The Sweet Distraction

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The Sweet Distraction

The Sweet Distraction, written by Tim Smith, was actually the first romance book I’ve read by a man. I was pleasantly surprised to see that men could write romance with the same intensity that I’ve grown to expect with female writers. (I know, talk about a sexist remark!). I liked the way Mr. Smith built up the suspense between George and Cookie. George was the typical man you would meet at work. He was wary of commitment but he had reason. And when Cookie, the only daughter of a Don, started working on George you could tell that George knew he had really better mind his P’s and Q’s. I liked Vito Pasquale, he embodied the spirit of an old world Don with the love and concern of a father. I enjoyed reading The Sweet Distraction as it gave me a new perspective of the male/female relationship from a guy’s view point.
My only “but” would be Special Agents Monday and Phelps. I know every book needs a foil but in this case I found Monday and Phelps, as bungling inept cops, offensive. They read like the old Dragnet team and didn’t add anything to the story.
The Sweet Distraction has now become a part of my collection and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Smith’s work.

Book Blurb for The Sweet Distraction

George Sullivan's life is a disaster in progress. His last few books haven't sold well, he drinks too much, he sleeps around, he's in hock for a gambling debt he can't repay and he'd probably trade his last friend for a best seller. His love life isn't faring much better, due to a bad breakup that still haunts him. When his agent arranges for him to write the memoir of notorious mob boss Vito Pasquale, it's the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance to make all his dreams come true. What George doesn't count on is falling for the Don's beautiful but spoiled daughter, Cookie. It's lust at first sight for both of them, but George resists her blatant come-ons and seduction attempts because he fears how her father might react. When Cookie begins a relentless campaign to snare him it's only a matter of time before George caves in, but what if things don't work out between them? Will he end up in the middle of Lake Erie wearing a cement overcoat for dallying with the Don's daughter? Will Vito insist on a shotgun wedding to preserve Cookie's honor? Worse yet, when George finally achieves the success he's always wanted, will it be a hollow victory if Cookie isn't there to share it with him?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2010 4.25