"A warm and touching romance"
Mrs. St. Denis and her grandson Noel, CEO of the Treme
Corporation, hire Taylor Gallery to appraise the family art
collection. Lyrissa Rideau, an assistant at Taylor, is
especially pleased with the assignment because she has a
personal interest. She believes that the ancestors of the
St. Denis brood stole a valuable painting from her family.
Lyrissa plans to get it back.
While checking into the St. Denis collection that is not
fully catalogued and is spread among the extended family,
Lyrissa finds Noel courting her though she rejects his
advances. Noel is stunned, but he is beginning to believe
in love at first sight, as he wants Lyrissa at his side.
Overcoming unbelievable barriers, Noel and Lyrissa fall in
love, but she wonders what will happen to their
relationship when he learns how she manipulated the St.
Denis and the prize she covets for her family.
Though the obstinate Lyrissa slows down the romance, her
resolve enables the reader to better understand what
motivates her. The story line engages the audience as the
agendas of the secondary characters pop up whenever it
seems as if the lead couple is taking a step closer to
intimacy. Noel is a warm, compassionate person, perhaps a
bit too perfect, as he patiently tries to get his beloved
to see that they belong together. Lynn Emery furbishes a
wonderful multicultural romance that emphasizes the depth
of the female lead character's quandary between her heart
and a lifetime of lessons about the ignoble thieving St.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 26, 2002
GOOD LOVIN'Lyrissa Rideau's determined to reclaim her
legacy: a valuable heirloom that was stolen from her family
decades ago. She's been hired to evaluate the art
collection of the powerful Creole St. Denis family, and her
goal seems close at hand, but there's a complication --
Noel St. Denis is giving her the eye. New Orleans's most
eligible bachelor, the dusky, upper-crust dreamboat is used
to getting anything he desires. And if Lyrissa's to
succeed, she'll have to keep her own eye on the prize ...
and off of Noel's fine, manly form!What's up with the
woman? The king of the brief, hot affair, CEO Noel's got
the money, the power and enough sweet talk to charm any
lady -- yet Lyrissa's the first to make him consider a
permanent merger. He'd love to taste those luscious full
lips, but it's also clear she's got something besides
loving on her mind. Lyrissa thinks her secrets and her
heart are safe, but she'd better watch out -- cause sexy
Noel's coming on... with a passion!