Dear Mr and Mrs Houston,
The description of “Charade” at Fictionwise leaves a little bit to be desired. It lead me to believe this would be a fun, happy book about two people cooking up a zany plan to keep the hero’s father (for heart healthy reasons) from overdoing the physical aspect of his relationship with the heroine’s mother. I’ve read some of your books before and they were a lot more fun than this one.
“Charade” features some very rude people saying lots of hurtful and insulting things to each other. Trace is doing Lynn lots of favors by helping her get the building housing her bakery business up to code (in a very short time) and acting as her pseudo boyfriend for her 10th high school reunion. And Lynn repays him by bristling and snapping at him over the most nitpicking things. But then Trace doesn’t hesitate to tell her that he doesn’t think she’s sexy and then snarl at her over anything at all. And their parents aren’t much better. Ralph and Lillie treat their grown children like squalling babies and don’t bother to hide it from the whole town. And why did Lynn’s ex-husband show up? I guess just to make Trace jealous but it was dropped into the story and as just as quickly over.
So, unfortunately with a story whose lead and secondary characters I don’t like and a love story that’s hard to believe could change from nasty swipes at each other to true love, I have to give this one a D.