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Thursday, October 01, 2009

COVER ME by LB Gregg

Cover Me by L.B. Gregg

Nothing makes me happier than a trip back to Smithfield. This is the third installment in The Men of Smithfield series and like it's predecessors GOBSMACKED and HAPPY ENDINGS, this story made me want to move to a small town in New England. So much so that I convinced GG to read GOBSMACKED. Yeah, I'm still reeling too. He found the book...amusing.

This time out we have Michael Finnegan a teacher at a prep school and security specialist Max Douglas. I like Max's character so much I could recommend you read it for that reason alone. A bit more alpha than LB's previous characters, Max is stoic, tough and no nonsense. Probably not the perfect match for the wise cracking Finn.

All that is moot however when Max must move into one of the dorms in order to protect one of the students who is the son of a famous musician. A famous musician who has been receiving threats from an obsessed fan. Coincidentally this also happens to be the dorm that Finn resides in as the student advisor.

I liked these character so much I kept thinking about how much fun it would be to be able to call them up and go to dinner. Max and Finn circle and snipe at each other in one of the most traditional of mating rituals. All the while the reader feels their strong pull of attraction in a setting inappropriate for them to act on it. Can I say delicious?

While Finn is trying to pull off his production of GUYS AND DOLLS, Max is doing his level best to be unobtrusive while he protects his charge. Of course Hemmi, short for Hemingway, like any self-respecting high school student chafes at having a body guard, but accepts Max's presence with equanimity.

LB deftly steers clear of the easy stereotypes with all her characters. She cleverly makes use of the emails to drop clues, introduce characters and heighten the conflict. There are some gems between Finn and Max. Did I mention that I'd love to go to dinner with these guys?

Who's stalking who at Dalton prep and why? Max has a full plate fighting his attraction to Finn and trying to keep everyone safe. Take a trip to Smithfield. You won't be sorry. This M/M gem is set to be released tomorrow at
Aspen Mountain Press.

My Grade = B+

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Blogger Kati said...

*turns green with envy*

Oh sure, just 'cause you're her RWA roomie, you score an early read.



I'll be buying this one tomorrow. Thanks for whetting the appetite for it.

10:04 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

I adored Max. I'm sure you will too.

12:38 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Oh and Kati we would have so much fun going out with these guys.

12:39 PM PDT  
Blogger Mandi said...

Nice review - I loved this book! I want to move to Smithfield ;)

3:33 PM PDT  
Blogger sula said...

woot! more smithfield men to love. :)

4:27 PM PDT  
Blogger Lori said...

Yay! Excited for this one. I'm so bummed. Been so busy, I've missed Festivus. But will definitely be getting this tomorrow.

Congrats, LB!!

8:54 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

sula, I really liked these two, can you tell? Fun book.

Lori, about the extent of my participation has been knowing everyone else is having fun.

12:07 AM PDT  
Blogger lisabea said...

Kati--If it's out...Wah. And hugs to you.

Rosie--Thanks for the lovely words. :) You may come to Smithfield anytime, lady. Although it looks like I'll be in Anaheim first. (not as pretty)

Mandi--Thanks! Glad you loved it!

Sula--There seem to be a lot of men to love here. Very handy.

Lori--You're here in spirit. As am I because I'm late and experiencing my usual technical problems. It's a curse. And thank you for the nice nice. :)

6:04 AM PDT  

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