Author: Dee Dawning
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Women’s fashion entrepreneur, Keli Michaels,’ mundane life is about turn topsy turvy. It all starts when her business partner and best friend, Tya, arranges a blind date with her cousin, but fails to tell Keli about it until two hours before their dinner reservations. Despite Keli’s well founded annoyance, Ty convinces her to at least go out with him.
But when he arrives, Keli discovers something else her duplicitous friend failed to tell her. She is shocked to find out Ty’s favorite cousin, Phillip (Trevor) Gordon, has long blond hair, beautiful baby blues and is cuter than hell.
Having never considered dating interracially, Keli, although apprehensive, reluctantly accompanies Ty’s handsome cousin, out on the town in a limo, and enjoys the most wonderful date of her life.
With the stars aligned, inevitably drawing this unlikely pair together, passion ignites and burns hot. But will it evolve into true love or simply burn itself out and fade away?
First I want to say that I did enjoy this book, it was a light and fast read. There were also some very humerous aspects in this book. Unfortunately some of them came when the mood of the book should have been something other than comedy.
The main female character of the book, Keli Michaels, a young African Amerian woman, is a part owner of a small clothing botique in the Chicago area. She is described as somewhat tall for a woman, thin, and very physically attractive. She is also single and alone. She gets fixed up on a "blind date" by her business partner, Tya, who doesn't bother to tell her about the date till 2 hours before the date. Turns out that the date is Tya's cousin, Phillip "Trevor" Gordon, is caucasian. She is somewhat reluctant at first but after speaking with Tya again, she decides to go on the date.
Phillip "Trevor" Gordon is described as handsome, intelligent and clearly he is also lonely since he asked his cousin by marriage to fix him up with her best friend. Turns out that he is moving from Colorado to Chicago for work purposes, he works in the research and development department of a Hi-Tech company. He is taking a new position that gives him additional responsibilities and a nice pay raise. He was also attracted to Keli thru pictures that his cousin sent him. He also seems to be in a big rush to get into a relationship and proceeds to work his way into Keli's life.
Keli doesn't like Phillip's nickname "Gordy" so they decide that she will call him by his middle name Trevor or "Trev". This is also where the story runs into some problems for me. Within an hour of meeting Keli, "Trev" is kissing her. He invites her out for another date to take place the next day and proceeds to move their relationship along at a really fast pace. The relationship heats up and this is where the author must have become somewhat uncomfortable with the topic because the wording of their sexual acts changed alot during the same page and some was just uncomfortable for me to read.
Then for some reason the author felt that the story needed some mystery and added a mystery element. I'm not really sure why this element was added instead of spending the time in slowing down the characters and really developing a relationship but that is where the author chose to go. The relationship between the two main characters never becomes more than superficial in my opinion and I was disappointed in that. I would have liked to have seen the story lengthened and have the characters better developed and also had the sexual aspect of the book handled differently.
The story does have a happy ending and in that respect I was not dis-satisfied.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
FTC Disclosure: This book was purchased by the reviewer