Suzanne Brockmann: Kiss and Tell

Leila Hunt joins her brother in his Floridian home for a New Year's Eve party and subsequent vacations. At the party, she is kissed by a mysterious stranger in a ninja costume. She tries to find this stranger, but at the same time, she seems to be falling in love with Marshall Devlin, her brother's best friend and her own childhood enemy, who has grown into an attractive and lovable man...

This is a reissue of a 1996 series romance and it shows. It's bad. Really bad. The author's talent shows even in this book - Brockmann can certainly write, and I have to admit that the book never got boring. But the heroine is intolerable. She's stupid. Bitchy - so much so that she takes bitchyness to a whole new level. She's fickle. She waffles. She considers getting married to a guy who she has been dating for about 2 years, who never has time for her, and who she is so attracted to that she hasn't even slept with him! I just couldn't stand Leila. The hero isn't too bad though, but he doesn't get enough scenes to actually save this book. And here's a note to romance novel authors everywhere: Please stop giving your heroes hair that flops charmingly into their faces. It stopped being so charming after I've read it about the 15th time. This is a "barely satisfactory" book (Grade D)