Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review - Beauty's Kiss (Taming of the Sheenans, #2) by Jane Porter


Taylor Harris--Marietta, Montana's new librarian--is the quiet type who likes her glamour between the book covers. When she's pushed into attending the formal Valentine Ball with Marietta's Most Eligible Bachelor, Troy Sheenan, Taylor can't imagine a worse pairing. What in the world would she have in common with a wealthy playboy like Troy? 

Technology tycoon Troy is forced by business concerns to return to his hometown and take the town librarian to the Valentine Ball... what he doesn't expect is that Taylor is even less excited about the prospect than he is! Intrigued by the only woman in town who wouldn't be thrilled to take his arm at the big event, he's determined that she will not just agree to be his date… bur she's going to like it. Can Taylor turn a cold shoulder to Troy's heart-melting charms, or is this about to be Marietta's hottest Valentine's Ball yet?

My Review - 4 Stars:

What a quick, sweet read this book was! I just loved Troy and Taylor, and loved watching their love story unfold. I’m a big fan of small town romances, and the residents of Marietta did not disappoint with all of their small town color. I love when author takes the time to develop not just the main characters, but the secondary characters as well, and Jane Porter does not disappoint on this front. From the book club gossips, to the bartenders, to the local judge, you get a good feel for the characters and can just picture life in the small town of Marietta.

Taylor is a woman who has had to grow up quickly, taking care of her brother who has an emotional disorder and has had a hard time staying out of trouble. She’s happy with her books and keeping to herself, always being responsible and in control. I couldn’t wait for her to finally let go a little and have some fun – especially with Troy!

Troy has made a life for himself outside of Marietta, but still considers Marietta his home, even though his business and some bad memories keep him in San Francisco most of the time. When he meets Taylor he is immediately intrigued – he’s always had a thing for smart, book girls. It was fun to watch him take his time with Taylor and gain her trust, never pushing too hard, but always challenging her for more. He was also a total flirt, and I loved how he saw past her conservative front to the woman underneath – and couldn’t wait to get to know her better!

“He wondered if she’d ever spent a high school afternoon making out in the library. Somehow from her starchy expression, he suspected not. She struck him as the kind of girl who believed libraries were about books. Silly girl. He’d love to teach her what dark shadowy corners in libraries were really for.”
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more in this series!

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