All Through the Night

A Body to Die For

Caught Under the Mistletoe

Dodging Cupid's Arrow!

Mr. Right Now

Not in My Bed!

Once a Hero

The Mighty Quinns: Dylan
by Kate Hoffmann
(Harl. Temptation # 851, $3.99, PG-13) ISBN 0-373-25951-4
Dylan Quinn grew up motherless, poor and often hungry. He and his brothers stuck together and decided they would never be that vulnerable again, especially to any woman. But Dylan is an adult now, with an occupation he’s proud of - firefighter - and he’s seen one of his brothers already made happy by love. He’s been reconsidering his childish determination to stay away from marriage. Then he meets up again with Meggie Flanagan and he begins to wonder if she’s the right one for him.

Meggie grew up awkward and geeky and desperately in love with her brother’s good friend, Dylan. The only time Dylan ever noticed her in high school was when he stood her up for a date. Now he’s back and she wouldn’t mind just a little revenge. She gets some tips from her knowledgeable friend and business partner and begins to play hard-to-get. To her amazement, this time Dylan does pursue her. And to her dismay, just like in high school, she soon desperately wants him to fall in love with her the way she loves him.

Dylan is a delightful hero . . . hunky, just sensitive enough, and (appropriately enough for a firefighter) sizzling hot. The pool room scene is a scorcher. Dylan and Meggie begin what seems to be a real and lasting relationship. Dylan’s confusion when he uncovers Meggie’s plan for revenge is real but - hurray! - what he does is act like an adult instead of an idiot afterwards.

Meggie, on the other hand, could use some work. While she isn’t hopeless, her whole plan seems petty and spiteful and not what a woman who has been out of high school for well over a decade should ever start off doing. Yes, it’s supposed to be humorous, but the fun wears thin quickly. When Meggie acts like herself, she is caring and thoughtful. She runs to the rescue when Dylan is hurt and comforts him (in all kinds of ways) when he needs that. The problem is that when she remembers her plan, she turns into someone else who is much less admirable while she pretends to be what she isn’t.

This book of The Mighty Quinns has a great hero, some yummy sex, and a fascinating family with an interesting background. The Quinns have a warm without saccharine closeness. The hero and heroine in the first of this series re-appear here and seem great together, easily disproving the Quinns’ boyish ideas that women aren’t meant to be part of their lives. Unfortunately that relationship just points out the current heroine’s limitations. Oh well. The heroine is almost worthy of Dylan in this story. If only she had done just a bit more growing up a little more quickly!

--Irene Williams

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