Marcy Johnson believes in “love at first sight” and is a woman on a mission to get her man. Nathan Carter is that victim – uh, man!
The heroine of Our First Kiss is drawn to the hero as soon as she lays eyes on him. Marcy’s feelings are solidified when she shares a kiss with him – a kiss she initiates – at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Despite the fact that her brother is marrying Nathan’s sister and that Nathan resists her advances, she is steadfast in her pursuit of him. This beautiful, successful and intelligent stockbroker clearly knows what she wants, but my problem with Judy Lynn Hubbard’s leading lady is that she’s decided to give herself to him, body and soul, without really knowing anything about the man.
Nathan has a secret. His job as a government lawyer is a cover for his Black Ops missions overseas. And it’s that secret that prevents him from jumping into bed with Marcy at the first opportunity and envisioning a long term relationship with her. But his resistance is no match for Marcy’s wily schemes to get his attention, his and her parents’ matchmaking plans, nor his own desire to give up his clandestine profession and lead a “regular” life.
While the reader knows what Nathan ultimately wants and the dilemma he faces, Marcy doesn’t and she comes across as too aggressive at times. Ms. Hubbard never allows the lovers to deal with his sense of duty in a realistic and intelligent way together before he disappears “like a thief in the night” as far as Marcy is concerned. I truly believe this strong, perceptive and fiercely loyal woman could’ve handled the truth and gained a better understanding of the man she seemingly loved.
As the second installment in Ms. Hubbard’s “Carter Family Trilogy,” Our First Kiss provides a nice update on the characters from Our First Dance and an interest-piquing prologue to her next book, Our First Embrace.
-Reviewed by Angela