Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Title: The Comeback Kiss
Author: Lani Diane Rich
Published: 2006, Warner
Category: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5.5

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.


Megan said...

Hello, just blog-surfed here and am really enjoying reading through your posts. Your job may suck money-wise but working in pupblishing, living in NY and FREE BOOKS is some people's (my) idea of a pretty good life. Well, the lack of money thing sucks.

Jennie said...

Hi Megan,
Thanks for stopping by! I really shouldn't complain about money. I do get by all right and I enjoy my job. And I'm trying to appreciate NYC!

I see you're a quilter. Me too, though I'm just a beginner. I love the little blue one in your flickr gallery. It's beautiful.

Holly said...

Hey Jenny, is the Finn in this story the Finn from Maybe, Baby? Did you read that one? I really enjoyed it, but there was a secondary character in that one named Finn, and I wonder if it's the same guy.

I really like your blog, BTW. ;)

Jennie said...

Hi Holly,
I haven't read Maybe Baby, so I'm not sure if it's the same character, but I'm guessing it is. It's a pretty unusual name, for one thing!
I really like this author, so I might try it out.