Thursday, February 18, 2010

Review: Under The Influence

Nancy Warren has created a fun, fast paced read, that really is the story of two couples. The main story focuses on Natalie Fanshaw an efficiency expert and Johnny Santini a local bartender trying to win a cocktail contest. The two meet at the restaurant he works at on Valentine's Day and things get hotter from there.

But that's not all this story is about, there's also Rita and Ben who have a relationship that one of them wants hidden.

Nancy weaves these two couples stories perfectly together. Oh and each chapter starts out with a cocktail recipe that will make you wish you had every liquor in your cabinet.

Why the recipes? Well within each chapter you find Johnny creating drinks for his muse Natalie to sample and to perfect his drink for the contest.

It was fun reading about these four people and their quest for not only good sex, but for trust and love.

This was a near perfect book, and I say near, only because there were a few times when I wanted to slap Natalie because of her reservations or her snobbery, when it came to financial matters. Other than that, this is a great book and one for the keeper shelf, which is now beginning to sink under the influence of all these good books.


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