"A hilarious romance"
In Boston, Maralys O'Reilly enjoys providing netiquette
advice to users. However, her quiet life ends when she
receives a call from her preadolescent nephew who tells her
that their mother Marcia has failed to pick him or his
younger brother up. Their father James remains en route
from California. Maralys picks up the kids and takes them
to their suburban home. Not long afterward, James arrives
home to learn Marcia left him. A few days later, James
visits Maralys and kisses her, but she says she is not a
Marcia substitute even if she is her twin.
When her elderly father takes a bad fall, Maralys
rushes him to the hospital. James arrives to help. He
kisses her, takes her home, and they have sex. He notices
the mole on her left nipple and says he has dreamed of that
birthmark for twenty years, having once made love to the
girl of his dreams. He thought she was Marcia, who did not
have the mole, but now knows it has always been the
Maralys. He tells her he loves her and wants her as his
wife, but wonders how to persuade Maralys they belong
DOUBLE TROUBLE is a very funny contemporary romance
mostly told by the irreverent Maralys' perspective with her
Internet musings as a key element in understanding her.
James and the support cast enhance readers' comprehension
of what makes Maralys tick. Though James' problem with his
father is an unnecessary sidebar, even if it places him in
financial jeopardy, fans will fully appreciate Clare Cross'
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 22, 2001