Monday, May 4, 2015

Catching Her Rival - Lisa Dyson

Catching Her Rival
Lisa Dyson
Harlequin SuperRomance, May 1 2015, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373609109

Their mother begs Allie Miller to have her ex Jimmy escort her to her brother Scott’s wedding.  However, Allie insists she will attend alone; concealing that Jimmy is in prison. 

Jack Fletcher planned to bring his girlfriend Brenda to his cousin Emily’s Newport wedding, but their relationship ended after he responded.  He asks his friend Charlotte Harrington the artist to be his plus one non-date.

At Scott and Emily’s ceremony, Providence public relations rivals Allie and Jack meet when he initially thinks she is Charlotte.  When Allie and Charlotte run into each other at that gala, each is stunned by how much they look alike and both admit they are adopted.  Jack and Allie fall in love but neither want anything permanent as they even approach their vocation differently with her being artsy and him pragmatic.  At the same time Allie and Charlotte look into their obviously shared biological background.

This appealing Rhode Island contemporary combines a wonderful romance with the first encounter of separately adopted adult identical twins.  The lead trio makes for a captivating drama; as Jack and Allie share in common an attraction, a profession, and seemingly relationship avoidant personalities; while the identical twins, wanting a sisterly relationship, explore how similar they behave and search for their genealogy.

Harriet Klausner

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