Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: To Catch a Cheat
Author: Kelley St. John
Publisher: Forever (Warner)
Release Date: November 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day - Atlanta
Overall rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sexual
Language (Profanity) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Kelley's Website: www.kelleystjohn.com
Whatís a girl to do when she gets cheated on and cheated on and cheated on? Why, start a TheGuyCheats website of course, which is exactly what Marissa Kincaid does. And first on the long list is Trent Jackson, who cheated on her twenty years ago.
Trent has often wondered about Rissi and how she turned out. Obviously still as feisty as ever. Not one to be outdone he creates his own site: TheGirlLies. In his opinion, he didnít cheat and Marissa is lying. Wow, heís not had this much fun in quite a while.
Itís not long before an online war becomes public. Very public with an interview on a morning radio show. Things seem to be getting out of hand as far as Marissaís concerned, but this is admittedly good publicity for her original e-zine AtlantaTellAll. But when the radio station makes them a proposition involving a million dollar advertising campaign for their respective e-zines, well, she can handle it. After all itís only living with Trent in a neutral zone for one week.
Nothing to it. Nothing to it at all. She will not fall for a cheater.
To be honest, this is not typically the type of book I lean toward (sex toys, casual sex). And at first I felt as if there were a lack of intimacy, of a deeper emotional connection between Trent and Marissa, but itís there if you watch for it. With that being said, it didnít take long for Kelley St. Johnís writing to catch my attention with the underlying heart of the characters, their internal fears and desires. Fears and desires many readers can relate to.
On the surface Marissa may appear hard and stand-offish, but with a closer look we come to see a vulnerable woman wanting and desiring what most other women want. Trent on the other hand is both an open book and a mystery. Nuances that appear simple and understated bear closer scrutiny. Thereís much more to him than meets the eye.
To Catch a Cheat contains clever plotting, fiery yet likable characters, and attention-getting dialogue.
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