Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# (10)0-06-084790-5/(13)978-0-06-084790-6
Avon Books (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
July 2007
352 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Working at a large CPA firm, often finds Jennifer Carman putting in overtime and being passed over for promotions. This time she plans to put all her energy into her work, even if it means forfeiting dating until she discovers some of her grandmother’s treasures.

Robert Marshall deals in international trading. One night, out at a bar enjoying some casual drinks, he has the opportunity to meet Jasmine, a woman that really stirs excitement in his bones.

Jenny is always engrossed in work, she never knows when Friday rolls around. She has been told her work is most impressive the way she deals with clients, but she has yet to make any promotion. She loves to succeed in everything, hoping to one day even be successful in finding love. After going through her late grandmother’s belongings, her mother expresses it has been too long since Jenny lived and now she should rethink her life. Jenny realizes she has indeed put off living far too long. With her grandmother’s belongings, she finds a name, Jasmine Coret, a good friend of her grandmother's and Jenny decides to resurrect the woman and enjoy a more spirited life. One night out with her friend, Marcee, she decides to find the lucky guy to take her home. She waits until Marcee leaves to make her move, not wishing an audience. Robert is out enjoying some quiet time when he meets the acquaintance of Jenny. After some hours of conversation, he is smitten with her. Fabricating her name and job, it makes the time she spends with Robert more exciting. As they spend more nights together, love blossoms between them. But when Robert learns her true identity, she wonders if it will all blow up in her face.

When She Was Bad is a wonderful story that entails the life of a young woman coming out of her shell, trying to find that inner self that makes her feel complete and loved. The passion between Robert and Jenny/Jasmine is moving, intense and heart-stopping leaving the other eager to look forward to the next date. It is almost a match made in heaven the way the two reach out to the other discovering their own romance and feelings. Good friends often have one’s best interest at heart, but Robert and Jenny prove they must look into their own hearts for answers. To me, it gave the story more credibility. Cindy Kirk leaves the reader with a feel good ending and creates a character in Jenny that is often similar to many young women. She made Robert a human caring individual that gives women the hope that not all men are total jerks in this charming read.

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