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FAST AND LOOSE
ELIZABETH BEVARLY
ISBN#: 978-0425-22085-6
April 2008
Berkley Sensation
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99
286 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 cups

Lulu Flannery is an artist, she makes art glass and paints. She is restoring her little house, so the five thousand dollars rent for the two weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby will be helpful, as long as they do not undo all of the hard work.

“King” Cole Early is one of the leading trainers in thoroughbred racing and his good looks make him very popular with the “trainer hangers”. Despite his reputation, he is serious about his chances of winning the Derby this year.

The two weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby are a busy time in Louisville. Lulu decides to rent her house for an outrageous sum of money, but worries that a notorious partier will trash it. She is horrified when the most notorious of them all is her tenant.

Ms. Bevarly describes the chaos leading up to the Derby from both the local and visitor’s standpoint. Her characters are really well drawn, none of them are one-dimensional. Lulu and Cole are as different as two people can be, one is careful and conservative on the outside and wild within and the other is the opposite. Cole’s snooping around Lulu’s home and his fantasies about the owner were hilarious. The subplot of Bree’s search for the perfect millionaire is almost a book in itself. The author’s description of the events leading up to the Derby made me feel like I was there, but the quirky love story between Lulu and Cole kept me interested from the first page until the last.

Maura
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