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Monday, June 25, 2007

You've got to read this book!

The members of the WNP seldom use the blog as a platform to review books, especially each other’s books, but there is one story you absolutely can’t miss. It’s Learning Curve by Terry McLaughlin. It’s her debut effort, the one that came out in May of last year. Yes, I’m behind in my reading, but gosh, am I ever glad this one floated to the top of the TBR pile.

I love to read. I especially love to read romances. I especially, particularly love to read clever romances about characters who are polar opposites whose happy ending is in doubt. I love books that make me laugh out loud in public places.

Here’s the set-up, also known as the back cover blurb (copyright Harlequin, 2006, yada, yada, yada). Page down a little bit on the right of your screen to see the intriguing cover.

High school history teacher Joe Wisniewski may be in a rut, but he dug it himself and he’s not planning on getting out anytime soon. The last thing he wants is to mentor a starry-eyed newcomer, so when he gets an unexpected assignment-—Emily Sullivan, a student teacher with a steamroller smile and dynamite legs-—he digs in deeper and ducks for cover.

Emily has looked up to the legendary “Wiz” for a long time. In her opinion, the man is coasting these days, and she’s sure a little change in his routine is exactly what he needs. Besides, this assignment is her chance to prove to her family-—and herself-—that she can stick to one project.

The question is: Will Emily get Joe fired up or just plain fired?

You’ve got to read this book, for no other reason than to watch Joe fall under Emily’s spell.

He stared at her innocent smile and wondered what kind of scheming sorceress lurked behind it. How many other victims had Emily Sullivan lured to their dooms with her wide-eyed glances, or that little sighing shrug thing she did just before she flounced into a chair? She was dangerous; she was lethal. She was Attila the Honey.

Did I mention clever? Did I mention brilliant? How can you not want to read a book like this?

And did I mention the principal of Caldwell High, Kyle Walford? He’s so slimy you have to wash your hands after reading the scenes he’s in.

If you’ve been in a job long enough to experience burn-out you’ll recognize Joe as readily as you recognize your own face in the mirror. If you can still remember the thrill you felt when you first began your career, Emily will lighten your heart.

Look away from your TBR pile! I don’t care if it's up to your armpits! Read Learning Curve-—then you can read Terry’s second book, Make-Believe Cowboy (starring the more-delicious-than-chocolate Fitz Kelleran).

You can do it. Who needs sleep?

5 Comments:

At 8:18 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

I have this one in my bag for next week when I'm sitting in the hospital with my brother.

 
At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Judy T said...

I really enjoy Terry's books! Her next book, The Rancher Needs a Wife, is also out, and she has a new one coming out in August, Maybe Baby. I'm looking forward to it.

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

I read this book some time back and enjoyed it. If I could only read faster and make it further down my Noodler TBR pile.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

Omigosh! Karen, you sweet thing :-). I'm blushing here.

And Mary, and Judy, and Trish--thank you all, so very much.

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger Jill James said...

I read this book for some contest I was judging, don't remember which one now - and what a pleasant surprise. The plot was unusual and the characters were flesh and bone. Definitely staying on my keeper shelf.

 

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