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“Damage Control ”

Written on: 07/08/2006 by Harriet Klausner (18637 reviews written)

Damage Control

Kristi Gold

Harlequin Hotel Marchand, September 2006, $4.99

ISBN: 0373389418

Movie producer Renee Marchand returns home to New Orleans to regroup following a major fiasco. She agrees to take over public relations for the family run Hotel Marchand, though she insists this is temporary, as she plans to return to Southern California to re-energize her career.

Film director Pete Traynor comes to New Orleans seeking locations for a film he is planning to make. He stays at the Hotel Marchand where he sees Renee; three years ago they shared a torrid one night stand, and though both wanted more, career commitments ended their relationship before it began. Now he wants to start where they left off, while she feels the same, but fears this time her heart will not recover once he leaves her, which she assumes will be as soon as he completes his mission.

The latest Hotel Marchand post Katrina romance is a fine entry in a warm series, as the lead couple is a nice pairing who belong together. However, that also leads to the conflict of when he will leave her behind, as he returns to California. This conflict seems forced, and adding to the hero and heroine's worry is neither of the stars want to admit the truth. Still, readers will enjoy Hollywood in New Orleans, as the likable Pete and the nice Renee complete what they started three years ago, with lust metamorphosing into love.

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