From Goodreads: Love at first sight is a myth to aspiring journalist Melissa Williams, but when she meets Jason McAlister at a friend’s wedding, a Cinderella-like fantasy turns her no-nonsense world upside down. She sees in his penetrating blue eyes not just an evening, but a lifetime together that includes much more than a glass slipper and a kiss.
Realizing she shared a few salacious emails with Jason months ago, a humiliated Melissa loses herself in the crowd, thankful he doesn’t know who she is. But he does know—and with a gentle touch and a steamy kiss, he soon picks up their flirtation right where it left off.
As midnight strikes, Melissa succumbs to Jason’s sexy pull, unaware that a woman’s body has been discovered in the wake of the party. When evidence points to Melissa as the killer’s next target, the lines between fantasy and reality blur. She goes into hiding, charmed by one mysterious man and hunted by another.
Cinderella lost a shoe—Melissa could lose both her handsome prince and her life.
Received for review
Overall Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.25
Note: This was a very easy read that I enjoyed. I re-read it because I could not remember specifics so that changed my rating slightly. However, this is one of those good summer reads for a lazy afternoon.
What I Loved: Jason to me was everything a leading man is supposed to be: hot, smart, loving, and immediately attracted to Melissa. The romantic date that he takes her on is one right out of a dream sequence. The fact that he “got” Melissa was also one of the other enduring things about him. He didn’t try to change her just understand her. Those kind of men make me swoon!
What I Liked: I mostly really liked Melissa when she wasn’t over-thinking the “end” of their relationship. You could see her coming into her own and even begin to get comfortable with Jason. The fact that she was smart and had very little confidence kind of rang true of most “tunnel visioned” women. I liked her friendship with Mitch and how she began to see Ann the way he did. In fact, most of the side characters were wonderfully written and highly enjoyable.
Complaints: I really would have liked Melissa to get out of her head, by the end of Whirlwind I wanted to bop her on the head. I also like my HEA’s more solid though I think the ending fits the book title perfectly!
Why I gave a 3.75: This was a quick, light read with a sweet romance. Don’t get me wrong the smexy scenes were hot but I thought the connection between Jason and Melissa was sweet. You could easily read this on a lazy summer afternoon.
Who I would recommend it too: Contemporary Romance reader
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