Jamie Peters is about to meet her soul mate. At least, that's what her cross-dressing psychic insists is going to happen. The fateful meeting will involve an accident, food, and a huge lie. What? Jamie has no intention of finding any soul mate. She's not the kind of woman men dream about, anyway. She's more the maternal type - a nurturer, not some sort of seductress. Besides, Jamie always seems to find fixer-upper guys, who always move on once she's patched them up. That's probably because her job as a social worker tends to spill over into her personal life. But even if she were in the market for a soul mate, there's no way she would fall for a liar. And her unconventional family life has left Jamie wary of the opposite sex, which doesn't exactly leave her open to the possibility of a serious relationship. Maybe her psychic read the signs wrong and it's supposed to be a hot, steamy affair instead of something permanent. Now that, Jamie could live with.
Jonathon Davidson has obviously gone insane. At least, his family thinks so. Why else would he have given up a prestigious, high-paying job on Wall Street? Maybe there's hope for him yet. He may not be a hot-shot anymore, but he's still wealthy and incredibly good-looking. And he does have a job. He's a detective of sorts, looking into crimes in the world of finance. His latest case involves the social work agency where his sister's roommate, Jamie Peters, works. They've applied for funding from his family's charitable foundation, and something definitely isn't quite right with their books. Jonathon needs to make sure Jamie isn't involved in anything illegal. All he has to do is come up with a way to meet her, without revealing his true identity.
When Jamie crashes into a stranger on the subway and ruins his takeout spaghetti dinner, not to mention his shirt, alarm bells start clanging in her head. When she looks into his eyes, she knows she's in serious trouble. The gorgeous hunk introduces himself as Jack, and he's quick to forgive her for the destroyed meal. Jamie can't help but like the guy and somehow, they end up making a dinner date. Uh-oh. There was an accident, there was even food involved, but so far, no huge lie that Jamie knows of. Is he married? Gay? What's the story with Jack? He's certainly easy on the eyes and tough to resist. Definitely steamy affair material. But a soul mate? Jamie still isn't buying it.
Jack can't believe how hard he's falling for Jamie. The little white lies just keep piling up as he tries to keep her from finding out about the big whopper. He's pretty sure she would run fast and far if she knew he was not only a millionaire, but also investigating her employers. What will happen if Jamie finds out the truth? Can he convince her that Jonathon Davidson is every bit as worthy a man as his alter ego?
Erin McCarthy is a master at creating just the right blend of humor and heat. Page after page of steamy, mind-blowing encounters between Jack and Jamie are perfectly balanced with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The more serious issue of Jamie's past and how it has affected her relationships was handled beautifully. It was easy to fall in love with Jack and understand his reasons for being less than truthful with Jamie. It was equally easy to see why his actions felt like such a betrayal to her. I hoped they would look deep inside and try to find a way to make their relationship work, in spite of its rather unconventional beginning. Very highly recommended!