I've taken out several Carly Phillips books out of the library this past week(Body Heat, The Right Choice, Under the Boardwalk, Sealed with a Kiss) and been reading them one after the other. Apparently, Carly only has one story in her and all the books are variations on a theme. The heroine will be "running away from her family" for some reason. She has an annoying habit of licking her lips alot which the hero finds erotic. The hero, who often has an injured shoulder, is in law enforcement in some manner, and has had an unhappy childhood in foster homes. The injured shoulder leads to a lot of the heroine-on-top sex. All smooches are full of really gymnastic tongues- including the first getting to know you kiss. There's often an unusual pet involved who is unusually and unrealistically precocious. Seriously, all of these things are present in all three books that I've read. Read one? You've read them all.
What a great read! A real page turner for me. I loved the characters, including the monkey, Spank who had me laughing. This was my first read of Carly Phillips and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had my interest from the very beginning and I finished it in less than a week (which is saying a lot for me because I am a slow reader lol). I loved Ari, a very smart and somewhat stubborn woman and Quinn who was very sexy with a heart of gold. Great story with some suspense and a happy ending. The only disappointment was it had to end:0)
Ariana Costas came from a strong Greek family of con-artists. She escaped to Vermont where she is sad, boring college professor. When her twin, Zoe, disappears she has to go home and find out what happened. Witty, entertaining, and sexy!
This book is the first in Carly Phillips' Costas Sisters Series. Her style in this series reminds me of Sherryl Woods' writing style a bit, and I'm thrilled about that! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the second book to the market!
Ariana Costas may have moved to Vermont, but the college prof's still a Jersey girl at heart - at least according to her wacky Greek family of eccentrics. Her twin sister's gone missing and Ari returns home to find her. Enter gorgeous Detective Quinn Donovan. The characters grow on you...
Love Carly Phillips and this book doesn't fail to bring out the best in her writing. A great book that gives it all... a bit of mystery, a bit of action and a bit of lovin. This is deffinately My Big Fat Greek Wedding kind of funny with a family full of good hearted, if not slightly off, cons and freaks. It is impossible to read it and not fall in love with the entire family. It might be a light read, but it is enjoyable none the less.
A fast -paced, flirty, and adventurous romance. - New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips delights her readers with wit,a little wackiness, and tantelizing encounters. -Its all waiting for you in this red-hot escapade waiting for you at the Jersey Shore.
Ariana Costas may be a college professor in Vermont, but she's still a Jersey girl at heart - atleast according to her lovable, eccentric Greek family. Then her twin sister, Zoe, disapears and her Jersey roots tug hard. Soon Ari is back home, ducking bullets and, to her chagrin, getting rescued by a hunk in a black leather jacket. Detective Quinn Donovan takes one look at the windblown beauty - and then looks again. If this lady isn't Zoe Costas, it's someone who looks exactly like her. Suddenly, Ari's in trouble deeper than the Atlantic at high tide, and Quinn is trying to protect her without spilling his own well-gaurded secrets...as deja vu just might become the love affair of a lifetime.
Ariana Costas, the heroine of Phillips's (The Heartbreaker, etc.) featherweight confection, is a Jersey girl with a wacky family who quickly gets caught up in some potentially dangerous hijinks. Sound familiar? Despite the parallels, Ariana is no Stephanie Plum. Rather, she's a confused, repressed psychology professor who feels like a misfit in her family of eccentrics. But when she learns that her twin sister, Zoe, has gone missing, she reluctantly returns to her family home just outside of Atlantic City. Shortly thereafter, she's shot at and saved by gorgeous undercover police detective Quinn Donovan, who tells her, in no uncertain terms, that Zoe is fine and that she should hightail it out of town for her sister's safety and her own. Instead, Ariana decides to don Zoe's miniskirt and do some sleuthing at the casino where Zoe worked. When Ariana isn't poking around the casino or heating up the pages with Quinn, she's trying to talk some sense into her parents, a pair of lovable Addams family look-alikes who are plotting their next money-making scheme. Phillips's passive prose prevents her protagonists from growing beyond their prescribed roles, and her ham-handed humor contributes little to the story (Ariana's family owns a monkey named Spank, which naturally leads to exchanges like this oneAriana: "Spank who?"; her mother: "Spank the monkey!"). Nevertheless, Phillips's tale is loaded with enough sexual pyrotechnics to light a fire under her fans.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
Ariana Costas thinks she is the only "normal" one in her wacky gypsy-like family who live by pulling cons. When her sister Zoe is missing, Ariana comes home from Vermont to find her. She finds her family the same as when she left, and a new addition to the family - a monkey whose actions and foot stomping fit right in. As she begins her quest to find Zoe, she finds a different side of herself and a relationship with a leather jacketed hot stranger. But is he friend or foe? This is a good book for by the fireplace on a winter night or at the beach on a hot day. Easy, fun read, with charactors that will make you laugh. Recommend.