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    Review of THE LONGEST NIGHT by Kathleen O'Reilly (see her website)


    Harlequin Temptation, June 2004

    One by one her friends have abandoned their agreement--the bachelorette pact--and now only Cassandra Ward is left. Cassandra likes men, enjoys sex, and doesn't want anything to complicate life. Her rules are simple--clean sex, frequent sex, and no monogamy. Most men are quick to agree, but not Noah Barclay.

    For the six months since Noah turned Cassandra's advances down, he's kicked himself. He wants her, but he, unlike most other guys, sees someone other than the super-confident ball-busting beauty when he looks at her. He knows she uses her body to manipulate men, but maybe to manipulate herself and hide from her hurting. Noah wants to help Cassandra--and he certainly wants to help himself too. It's the hardest thing he's ever done, but he makes himself wait, makes himself take his time, makes himself stop when every instinct urges him to push on to completion. Because he doesn't like Cassandra's rules--or at least not the last of them. He wants Cassandra, but he doesn't want to have sex with her, he wants to make love.

    Cassandra tries to fool herself, but she knows she's falling for Noah of the slow touch and the deadly number seven. But love is one thing and trust is another. Cassandra knows she can take care of herself where men are concerned, but Noah isn't sure he can believe her. His lack of trust just might destroy the best thing that's happened to Cassandra--and be a painful reminder of why she needed those rules in the first place.

    Author Kathleen O'Reilly (see more reviews of novels by O'Reilly) completes her charming BACHELORETTE PACT series with Cassandra's funny and sexy story. Cassandra, with her to-die-for body and no-nonsense attitude might seem to be an unsympathetic heroine, but O'Reilly quickly engages the reader's sympathy--Cassandra has earned her attitude. The (now married) girlfriends from the earlier BACHELORETTE PACT novels play a continued but relatively minor role in this story and is a hunky billionaire who adds a pleasant sizzle, But the real star here is Cassandra.

    It's a charming hard-to-put-down read.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 3/16/04

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