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The Mighty Quinns: Brian
by Kate Hoffman
(Harl. Tempt. #937, $4.25, PG-13) ISBN 0-373-69137-8
The Mighty Quinns: Brian is the fifth book about the Quinn family. If you’ve read the others, I would optimistically guess that you’d want to continue the series. If, like me, you haven’t read the others, don’t let that stop you. This is an enjoyable and lusty story to read.

There’s a curse on the Quinns. If they save a woman, then the curse dictates that she is the woman the rescuing Quinn will marry. This causes some humorous misgivings for Brian.

Brian Quinn is an investigative journalist who’s also doing the weekend TV news. On-air broadcasting is not a path he wanted his career to take, but when you’re a good-looking and personable babe, that’s the breaks. His investigative concentration is currently on Richard Patterson, a Boston real estate developer. Brian crashes a fund raiser, looking hunky in a tux, hoping to get info on Patterson. Instead of getting dirt, he sees an attractive woman who looks bored to death.

Brian intervenes and saves Lily Gallagher from death by boredom. Is this the Quinn curse at work? Not quite yet. However, these two are cursed by a plot conflict found in Romance Land: the dreaded he/she is the worst person in the world for me. This scenario is much like those stories which feature the minister/showgirl or cop/innocent fugitive scenario. We all groan but conflict has gotta be something.

Lily Gallagher is a newly-hired PR specialist to help Patterson with his waterfront development. Uh-oh, Brian wants to find the dirt on Patterson while Lily is an expert in making any dirt look good. Yes, another numbskull conflict.

I must give kudos to Hoffman for not following with predictable clichés. There’s not much of the hate/lust daisy effect. Thank goodness there’s not much bemoaning and belaboring about their 180º careers but some veeery well done romantic encounters.

At their first meeting, Lily and Brian agree not to ask personal questions. What ensures is lust in the backseat of a limo. Later when Lily sees Brian on TV, she does not curse the fates, but tries to accept that there’s been a big OOPS in her life. Lily’s resolve to ignore Brian, with his lusty appeal, is always coming unhinged.

Brian Quinn was the main reason that kept me interested in this story. Lily is okay, a bit on the average side when it comes to heroines. Brian carries the whole story. He perseveres in the face of Lily’s attempt to stop seeing him. Earlier I alluded to some humor with Brian not being sure that what he did would be construed as saving Lily. Rescuing her from the bore; stopping her fall as she fell down some stairs; keeping her from tripping over a bike, and rescuing her from a demonstration where some angry fishermen have some big, dead fish. These may be small rescues, but they all add up to a grade A hero. Again, rescuing must be in the eyes of the rescued or the reader. I think he did just fine, thankyouverymuch.

There are appearances of the other Quinn siblings, not so much as to be irritating, but just enough to be titillating. I even want to read Sean’s story, Brian’s twin.

Be it fate or true love, here’s how Lily rationally analyzes Brian. “ He had never lied, never hurt her or insulted her or cheated on her. He’s respected her work and yet challenged her ideas without judging her.” And the sex: oh, wow!

I vote for true love. I think you will, too.

--Linda Mowery

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