“Why would you decide to seduce me? And why now after all these years?”
Southern debutante Vivienne LaBlanc can’t believe bad-boy rock star Connor Mansfield is back in town for the New Orleans annual Saints and Sinners pageant. He has a reputation as wicked as his devilish smile, and Vivi has no intention of becoming one of his latest groupies!
He once crushed her high school heart, so playing the saint to Connor’s sinner should be easy. But how can Vivi get those less than angelic thoughts out of her head—especially when Connor’s so good at tempting her to be bad?
Next month, watch out for the second book in Kimberly Lang’s duet: The Taming of a Wild Child
After finishing a book that infuriated me for many reasons, I needed something lighter and more fun. The Downfall of a Good Girl was in my pile of review books, and it turned out it was exactly the kind of book I was looking for.
Harlequin’s KISS category is brand new, and of the few books I have read in the line so far, I’ve found they deliver exactly what the packaging promises. They read like romantic comedy films, but I prefer romantic comedies in book form. Though I’m no fan of Grand Gestures to finish books, they do come with the territory here, so I manage!
A common complaint with category romance is that many of the books are out of touch with younger men and women of today. I have to admit to giving up on more than one book that was too dated and conservative even for my grandmothers!
So KISS is a breath of fresh air for another generation. These are people who live and operate in the modern world, and think and act like people in their twenties and thirties actually do. I also appreciate the more mature behaviour (no cutie pie idiot characters to be seen); when a character screws up, they take responsibility for it.
The Downfall of a Good Girl is set in New Orleans, and features two characters who are pitted against each other for a charity event. Only a couple of months ago I read another book with a near-identical setup, down to the same city setting. The difference is that this one worked for me in all the ways the other didn’t. Again, it was the contemporary, realistic feel of this category line (the characters in the other one acted like ninety-year-olds in a Christian cult!).
I like reunion-type stories, and I especially like them if there was some animosity between the two characters when they last saw each other. This kind of plot gives us enough background to make the fairly quick development of the relationship believable, and also injects some drama into the story.
Author Kimberly Lang captures the atmosphere of New Orleans better than most writers, and she used just enough local touches to give a feel of the city without making it seem like a travel guide.
I can’t find much wrong with this one, and think it’s an excellent example of what KISS is all about.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.