For The Thrill of It!, by Patricia Ryan

>> Thursday, July 15, 2004

For The Thrill of It!, by Patricia Ryan is one of those books I've no idea why I bought. I usually avoid pregnancy plots like the plague!

Clay Granger thrived on life in the fast lane. He wasn't afraid to take on his friend Izzy's "problem." Besides, a temporary wife was just what he needed; matchmakers were making his life miserable.

Izzy Fabrioni was pregnant and alone, except for her best friend, Clay, who just happened to be the most eligible bachelor in the world. The most eligible and the riskiest. He'd do just about anything just for the thrill of it--including marrying her!
It was a nice book. Nothing too remarkably good, nothing too remarkably bad. A nice enough way to spend a couple of hours. I'd rate it a B-.

On the positive side, it was a friends-falling-in-love story, which I always enjoy, and it featured a yummy guy falling hard for an intelligent, good-looking but not model-like heroine, which is always a nice fantasy.

On the negative side, as much as the author really tried to make it all feel as natural as possible, there's no escaping the fact that this was an "only in romance novels" situation. I kind of bought into their decision to marry (even if the "hero deciding to marry to get away from matchmakers" is so contrived it hurts), but the contortions to try to keep the rest of the family from finding out the truth about the marriage were beyond what I was able to accept.

Still, cute book.


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