Review of HONEYMOON HUNT by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
Silhouette Romance #1803, February 2006
His father can't be trusted. For years, Nick Rampling's father, Abe, has hooked up with women seeking his wealth--and for years, Nick has paid them off. When his father links up with one more woman and sets off on a cross-country jaunt, Nick resolves himself to track the man down one more time. Every woman his father has taken up with, and the one woman Nick ever got serious with, have all looked to the Ramplings as their meal ticket and Nick is certain he'll find that to be the case this time as well.
Her mother might not be rich, but her life insurance payoff left Julia Chance's mother, Lois with enough money to make her attractive to con-men. So when she gets word that her mother has taken up with a man she'd never met before, Julia decides she needs to investigate--just to be sure. While looking for her mother, she runs across Nick Rampling--looking for his father. The two strike up an uneasy alliance--both want to find and protect their respective parents, but within a few minutes, Julia knows that the danger she needs to protect her mother against isn't an unscrupulous con-man, it's Nick. Nick doesn't believe in love,
That Nick doesn't believe in love might be a problem for her mother, but it doesn't take long before it becomes a problem for Julia, too. Because the longer she spends with him, the more she starts to fall for him. Although she fights to maintain her independence, paying her own way even as Nick attempts to take care of her, she can't fight the attraction. And when a misunderstanding results in Nick's hotel employees believing the two are married, they need to become even closer. Julia soon realizes that, in trying to protect her mother, she's actually hurting herself--because she's falling for a man who won't believe in love even when it hits him in the face.
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novesl by Christenberry) writes a fun adventure of misunderstandings, whirlwind travel to romantic locations, and the fundamental conflict between those who have lost their ideals through bitter experience and those who hold onto their dreams. Maybe Nick isn't quite as jaded as he thinks he is, but is he really ready to make the extreme leap of trusting a woman, of believing in love?
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