Mouth to Mouth

Author: Erin McCarthy

Publisher: Kensington Brava

Release Date: January 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT





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Laurel Wilkins is ready for some excitement in her life.  Now in her mid-twenties, Laurel left college after one year because of family obligations.  She's been working in a candy store for years.  Deaf for most of her life, Laurel is ready to stop stagnating and start living.  No more excuses!  She's been instant-messaging with a friend-of-a-friend, a cop named Russ Evans.  They've made plans to meet in person at a coffeehouse - a nice, safe public place.  Only the Russ Evans that Laurel meets isn't the man she's been chatting with online.  She doesn't know it, but she's been stood up by a con man named Trevor Dean.  He has been impersonating Russ, who happened to be staking out the coffeehouse the night Lauren and Russ were supposed to meet for the first time.  There goes Laurel's plan to do something wild.  Or does it?  Why not give the real Russ Evans a try?  After all, he is one gorgeous, mouth-wateringly sexy man!

Russ Evans isn't a relationship kind of guy.  Between his job and raising his teen brother Sean, when would he find the time?  Besides, dating the same woman for a few weeks is about all he can handle.  So why can't he get beautiful Laurel Wilkins out of his system?  Sure, he wants to shield her from slime like Trevor Dean but what he feels goes beyond simple protective instincts.  Trouble is Russ doesn't think he's good enough for Laurel and he doesn't want to take time away from Sean to devote to a relationship.  But he can't seem to stay away from her.  What will happen between them when the sleazy Trevor Dean is finally caught?

I love the way Erin McCarthy handles Laurel and her deafness.  Laurel is determined to be independent and not allow being deaf to be a disability.  It's simply a part of who she is.  While Russ can sometimes be overprotective, he tries to understand Laurel's point of view and treat her as the adult she is.  He's concerned about extra issues she may face because of her deafness, but he never thinks of her as disabled.  Naive, yes; handicapped, no.

MOUTH TO MOUTH definitely doesn't skimp on the heat!  You can practically feel the steam rising from the pages when Russ and Laurel get together.  I know I'll never think of candy the same way again.  Erin McCarthy once again manages to create a hot and fun-to-read story filled with likeable, sexy characters.  As always, her excellent sense of humor shines through.  Definitely one for the keeper shelf!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Alane

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