I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. It's funny, intelligent, and the characters seem real and believable. I love Donna Kauffman's style. The mystery/suspense part of the story was a bit tedious, I thought, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
I like this author. She has a mix of fun and serious style when she writes a story.
Tanzy Harrington is the Bay Aread most read romance columist and self proclaimed love-em and leave-em artist. and she's not quite ready to tie herself down to one man. That is until Riley Parish lands on the scene. When Tanzy house-sits for her eccentric great -aunt, and finds herself sharing close quarters with Riley.At first he seems a bit too much like the sheep Tanzy derides in her column--too polite , the classic boring good provider. But when she catches a glimpse of the wolf luring in his eyes, the ultimate alpha female is about to take a fall.
Crazy about this author! Love all her books.
From the publisher:
In this face paced sexy romp, a woman who is a self-avowed lone wolf-with a trail of broken hearts behind her-finds herself face to face with love.
This was a great book. I love kauffmans books. This is sort of a nowadays romance with both sexes in charge.
Tanzy Harrington is a columnist who writes about romance. Her cynical wolf/sheep theory attracts the attention of what could be a stalker. Her great aunt hires Riley Parrish to protect her. Tanzy soon finds herself involved with Riley and learns some new things about herself in the process. Quick read.
Been-there, done-that babe falls for Mr. Nice Guy, in a first from romancer Kauffman. Tanzy Harrington prefers supersexy, totally irresponsible men, and she's bedded plenty of them. Good old dependable dudes who have Husband Material stamped on them just don't do it for her, and she's not afraid to let the readers of her Bay Area online romance column know she's the Last Bridesmaid and proud of it (pages of breezy chat with her fans and friends make the point ever so clear). In her wonderful world are two kinds of men: Sheep and Wolves. Fortunately, she seems to have an unbreakable heart, though she herself has broken a few, and nothing has ever gone wrong in her little moral universe. Marriage is fine for the other Sheep but baaaaaaaaaaad for her (quite a few ovine sound effects punctuate this narrative, interspersed with greeting-card wisdom from snappy-talking Tanzy). But her aristocratic Aunt Millicent, a silver-haired Vassar graduate who never lets anyone forget it, thinks that Tanzy needs something more in her consequence-free life. Tanzy thinks Millicent's latest choice is definitely a Sheep--or is security expert Riley Parrish really a Wolf? When an anonymous fan begins to harass Tanzy, Riley steps in, though she doesn't know that Millicent paid him to protect her. He's happy to accompany sexy Tanzy to San Francisco soirees, even get up close and personal in the back of a limo if the job calls for it, but he's much too cool to get wrapped around her pretty little finger. She can't figure out why she's so attracted to him, since he definitely isn't her type--is he? The subplot moves glacially toward various suspects: Could it be the creepy middle-aged geek? The frumpy blond lesbianwith a secret crush? Maybe it's a creepy middle-aged geek masquerading as an obsessed lesbian! Or .
This was a cute little entertaining book. Not your top of the line chick lit, but entertaining nonetheless.
Suspense meets contemporary romantic comedy as Kauffman takes a detour from her usual historical romances (The Charm Stone) to follow a hip young alpha female in San Francisco. Tanzy Harrington writes a romance column for MainLine, "the hottest online magazine since Salon." In her column, "Tanzy Tells All," she asserts that "men can be put into two categories, wolves and sheep"; Tanzy is a fervent fan of "Wolf Sex" (practiced by single nonconformists) and determined to resist the cozy allure of "Sheep Sex" (for the marrieds), even though she's recently become "the Last Bridesmaid in a social circle filled with Till-Death-Do-Us-Parters." Her opinions set off a flurry of controversy and garner her one particularly obsessed cyberfan, SoulM8, who turns into a full-fledged stalker. Her rich great-aunt Millicent hires Riley Parrish to protect Tanzy while she house-sits at Millicent's estate during the Christmas holidays. Riley has all the outward markers of a stolid good provider, but he turns out to be the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. Can he tame Tanzy's wolfish heart? Tanzy and Riley have lively, likable voices, but the stalker mystery subplot never really gathers steam, and neither do Tanzy and Riley's interminable presex dialogues (though Kauffman's sizzling love scenes are almost worth the wait). Kauffman's lack of attention to vital mystery action ingredients (there's not one car chase or image of Riley really pumping those fab abs) will dismay readers searching for a new Stephanie Plum. But for those dreaming of alpha males at poolside? It might fit the bill.
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This was a fun book. Kinda a bit chick-litty but with a stalker and an incognito bodyguard.
A classic romance with humor, suspense and lots of sexiness.
Absolutely LOVE this author. This did not disapoint in any way, the plot even had a "twist".
I grabbed this not being familiar with the author, and it proved to be a terrific read! I'm now gathering more of her stuff to read soon!
Funny and cute! Loved it!
Not quite finished with it yet, but I'll rate it OK. Drags a bit in the middle - too much foreplay for me! :)
This was a cute sexy little mystery.
In this fast-paced, sexy romp a woman who's self-avowed lone wolf---with a trail of broken hearts behind her---finds herself face-to-face with love.
Tanzy Harrington is the Bay Area's most-read romance columnist and self-proclaimed love-'em-and-leave-'em artist - and she's not quite ready to tie herself down to one man. That is, until Riley Parrish lands on the scene.
When Tanzy agrees to house-sit for her eccentric great-aunt, she finds herself sharing close quarters with Riley. At fist he seems a bit too much like the "sheep" Tanzy derided in her column - too polite, the classic boring good provider. But when she catches a glimpse of the "wolf" lurking in his eyes, the ultimate alpha female is about to take a fall.
The Big Bad Wolf Tells All is typical Donna Kaufmann