Simplistic contemporary romance. You can read the first and last chapters of the book and know the whole story. No depth to the characters, no plot; just "how soon are these two going to get together"? This author's later
mystery/romances are much, MUCH better. This one is blah, geared more for middle school teenage girls.
The characters are very strong and well developed. Clint McCade realizes one day that the life he always wished for, free lance photographer and free spirit, is empty and unsatisfying. He then realizes that the only time he has ever been happy is with his best friend Sandy Kirk. So he hops on his motorcycle and shows up at her door in the middle of the night prepaired to admit his love for her . . . until she mentions the great guy she met and the love he inspired in her.
His heart crushed, he realizes that the only thing he can do is help his nervous friend to land the man she wants by coaching her in sytle and body language. His lessons soon turn amorous and Sandy soon falls for Clint McCade.
The story is incredibly moving and a great read that contains enough background into a great friendship that is the basis for an incredible love. Truly enjoyable.
Clint McCade and Sandy Kirk have been friends forever. He travels the world as a cameraman, so good at his job that he's won an Emmy and is wealthy. She runs her own film company based in Arizona. He suddenly realizes she is the one thing missing from his life and he's ready to settle down with her forever. However, when he shows up on her doorstep, she confesses she's found her Mr. Right. Clint sticks around to check out the guy and give her lessons on how to seduce a man. In the process, Sandy realizes Clint is her Mr. Right after all.
I've really enjoyed all of Brockmann's Navy SEAL books, and this one didn't work as well for me. I missed the super strong alpha hero. (Clint gets a haircut and starts wearing polo shirts to make Sandy happy.) There is a nice Pretty Woman scene when Clint buys Sandy new clothes and gets her a great haircut. A nice quick read, but not a keeper for me.
Although I liked Clint and Sandy, I thought the book was really boring. There was just too much "I love him/her but don't dare to tell him/her." I don't mind if we are talking about a chapter, maybe even two but we are talking about the whole book. Maybe if this was a short story it would have worked better. I expected humor as well but there were none, not even clever dialogue.
I think Brockmann has better books out there to read. This is definitely not one of them.
its suzanne brockman! its a great read!
Originally published by Bantam Loveswept #889, in May, 1998
Reissued May 20, 2008
Hero: Clint McCade, cinematographer
Heroine: Cassandra "Sandy" Kirk, owner of Video Enterprises
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
* Romantic Times WISH Award for Clint McCade
* RT Reviewer's Choice Finalist for Best Loveswept of 1998