Friday, September 13, 2013

Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips

From Penguin/Signet Romance:

In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father.  But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity's finest?

Assistant D.A. Erin Marsden is Serendipity's quintessential good girl.  The daughter of the ex-police chief, she's never made a misstep, content with her quiet, predictable life... or so she things.  Until Cole Sanders shows up with heated interest in his eyes and shadows in his past.

After seven years of deep undercover work in New York, Cole returns to town to help his aging father and find his moral compass again.  Not to get involved with wholesome Erin Marsden.  Even as a rebellious teen, he new a girl like Erin was off limits.  But neither can resist their off-the-charts chemistry, and a one-night stand brings complications neither expected.  

Then a case puts Erin in a killer's crosshairs, and Erin succumbs to Cole's take-charge attitude.  As a bodyguard, he's the best.  As a love, he's even better.  But there's more than Erin's safety at stake.  And Cole must forgive the sins of his past and prove to himself - and to Erin - that he's capable of the love and the forever she so desperately needs.  

Let's be honest, most romance stories have been told before.  The test of a good romance novel is whether you can look past this and still become enthralled with the story.  Here, we have girl's childhood crush (the town bad boy, of course) returns home.  Girl, restless and wanting adventure, hooks up with the bad boy.  Things happen, bad boy has to get over himself and eventually, against all odds, the two live happily ever after.  We all know this, yet we still can't get enough of a good romance.  Perfect Fling was a good romance.  

Perfect Fling is a perfect beach read, full of mystery and heart.  Despite the predictable story, Perfect Fling was thoroughly enjoyable.  If you are a fan of Phillips other works, you will love this return to Serendipity.  


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