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    VIRGIN PROMISE by Kara Lennox (see her website)

    Harlequin American Romance #840, August 2000

    Angela Capria has a horrible secret--despite being twenty-six, comfortably heterosexual, and extremely physical (she works as a massage therapist), she is still a virgin. When she admits her secret to her friends, they resolve to do something about it. When she describes her perfect man, honest, stable, and well--boring, they see the problem. Anyone wanting that would stay a virgin. They set her up with the complete opposite.

    Cop Vic Steadman will do just about anything for his wild partner but keeping his blind date seems like too much. Still, how can he just walk away from a woman in need of roadside assistance. Even if she is an old maid. Except Angela Capria is anything but an old maid. She is everything Vic has dreamed of. Vic knows enough to put on the dark and dangerous act. And Angela falls for it like a sack of bricks--quickly solving her virginity problem. Now the problems are Vic's. He's lied to Angela about who he is and what he does. He's got to figure out a way to persuade her that he can be both her dream and her fantasy--and he's got to do it while she works as hard as she can to avoid even seeing him.

    Kara Lennox (see reviews of other novels by this author) is an exciting new author for the Harlequin American line. Writing in a clear style, Lennox's light humor may not always make you laugh out loud, but it will leave you smiling. Warning, this book is hot--Vic and Angela can't keep their hands off one another. Believable use of the virginity hook, the competing fantasies of dangerous vs. safe men, and a believable community of supportive but highly individual friends make VIRGIN PROMISE a great read.

    Note: Kara Lennox also writes as Karen Leabo for Silhouette and Bantam. Check her back list on Amazon. Look for reviews on this site.

    Four Stars

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