A GREAT KISSER
November 2009
Brava Trade Paperback
ISBN 0758231318
Some men just leave you breathless…

 

Buckle up. Enjoy the view.

Jake McKenna fixes planes, not people. Compared to an engine, humans are high-maintenance and unpredictable—which is why Jake has zero interest in indulging his sister’s request that he play tour guide and rent-a-date to her boss’s visiting stepdaughter. Still, Lauren Matthews is nothing like the uptight, reed-skinny workaholic he expected. She’s curvy—deliciously so. Funny. Open. And convinced that there’s more to her mother’s hasty marriage to the local mayor than meets the eye.

Leaving her fast-track Washington career is the most impulsive thing Lauren has ever done—right until the moment she arrives in Cedar Springs, Colorado. Everything about sexy, enigmatic pilot Jake tempts Lauren to unleash her inner bad girl and let him take her places she’s never been…even as her snooping around town provokes some extremely hostile reactions. At this altitude, losing your head is easy. Trusting your heart can cost you everything…

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A GREAT KISSER
DONNA KAUFFMAN
ISBN- 13:9780758231314/ 10:0758231318
November 2009
Brava, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp.
www.kensingtonbooks .com
Paperback
$14.00 US/ $16.95 CAN
432 pages
Romance
Rating: 5 cups

“Lauren Matthews has quit her job working for Senator Fordham in Washington, D.C. She needs to mend fences with her mother on a trip to Cedar Springs, Colorado. Lauren is trying to get a handle on her mother’s new husband, yet she needs some answers about the mysterious man, Arlen.

The women in Jake McKenna’s life are giving him fits. His airplane, Betty Sue, is a P-51 Mustang – a warplane from World War II. He is attempting to get her fixed up for the big race, but money is tight and he needs sponsors. His sister, Ruby Jean, is trying to fix him up with the mayor’s new stepdaughter who is in Cedar Springs for a visit. Plus, he is running the flight school his grandfather started many years ago. Jake does not need any more complications.

Lauren is worried about her mother, Charlene. Six months ago, Charlene eloped with Arlen, the mayor of Cedar Springs, and Lauren cannot understand why. Jake’s little sister needs a favor. Ruby Jean McKenna is the executive assistant to the mayor, and Arlen would like Lauren to see a bit of the town while she is in Cedar Springs. Jake may not be the best tour guide since he has as many problems with the mayor as Lauren. Maybe they can discover a few of Mayor Arlen’s secrets.

I have not read a book this emotionally intense in awhile. From the light-heartedness of a romantic relationship to the conversations between Lauren and Charlene, this story runs the gambit of emotions. As much as this is a romance, A Great Kisser is also about Lauren finding out about her mother, the woman. So often, we forget our mothers are women, too, and Lauren does get a new view on who her mom is. The great kisser part, of course, pertains to Jake. Ms. Kauffman writes the kissing scenes in such a way that my toes curled just from the descriptions. With the added mystery of Arlen and his secrets, I was glued to the pages from beginning to end.”

~ Kimberly, Coffee Time Romance & More

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A GREAT KISSER – Donna Kauffman
Brava Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7582-3131-4
November 2009
Contemporary Romance

Cedar Springs, Colorado, the Present

“Lauren Matthews comes from a Virginia family well known in political circles. After law school, Lauren worked her way up in Washington, D.C. until she became the Senator from Virginia’s right hand. Now, there is only Lauren and her mother. Since Charleen Matthews left D.C., moved to Florida, met and rapidly married the mayor of a small town in the mountains of Colorado, Lauren and her mother have become estranged over the elopement. She thought she knew her mother and believes something smells off. She finally decides to head for Colorado to reconcile with Charleen…and further investigate her mother’s new husband.

Ruby Jean McKenna can coax her big brother Jake into most anything. Jake’s busy getting the vintage WWII P-51 fighter (known as Betty Sue) that he inherited from their grandfather ready for the Reno air races, but, as usual, he can’t deny RJ. This time, she wheedles him into picking up her boss’s new stepdaughter at an airport only a short flight away via one of the McKenna flight school’s planes. Jake beats the oncoming storm to the airfield in time to meet a wet, woebegone Lauren; the last leg of her trip gave her the fright of her life. Luckily, she’s saved from having to climb into an even smaller plane because of the storm. Jake borrows a friend’s truck to drive them to Cedar Springs.

The next few hours give Lauren and Jake a chance to get to know each other. Both are pleasantly surprised. Lauren isn’t the up-tight, slick career type he expected, and Jake shows more depth and sensitivity than she first expects from the rugged outdoorsy hunk with the intense blue eyes. Life changes are in the works for these two.

Ms. Kauffman has an easy style and is a dab hand at conversational give and take. Jake and Lauren communicate to the reader, as well as each other, in an informative and entertaining way. Their dialogue alone would make A GREAT KISSER a keeper, but there is more to the plot than a growing romance. Odd events occur as Lauren digs into the mayor’s past and present activities. The townspeople and the setting are important aspects of the novel as are minor characters. Lauren’s mother and Jake’s sister are both likable, and their respective relationships with Lauren and Jake are interestingly portrayed. Ms. Kauffman explores the topics of how stages in life might evolve, how one recognizes that this is the real thing, and understanding that it’s not always easy to recognize what someone might see in a chosen mate. Suspense escalates as the story progresses, but what I enjoyed the most in A GREAT KISSER is the interplay between Lauren and Jake…a super couple whose attraction is much more than simply sexual!”

~ Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today

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