Fans of New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips, Jennifer Probst and Julie James will fall in love with Sherrill Bodine!
SHE'S STEALING HIS HEART . . .
Vintage boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood-and the man who helped ruin her father.
ONE KISS AT A TIME
Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal-she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name-he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface . . . and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really wanted . . . is each other?
This light, innocuous romance continues Bodine's exploration of the complicated love hate relationship between two Chicago old-money families. Vintage jewelry boutique owner Venus Smith, sister of the heroine of A Black Tie Affair, acquires an antique mermaid brooch stolen long ago from the Clayworth department stores. She decides to use it as leverage to find out why her old crush, Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, ousted her father as treasurer of the company. The two begin a mix of amateur sleuthing and mutual lusting while unraveling bits of history about Connor's beloved aunt and uncle. Gossip column excerpts feel out of place for the modern setting; all the characters are shallow and inconsistent; and there's no appeal in either the lackluster mystery plot or Venus and Connor's abrupt shift from vague disdain to true love.