Star Spangled Kiss

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Star Spangled Kiss

This story is a fast and light read in the Holiday Collection from Liquid Silver and was released over the 4th of July celebrations. The story takes place within a 24 hour period between the hero and the heroine and the holiday is actually incorporated into the story.
Tyler Mason is a detective with the L.A. County Sheriff’s department, he’s in great physical shape, he’s attractive and he knows it. He has money, a very nice condo and is used to getting any woman that he wants. He is however experiencing problems getting Sophie Perez, a social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services, to agree to go out with him. His reputation as a lady’s man has proceeded him and she is not interested in being a one night stand or a temporary fling. Tyler is very dominant in personality and has a very sexual nature; he has become obsessed with getting Sophie in his bed and is determined to use the opportunity of an outdoor barbeque to his advantage. 
Sophie Perez is an interesting heroine; she’s smart and very attractive. She’s determined to have the kind of relationship that her parents had, a permanent relationship that will lead to a family. She knows what Tyler’s reputation is like and even though she’s highly attracted to him, she continues to turn him down. She’s had some romantic experiences in the past; however, nothing that really prepares her for the type of heat and persistence that Tyler is prepared to bombard her with. 
The chemistry between Tyler and Sophie is hot and eventually Sophie begins to give in to what her body wants, even if her mind is somewhat resistant at first. As the day progresses we do get to see different facets of their personalities and we begin to understand that Tyler has had a difficult childhood which has given him a warped outlook towards women and long term relationships. Tyler begins to realize that he does want more in life than an endless stream of one night stands and that Sophie could in fact be the woman that can really teach him what love is. Since I don’t want to give away plot points, I will say that the story’s plot line is well done and that the ending of the book is appropriate to the story. 
This is a pleasant afternoon read and it is clear that the author did research both the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Family Services. I would have liked for the story to have had more character development for both the primary and secondary characters and to have gotten more of the back story on both Tyler and Sophie. The publisher did not indicate that this is a part of a series; however, the secondary characters in this book are the primary characters in the author’s previous holiday book titled “Irish Kiss” which was released in February 2010.

Book Blurb for Star Spangled Kiss

Detective Tyler Mason always gets what he wants, until he tries to seduce unattainable social worker, Sophie Perez. Suddenly, everything he thought about women is turned upside down. Now, he will do anything to make her his. Sophie resists her attraction to Tyler. She knows he only wants one thing. However, at a Fourth of July barbeque, she is given a glimpse of the man he truly is.

Amidst the fireworks of the holiday, their passion ignites. Tyler must win Sophie’s heart or risk losing the one woman who can teach him how to love. 

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 3.50