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Contemporary
Just One Look
By Sarah W
Dec 1, 2004 - 2:26:00 PM

Though a year has passed, Lauren Rose is still recovering from her father's untimely death and from her ex-fiance's break up. When she sees Victor Raven at a cocktail party, her heart starts goes crazy and she really starts to feel alive again. Though they make a date to see each other, it falls through when Lauren is convinced that Raven stood her up.


Despite her fears that Raven may be a consummate cheat like her ex-fiance, Lauren agrees to see him again and soon their attraction has gone from hot to steamy as they make love with wild abandon. Lauren is a bit nervous about the way Raven makes her feel, especially considering she is only looking for a fling and he makes her want so much more. She has to fly back to Malibu soon anyway, as her job calls her back. She can't stay permanently in New York, despite her growing feelings for Raven.

But distance sometimes can make the heart grow fonder and in the case of Lauren and Raven, distance only increases the feelings and the needs they have for each other. When Raven visits California and unexpectedly runs into Lauren, their friendship gets renewed in the best way possible. Lauren has to make some decisions about her future though. Her life in California is coming to a close due to the company she works for is being sold to another company, Raven's company to be exact. He doesn't tell her the truth though, afraid she will be angry. He's determined to help her any way he can, especially if he can get her a job in New York where they would be free to see each other more often. What Raven doesn't count on though is the animosity Lauren holds towards the man she blames for her father's death. That man is Raven, and he can't afford to tell her because he doesn't want to lose the flirtatious and loving woman who has come to mean so much to him.

JUST ONE LOOK was a very romantic and emotional story. Lauren and Raven are both shocked by the feelings that the other brings out and they can't help but be a bit worried as both had been burned badly in the past. Neither wants to make a mistake again, especially Raven who has a young daughter to worry about. I really liked how author P.J. Womack was able to bring out the emotions of these characters so acutely. She really touched on the difficultness of starting new relationships, of being afraid to trust someone with your heart again. Plus, I enjoyed being able to see the hero as something more than Lauren's lover. He was a great father who only wanted the best for his daughter, but yet, he was also a bit of a wise ass to his ex-wife. No character is perfect and I think P.J. Womack really did an excellent job of showing both Lauren and Raven's flaws. Nevertheless, it was their love story that had me enthralled from beginning to end. Just as they felt a connection to each other, this reviewer really felt a strong connection to these characters, the more I read.



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