Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tea for Two by Shelley Munro

Lies and secrets have a way of returning to bite a girl in the butt…

Hayley Williams thought she was past the screwing-up stage of her life.
These days, she wears her good girl persona well—except when she moonlights as a gypsy tea leaf reader in order to earn money to buy her own home. There’s something about Sam Norville, though, that prods her inner imp back to life. A chance meeting, a margarita…okay, two…a stolen kiss, and suddenly she’s back in hot water.

Sam, a successful businessman, doesn’t believe in love at first sight. Not anymore. For him, involvement with any woman means risking a run-in with the tabloid press. But his mysterious gypsy lover keeps him coming back, keeps him prodding her for more…like the truth. Of course it’s not love. No, sir. Sam only does lust.

Hayley knows she shouldn’t want Sam, especially since she lied to him. The right thing to do? Shove that naughty imp off her shoulder and come clean. But that pesky imp just won’t budge…

I won this book in a contest hosted by Smexy Books and I must say that I was hoping that I'd like it a bit better. I didn't get into the story from the beginning, but I persevered hoping that I'd like Hayley more or that Sam would somehow become a more compelling character. Unfortunately I found the whole thing kind of flat, with neither character being fleshed out enough. I just didn't believe any of it- the way Hayley reacted to Sam, how she jumped into bed with him again after lying more - and then how Sam dealt with it all, especially the last misunderstanding. I would have liked to have had more interactions between Hayley and her family because there was a lot that could have been developed there; more information about Hayley's past also would have been a great addition. In the end I just feel like this book could have been twice as long and benefited tremendously from it.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs down. I think there are similar story lines done with more heart and enough background and plot to really keep readers engaged.

Series - None.