Staying Single

Author: Millie Criswell

Publisher: Harlequin Flipside

Release Date: October 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 3.5

Format: PRINT

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Francie Morelli stood at the end of the aisle looking at her fiancee and the church full of people, then turned and ran out the door just like she had the other two times she had tried to get married. She tried to go through with it all three times, she really did. She just wasn’t ready to get married and give up her freedom. Besides she wasn’t the one dying for her to get married, no that was her mother. Three times now she had let herself be pressured into accepting a marriage proposal and ended up hurting three very nice men. Well, this was going to be her last attempt at a walk down the aisle. From now on she was going to concentrate on her career and just having fun. Then why does the sight of her newest client, Mark Fielding, conjure up images of white picket fences and mini vans?

Mark Fielding wanted one thing from Francie Morelli and that was revenge. She left his stepbrother Matt standing at the altar, which only further backed up his opinion that women don’t want a commitment or a lasting relationship of any kind. He knows that Francie is one of those women who is selfish, vain and only looking out for number one and he intends to give her a taste of her own medicine. He is going to woo her, win her and leave her standing at the altar. But, as he gets to know her he wonders where she has the vain selfish woman hidden, because the woman that he is falling in love with does not fit that description. How far will Mark go to exact his revenge and what will Francie do when she discovers who Mark really is?


In this launch book for Harlequin’s new Flipside series, Millie Criswell shows us that mother really does know best, her timing is just sometimes a little off. I have to say that the secondary characters provide most of the humor within these pages. However, I was told that this new series would have more of an "edge" and less humor that the Duets, which it replaced and that is a very good description. I would like to have seen more of Mark’s point of view as he came to the decision that Francie was not the arrogant self-seeking woman that he thought she was. That would have made his character much more likable for me. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to more of this exciting new series.



By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Missy Andrews

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