"Breezy, entertaining romance between a woman's basketball star and a real estate developer"
Reviewed by Patricia Woodside
Posted January 30, 2011
Multicultural African-American | Romance Contemporary
Women's basketball star Naomi Venable loves to help others,
so it's no surprise that she runs to the aid of a young
woman who is being attacked outside the Seattle arena
just after a game. When Naomi is injured in the attack, she
needs time to recuperate, and the Keathley family opens
their doors and hearts to her.
Zack Keathley feels indebted to Naomi for helping his
sister, sure, but he's also immediately attracted to her.
Even while he fends off threats to his business, he can't
help but make time to show Naomi just how grateful he is.
Michelle Monkou's THE MILLIONAIRE'S ULTIMATE CATCH starts
off with a bang, what with the attack on Zack's sister and
Naomi's rush to help her. I had a bit of a time believing
Naomi was so injured she couldn't return to her Chicago home
to recuperate since she didn't have any broken bones or
other severe injuries. But of course, it was
necessary for her to stay put in order for her and Zack to
get together. Putting that one point of contention aside, I
enjoyed the romance between Naomi and Zack.
Women's sports stars are a group underrepresented in romance
novels. Monkou does a good job of scratching the surface of
that world and crafting a believable hero for a woman who is
both above average in height and athletically strong. I was
glad to see her allow Naomi to show her softer side and to
center their conflict around something other than their
careers. As the romance reached the point of seeming doom,
Monkou did an excellent job of leading the reader in one
direction then revealing a plot twist that fit perfectly
with the missed clues. I also loved that Monkou took the
romance to Haiti, an island rich in culture and beauty, even
as it struggles with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
THE MILLIONAIRE'S ULTIMATE CATCH is a breezy, entertaining read.
After a daring, headline-making rescue, basketball star
Naomi Venable accepts Zack Keathley's invitation to spend a
week recuperating at his sprawling country estate. The
sinfully sexy millionaire could have his pick of any woman
in the world. But once he sets his sights on Naomi there's
no way she can resist this rugged alpha male's
Zack owes Naomi for coming to the aid of his baby
sister. But grateful isn't all the driven developer feels
for the sleek and sultry pro athlete. And once he makes up
his mind, there's no stopping the aroused penthouse playboy!
Caught in Naomi's seductive spell, can Zack convince this
fearless sorority sister that their passionate paradise is
meant to last forever?
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