Reviewed by Hope C.
on June 09, 2010
“…a spectacular, romantic mystery set in the big apple.”
Carly Phillip’s Kiss Me If You Can is a spectacular, romantic mystery set in the big apple. The story intrigues while keeping you enthralled with Coop and Lexie’s fiery romance. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to put it down!
Crime beat reporter and aspiring novelist, Sam Cooper is a man who seems to be in the right place at the right time when he foils a robbery attempt on an antique jewelry store and is rewarded with a trinket. Little does he know that one little ring is about to turn his world upside down in oh, so many ways!
First, he’ll meet the intelligent and very sexy, Lexie Davis. Lexie fields off panic set off by what she perceives as disappointment by traveling to strange and wonderful places. But she always returns home to her grandmother’s spare bedroom. With her beloved grandmother’s eightieth birthday looming close, Lexie spies a ring a jewelry store owner is rewarding to what they are terming a local hero while watching the news. The ring looks similar to a necklace her grandmother wears only while at home, so Lexie decides to approach the reporter and offer to buy the ring.
Lexie blindside’s Coop in an alley behind the paper and the meeting sets off sparks that soon becomes full-fledged flames neither can deny! While both have their issues, they work together to uncover the mystery of the ring and necklace—that had been stolen as part of a set in the 1950’s. Together they unravel the threads of long held secrets and family intrigue, all the while developing an unbreakable bond.
Ms. Phillips writes sexy, intriguing stories as a general rule and Kiss Me If You Can definitely fits that mold. She’s taken two characters and brought them to life so that you fall in love with them from the get-go. Lexie has her parental and what can be termed as “flight” issues. And Coop has a fear of failure, while at the same time showing an eagerness to take risks. The setting isn’t what pulls you into this story, nor is the more-than-obvious answer to the mystery. By the first half of the book you’ll know who stole the jewels. But they why is what will keep you reading. And even when you find out, you’ll still want to see how Lexie and Coop compromise and make their relationship work.