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    Review of IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU by Kathleen O'Reilly (see her website)


    Harlequin Temptation #971, April 2004

    Mickey Coleman has a problem. One of her co-workers, a semi-cute intern, took a video of the one time Mickey had a few drinks too many and had sex with him. The intern is blackmailing her to do it again, but for Mickey, the sex wasn't that great. So, when her friend Beth tells her she knows a criminal-type who can help, Mickey decides to give it a whirl. Dominic Corlucci is a dangerous man. Connected in the Chicago Mafia, damaged by youthful mistakes, and fighting a losing battle for self-respect, Dominic knows that he should just tell Mickey to move on. The combination of her great legs, her story, and pure chemistry keeps him from doing it--even though he knows he's playing with fire. He agrees to help Mickey--if she'll go out to dinner with him.

    Mickey doesn't do men. She's a scientist, an astronomer who knows more about the stars than she does about the male of the species. But she knows she's found something special with Dominic. He creates sparks she's never imagined before--but he's a Mafia goomba type. She tells herself that she'll be bad just once, but how can she keep herself from falling into his arms again, every time he'll take her.

    Author Kathleen O'Reilly (see more reviews of novels by O'Reilly) maintains the light tone of the series but introduces the more serious topics of abuse, organized crime, and official corruption into her story. Mickey makes a great heroine, conflicted by her ambition at work and her hormonal attraction to the dangerous Dominic. And Dominic is the type of damaged hero that women just want to fix--especially since he's six-foot something of pure muscle and sex.

    As with the other books in this series, much of the pleasure comes from the relationship between the four women: Beth, Mickey, Cassandra, and the newly married Jessica. Instant messaging gives the story a contemporary feel and lets the characters interact and display their emotions in a fun and unusual way.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 1/09/04

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