Review: Whirlwind by Robin DeJarnett

Posted June 7, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 20 Comments


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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20 responses to “Review: Whirlwind by Robin DeJarnett

  1. Raven In A Blue Room

    my dream date would be at an exotic restaurant where we can try and explore the unknown….(food)Thank you for hosting this giveawayLouisschnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  2. Anita Yancey

    My dream date would be a romantic dinner with candlelight, then dancing under the moonlight. I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  3. Linda: By the Book

    Always looking for more summer reads. My perfect date would be to a local restaurant, nothing too fancy. Then maybe a dance or two. I'd love it if we were alone because between kids and my friends, it's not likely. Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  4. Maria (pronounced Ma

    At this point my dream date would be a date with my husband where we could actually turn off our cell phones and not be bombarded with work calls! It has been years since we have not been on call 24 hours a day and actually had a date night!Thanks! mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  5. Vivien

    A home cooked meal, and a quiet evening in…sounds just excellent.Viviendeadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  6. Jennifer Lane

    I like what you said about Jason not trying to change Melissa. I love that quality in a man!

  7. heavenisabookstore

    My dream date is always so simply – dinner and a movie, followed by coffee and window shopping enjoying each others company and the outside air.

  8. Linda Kish

    My dream date would be a nice dinner at a beautiful restaurant along the beach then a stroll along the beach after dinner. A concert to follow dinner. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. tanya904

    My dream date would be a romantic dinner in a ocean side restaurant followed by a walk on the beachtanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  10. Margay

    My dream date is a simple dinner with good conversation and cheesecake for dessert/Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

  11. Tore

    Thanks for the giveaway. My dream date would be candlelight dinner and soft music in a romantic restaurant with some slow dancing and then a movie and a walk in the park holding hands. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  12. Aisle B

    There have been many heroines I've wanted to bop on the head and say "Get on with it!" and "Where's your brain?".I do have to say though that the cover is appealing. PS You're right love the shiny cover for DIVERGENT 😉

  13. Tiffany Drew

    My dream date would be going to my favorite place to eat, then maybe a movie or the beach and just relaxing. Oh, and the best thing about this date would be we could be out as late or long as we want without having to get home in time to get the kids. And nobody would interrupt our date either (one of my mother's favorite things to do when she is babysitting and the hubby and I have gone out, ugh).jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

  14. LSUReader

    My dream date would involve returning to the city of our honeymoon, New York, to have a fancy dinner, followed by a Broadway show, then a carriage ride complete with a champagne toast. Thanks for the fun giveaway. (Email in profile.)

  15. booklover0226

    My dream date will taken to St. Martine's with a chef, housecleaner, and a masseuse!Thanks,Tracey Dbooklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. Jess

    Thanks for the giveaway! My dream date would be a nice dinner at home followed by a movie on the couch. I'm a homebody. :)jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  17. Shirley Qiu

    My perfect dream date would be going out to have a romantic dinner followed by a walk along the beach with the sunset in the background. x3wingedxayase [at] yahoo [dot] com

  18. Logan E. Turner

    This sounds like a lot of fun, and the perfect summer read. My dream date would be doing something exciting and physical, like skydiving or horseback riding. Anything outside the norm, really. :)loganeturnerblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Missie

    I felt the same about Melissa. She was in her head, over-thinking, a bit too much. But, it turned out to be a personality trait of her that made her feel 'real'. And Jason is just… oh my swoon!