Years ago Gina Wilkins wrote a three-book series about heroes, books that
turned me onto this talented author. Books like It Takes a Hero
keep bringing me back.
Get out your checkbook. It's time to buy another fine specimen from The
Bachelor Auction. Bachelor #41, Perry Goodman, is a prime example of
romance heroes. He's gorgeous, drips sex appeal and is a genuinely nice
guy. A political strategist, his high bidder will be accompanying him to
one of the biggest, most exclusive political fund-raiser galas of the
season, with the next day's activities a surprise.
The sponsor of the auction, Heart Books, will be donating the proceeds to
literacy groups. Perry is just hoping that the woman who 'buys' him won't
be expecting more fantasy than reality. If he only knew that he's being
bought by a romance author to help her break her writer's block.
Romance novelist Kristin Cole is suffering from a serious writer's block
and although there are several reasons why she's at the bachelor auction,
the main reason is to get away from her blank computer screen. Watching her
mother make the high bid on a 'delicious-looking man', Kristin decides
she'll bid, too. Seeing Perry Goodman on the stage literally stuns her.
This man is a Romance Hero. Maybe he's just what she needs. Maybe he'll
inspire her as she tries to breathe life into her fictitious hero.
Kristen has just gotten out of a bad relationship and is leery of becoming
involved with Perry. For once it was easy to empathize with the heroine on
this one. Perry is suave, self-assured, principled and almost too much for
mere mortals. What he does have in his favor is persistence. He's smitten
with this woman who often goes into 'trances' and writes furiously in her
writer's notebook. It's also nice to see a man who is uncertain as to a
Ms. Wilkins has added authentic situations which give a strong touch of
realism. When Perry makes a gaffe and asks Kristin, "Do you think you'll
ever write a real book?", I cringed for him and for Kristin. It is
comforting to hear Perry defend Kristin's occupation later in the story.
When Perry does finally discover what's been bothering Kristin, he finds an
ingenious way to help her overcome her writer's block. Without giving away
any secrets, be prepared to look at Perry through a kinder, gentler
There's more realism as we're given a peek into a writer's life. Calls from
other writers who needed help added authenticity, as did the solitary time
spent at the computer. Checking e-mail was a nifty idea, too. Probably the
details of Perry's life are also authentic. It seemed so. One scene is
wonderful as we get a glimpse of one of the interminable dinners that he
attends. He took a bite of his dinner and had to make a massive effort
not to shudder. "Yum," he murmured. "Rubber duckie á l'orange. Again."
Heroes come in all sizes and shapes. Gina Wilkins has introduced us to one
who's outwardly gorgeous, but much more important, perfect where it counts
. . . his heart.