The Doc's Double Delivery / Down-Home Diva (Harlequin Duets, No. 65) by Jaqueline Diamond, Stephanie Doyle
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2001
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
DOC'S DOUBLE DELIVERY
By Jaqueline Diamond
Thirty-one-year-old Dr. Barry Cantress has just spent two years in the Peace Corps on Prego Prego, a Pacific Island overrun with goats. After far too many years of self-imposed celibacy, he's more than ready to fall in love and settle down. But before he can find just the right woman to be the mother of his future children, he falls into a mad, passionate liaison with a woman who couldn't be more wrong for him.
Chelsea Byers is a beautiful bohemian who spends her days as a receptionist in a pediatrician's office and her nights in exotic dance clubs. She has no idea that the tall, handsome, but clearly naïve young man she saves from a thief who put knock-out drops in his drink is her new boss. She only knows that she's more attracted to him than any man she's ever met. Chelsea takes him home with her to sleep off the effects of the drugging, but when he recovers somewhat in the middle of the night, they are unable to resist the attraction flaring between them.
Regrets come in the morning, and both pull back from the connection, but when Chelsea discovers she is pregnant with twins, Barry insists on doing the right thing--for all the wrong reasons, as far as Chelsea is concerned.
This book is very funny, a lot of the humor coming from the author's very sprightly voice. She is also outstanding at making each character very distinctive, clearly showing through her pacing and word choice the stiffness of the uptight hero when in his head, and ditto for the lively quirkiness of the heroine when in her point of view. Barry and Chelsea are a classic pairing of comic opposites reminiscent of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in the 40's screwball comedy, Bringing Up Baby....
DOWN HOME DIVA
By Stephanie Doyle
Brooklyn-born nail artist, Claudia Bertucci, is on the run from the Mob and forced to hide out at the peaceful Wisconsin dairy farm of former FBI agent, Ross Evans. She'd be bored out of her skull with staid life in the country if it weren't for her constant state of excitement around her incredibly sexy host.
The plot setup is believably, and humorously, done in a cute prologue, and from there, the story rolls along briskly and merrily. This is a classic fish-out-of-water comic plot with a pairing of two protagonists who are comic opposites. The heroine is a witty, sassy New Yorker who brings to mind the character, Fran, from the TV comedy, The Nanny. Her piercing observations are very funny to read, especially when contrasted to opinions of the cynical, strong-but-silent hero. Delightfully, the abundant laughs provided by the heroine don't detract at all from the sexual tension, which is immediate, hot and continuous between her and the hero. Some great chuckles come from the subcharacters, as well, a cute bunch of kooks. All in all, Down Home Diva is a wild, wacky ride you won't want to miss.