You Don't Know Jack
Erin McCarthy
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You Don't Know Jack
Erin McCarthy
272 pages
October 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Erin McCarthy’s newest release features all that she does best: full-bodied characters who speak in realistic ways and have hot sex.

Jamie Peters, on an outing with her roommates one day, makes the mistake of having her fortune told. The psychic predicts she will meet the man of her dreams in an accident involving food and a moving vehicle. Torn between wanting to scoff at the prediction and wondering if the psychic could possibly be right, Jamie continues on with her daily life - albeit with an eye open for a tall, handsome stranger carrying food. Months later, as she steps into a subway car, she collides with Jack Davidson, who is bringing a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs to his grandfather. Could this be fate?

Jack Davidson has a secret - several secrets, in fact, but the first one is that he has been following Jamie. Not in a stalker-ish kind of way; he’s just been keeping an eye on her. The organization she works for has requested a grant from his foundation, and during a routine investigation of the program he discovered that someone has been daytrading with funds “borrowed” from the organization. Jack has been following Jamie in an effort to find out who’s behind the quasi-embezzlement. When Jamie runs into Jack – literally – he feels compelled to maintain contact with her, if for nothing else than to proceed with his investigation. What Jack doesn’t count on, though, is Jamie being the most beautiful, lush, compassionate woman he’s ever laid eyes (or spilled food) on.

One dinner date turns into an all-night conversation which turns into early morning passion. Both Jamie and Jack think this might be the beginning of a great relationship – until Jamie finds out another one of Jack’s secrets.

From Jack’s crotchety old grandfather to Jamie’s cross-dressing psychic, this fast-paced romance features a cast of fun, well-drawn characters who the reader comes to love. Even though the conflict surrounding Jamie and Jack is based on a secret Jack kept, McCarthy does not drag this misunderstanding out. The couple discusses it and must decide how to proceed. The slightly suspenseful subplot is resolved with care and is well woven into the overall theme of the book. Erin McCarthy writes wonderful romance and can always be counted on for a great read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Jilian Vallade, 2006

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