As a behavioral scientist, Professor Nicole Hathaway's work strips away the foolish mystique that surrounds the human mating dance. When her academic tome is treated as a viral "love manual" her ecstatic publisher books her to appear all over the U.S. and Europe. Worse yet, her quiet, managed life has been shattered by a series of incompetent assistants. And she's certain this Lily Smith creature isn't going to be any less a burden than the last assistant they sent her. Or the one before that. Or before that...
Lillian Linden-Smith needs this job. With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for her blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all Ph.D. for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time.
From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.
It's hate at first sight in this love adventure from the author of Above Temptation, Roller Coaster and dozens of other best-selling, award-winning novels.
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I don't like scoring low the hard work someone puts into a novel, but in this case there are some areas of improvement which would have made the story a 4stars. I have to say I am not sure this is the authors fault I my mind the editor and the person reviewing the audio could have helped her to make it a four story. First to say I like the story, it could be a perfect easy listing romance. The idea of a romance developing between two woman as the travel Europe and Russia to promote a book is a nice one. The characters in the novel are loveable and believable. The problem areas, are some jarring issues around - the accents used in the narrator for some of the people in the story, Any one reviewing this audio before release could have suggested not using them, I know someone else commented on them in a review in audible, but for the English (well welsh) they really are a odd dick van dick, voice coming from a welsh butch lesbian, kinda odd. The dialogue for this the UK uses words like "mate" or "love" and really no one in the UK says that anymore for the characters in the book. Is should not be a big deal but it loses a bit of credibility to the story. I think a bit more research or bit of watching of UK media might have helped here. To me the narrator is actually good, I like her voice, and the emotion she puts into it, the problem is just a few of the accents, and in some cases there is over emotional import for basic descriptions of surroundings, so maybe a bit more balance here. The author was good, but I think there is a bit to much description of basic "life" stuff, which could have been removed, because if it they a descriptive passages of just basic activities we all do,then we don't need really the detail. A few I found hard like "the rain danced on the road", kinda odd description of the rain, an editor could have commented on (I guess). In the end the romance is okay, and I do like all the little events in the story, its pleasant and friendly. But if its a light romance story, then really its missing the key event, when the famous three words are said, this is not a clear event in the story, but moves quickly to the next stage of marriage, So I guess I am saying if its to be a pleasant romance then it needed more the "I love you" part of story and how this plays out. A couple of other minor things, the author creates characters the characters "libedo" and (don't remember) and use them as inter thoughts, like, libedo says lets just do it", thats okay its an interesting device, but then its over used. This over use of devices was case with a few things in the novel, such as the when Professor Nicole, constantly resorts to medical terms to describe emotions, it great a few times, and we understand the need to clearly define the Professor is having hard time relating to her own emotions, but its over used as device in the love. So why do I write such a long review, because I like the narratior and I like the author, and I like the story. It just did not come togather well enough to allow for four stars and Im hoping a view points or even indirect thougths may help the author, because I want to hear and read more from Kathleen Roche-Zujko, Karin Kallmaker, but maybe with more help from editors and reviews.
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As an English woman I was disgusted with the accent.was she trying to do dick van dyke in Mary Poppins. Please don't do an English accent again. I was looking forward to this book but I feel the narrator really let the book down