Title: The Comeback Kiss
Author: Lani Diane Rich
Published: 2006, Warner
Category: Contemporary Romance
This was a much better beach read. A few months ago, I read Rich's Ex and the Single Girl and liked it a lot, so I picked this one up for my trip.
Tessa has been raising her younger sister, Izzy, since the night ten years ago when their mother was killed in a fire. That same night Tessa's high school boyfriend, Finn, stole both her virginity and her VW Thing, before taking off for parts unknown. Now Finn's back in town giving Tessa stellar comeback kisses and trying to help the two sisters figure out the mystery of their mother's death.
The plot was more than a little ridiculous--the lies Tessa thinks she has to tell to keep custody of Izzy, and the evil, corrupt social worker. And the resolution of the mother's death was kind of a letdown. She built it up like it was going to be really interesting, and then it just wasn't.
But, I really liked Izzy and Finn. Very funny and cute. And even if the mystery didn't really work, what did work was the relationships between the characters--they seemed very genuine and real.