! Original, funny, tender and steamy. I felt like I knew these people, I didn't want the book to end, I'll miss them now. It was so well done, and well thought out. Not your average romance novel plot. I loved all the feisty talk and lingo, she had the Italian and slang and Brooklyn-ese down! So many little details of what she wrote were so true as well. Too many to list, but I could just so relate to a lot of what she wrote - it was so much fun to read!
Now, onto the story, this book is a quick and great read. Rosalie Ronaldi is her own career woman living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She's got a good job, a good life and she doesn't want to get married. Sex? Sure, who doesn't want sex, but she doesn't want the strings that go along with it. In walks Nick Romeo, hunk extraordinaire who helps tow her car home (or back to his garage.) She mistakes him for an ordinary (but oh so sexy and handsome) mechanic. He chooses not to tell her that he's really a millionaire, but that was before he knew they were going to start seeing each other - and I mean "seeing each other!" They go from a super passionate unbelievable kiss in an Italian restaurant to virtually moving in with one another. All along are "the rules." No strings: the relationship ends when it's no longer fun.
Nick is an unbelievable guy. I loved him! He cooks, he cleans, he serves breakfast in bed and nurses Rosalie through a bout of pneumonia. What doesn't he do? Just the image of him vacuuming and lifting up a 10 ton couch with one hand as he easily vacuums beneath it - he's Superman! *sigh* He even walks and loves her big lug of a dog. What a dream.
But, all dreams must come to an end, and as Nick and Rosalie realize that things have gone from casual to suddenly special - things start to break apart. There are complications with her job and the fact he hasn't even told her his last name and who he really is in three months! Rosalie is no idiot and she knew his secret early on and was willing to let him keep it. But still, these two nutcases couldn't admit they are in love with each other and are meant for each other! Both have their hang ups about marriage and happiness and what they think they need in their lives. Do they resolve things? Well, you'll just have to read it yourself to find out.
In a book full of energy and snappy repartee and comebacks in the style of "Moonstruck", "The Sopranos" and "Jersey Boys." It was an absolute pleasure to read. I loved Rosalie, I swear I could hear her voice in my head - as I did with all the characters! The writing was smooth and seamless - Robin Kaye, you hit all the buttons, you got it all right! Yay you! Not a single dull moment, everything belonged and fit! Why am I not shocked, based on other things I've read by Robin it's no surprise. She a born storyteller with a knack for writing dialogue, sexy love scenes and all topped off with a sentimental touch that leaves you with tears in your eyes.
I think I need to start reading more contemporaries now! Do yourself a favor and read this book, you won't be sorry!
P.S. I loved several of the little nods to Brooklyn and New York, like lunch at Katz's and of course you had to mention the Pond Scene and Colin Firth! LOL! I'm sorry, Robin, I took so long to read this - forgive me?
Congrats and I can't wait to read your next book, Too Hot to Handle!
And yes, I know this is a really gushy review, but I mean every word of it, even if we're old friends! *grin*