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Romeo Romeo
by Robin Kaye
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Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Rosalie Ronaldi's old country Italian mother might have high hopes that her daughter will one day do her duty, marry, and present her with many grandchildren to dandle on her doting knee, but for Rosalie that happy scenario is horror inducing. She's doing just fine without a husband underfoot and Dave (a huge mutt of indeterminate origins) never complains about her terrible housekeeping habits. Rosalie has always prided herself on guarding her independence with a fierce resolve. Rescuing companies about to go bankrupt is far more challenging than playing happy homemaker.

Nick Romeo is a self-made millionaire and touted as one of Brooklyn's most eligible bachelors. He's quite happy sampling the many eager fish swimming around in the huge dating pool, but quick to cast aside any starry-eyed beauty with her sights set on an expensive engagement ring and a fast walk down the aisle. The word commitment just isn't part of Nick's vocabulary. The day he meets Rosalie Ronaldi, however, he finds himself re-evaluating his dating doctrine, wanting nothing more than to take care of her every whim and desire. Rosalie is a tough not to crack, though. Nick is gorgeous, attentive, great in bed and best of all, loves to cook and clean. But that doesn't mean she wants to spend the rest of her life with the modern day domestic god. Especially once she discovers that Dominick Romeo isn't so perfect after all - he's been hiding a part of himself that could destroy any chance of a possible future together.

Readers who love fiery heroines, delicious heroes, hot romance and a big dash of comedy rejoice: Romeo Romeo is the perfect story for you. From the moment Rosalie and Nick meet on a rainy freeway and their stubborn personalities clash, the story absolutely sparkles with snappy dialogue and witty situations. Commitment shy Nick is quick to fall for Rosalie's charms. The fun really begins though, when he must go all out to convince her that he's the only man who can supply her with a lifetime of love and chocolate.

Kaye also does a nice turn with Rosalie's loud, opinionated, interfering (though sometimes overly-clichéd) family members. They include an obsessive, marriage-minded mother, a philandering father, a prima donna sister and a testosterone-laden brother. Add a little corporate espionage (complete with bumbling thugs) and the result is smart, funny, well-written and thoroughly engaging contemporary romance. Debut author Robin Kaye strikes gold in Romeo Romeo - and deserves to have her name added to your favourite new author list.

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