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HelenKay Dimon
320 pages
November 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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It's not often I read a book where the sex scene between hero and heroine starts on page 1... and they only met a few minutes before. I thought this was probably a bad sign, that Impulsive was going to turn into one of those all-sex-no-plot stories - but it wasn't.

My only real niggle with the book is this initial sex scene. The rest of the story explores how hero Eric Kimura, a deputy prosecutor and all-round good egg, finds himself drawn to former wild child Katie Long, a woman with secrets who is probably bad for his political ambitions. It seems far too much out of character for Eric to behave as he does at the beginning of the book with an unknown woman, despite it being a rather emotional time for him: he is attending the wedding of his former girlfriend. None of his subsequent behavior really indicates that he's the sort of chap to do this. Although I didn't know this when starting the book, it sat oddly on my mind as I progressed through the story.

Once the reader gets past this rather anomalous start, the book goes from strength to strength. Eric seeks Katie out to check she won't derail his political ambitions with a kiss-and-tell story, but somehow their connection continues. They are quite different - mismatched in age, background, wealth, experience, power, race, everything really - and yet the reader is carried along with the story as they try to make sense of each other and all those differences. Much of the story consists of scenes just between the two of them talking about different things, but with a fair amount of humor.

There's more to the plot, including some negative stuff about Katie that I feared could become rather drawn-out, but no - the author keeps it sensible. The Hawaiian setting doesn't particularly come through; Impulsive could have been based anywhere. I very much enjoyed this book and found both hero and heroine, despite their differences, people who I cared about.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2011

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