Kissing Casanova

Author: Crystal B. Bright

Publisher: New Concepts Publishing

Release Date: April 1, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Spoiled socialite Soledad Monroe has lived her life in the public eye. It doesn't help matters any that she's used getting married as an act of rebellion against her parents - seven times. To teach her responsibility, Soledad's parents have insisted that she work as a journalist at one of their magazines. She doesn't mind working, but couldn't they give her a better subject than a wrestler.

Casanova is a very popular wrestler with a dislike for journalists. He's managed to keep his personal life completely hidden from the public and that's the way he'd like to keep it. Unfortunately his shtick for asking planted women in the audience to marry him has garnered him a lot of attention. The owners of the wrestling company have arranged for a reporter to spend a week getting to know him and write an expose article.

Casanova had no idea he was kissing the wrong woman so he was stunned when he was slapped. Fortunately he played it off for the audience and made it appear to be part of the act. Soledad is horrified by the kiss - not because she was kissed, but because of the publicity that would be a direct result. She's supposed to write the story, not become part of it. Backstage, once they're formally introduced, Casanova continues playing the role he's perfected over the years, but Soledad is not impressed. She thinks he's gorgeous (despite the fact that he wears tights) but she's been around enough men to be able to tell when she's being played and it's obvious that Casanova's whole persona is all an act. Once he allows her to see the man behind the performer, Soledad realizes that there's much more to him than just the wrestler. His real life and personality are much more interesting.

KISSING CASANOVA is an unexpectedly charming tale that will worm its way into the readers' hearts. Crystal B. Bright uses characters that you'd normally think of only in a celebrity status and allows us to get to know them as normal people - flaws and all. I adored Casanova's protective nature which could be felt throughout the storyline. Soledad reminds me of the Hilton sisters - the world is one big playground full of parties and shopping. At some point you have to grow up though, and throughout this book you watch as Soledad takes her first tentative steps into adulthood and independence. I have to admit that I love Casanova's friend and fellow wrestler, Monk. He's a truly sweet character and wonderful friend to both Casanova and Soledad. I'd love to know more about him. KISSING CASANOVA is Ms. Bright's debut book at New Concepts Publishing where she'll have several more books published in the near future.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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