Fiancé at Her Fingertips

Katheleen Bacus
2008, Paranormal Romance
Love Spell, $6.99, 303 pages, Amazon ASIN 0505527340

Grade: D
Sensuality: Kisses

I picked Fiancé at Her Fingertips to review because it seemed to have a clever plot device. Sadly, while I liked said plot device well enough, I disliked almost everything else about the book.

Thanks to her mother's incessant matchmaking, Debra Daniels has been on a string of awful dates, and she is desperate to stop the madness. While shopping in a gift store, the answer appears: A kit called Fiancé at Your Fingertips. The kit includes everything a woman needs to trick her friends and relatives into believing she’s engaged, including a photo of the handsome fiancé, pink telephone message slips supposedly left by him, and a complete bio. Debra is intrigued, although irritated that the only box left is for "Lawyer Logan” since she hates lawyers. But, to get her mother off her back, Debra will put up with a lawyer.

Debra puts the plan into motion, gradually introducing "Lawyer Logan" into her life and soon her friends and colleagues are intrigued and her parents eager to meet him. Debra is delighted until one day she begins to get actual phone messages from the supposedly imaginary Logan. She tries to shrug these off, but then discovers that not only has her father met Logan at his golf club, he's invited him home for lunch. Worse yet, Logan told her father he's been looking forward to meeting Debra's family. Suddenly, the real "Lawyer Logan" is in Debra's life, and she can't get rid of him.

Debra tells her family and friends the truth, but none of them believes her. She's not sure if Logan is a psychopath or if a giant trick is being played on her by her friends. Logan insists they have been dating, and he knows all kinds of personal things about Debra.

I had no idea how the book was going to end or what the explanation for the sudden appearance of "Lawyer Logan" in Debra's life was going to be. Nevertheless, while I was curious, if I hadn't been reading the book for review, I would have skipped ahead to the ending. Believe me, discovering the answer wasn't worth suffering through most of the book.

Much of the book is told from Debra's point of view, maintaining the mystery of the finance’s appearance. Unfortunately, I didn't like Debra, making reading things from her viewpoint grueling. I couldn't figure out why an educated career woman would agree to go on all the horrible blind dates arranged by her mother. Couldn't she just say no? While I didn't like Debra, I really hated her mother; she's presented as a horrible caricature. Ultimately, both Debra and her mother come off as being unlikable.

Some readers might like the humor in this book. I do enjoy funny books, but this one felt as if the author was trying too hard to make the book a screwball comedy. The humor felt forced and over the top too many times.

Under the category of petty criticisms, I found it annoying that Debra and other characters in the book attached people's titles to their names. Not only did Debra and her friend refer to Logan as "Lawyer Logan," they also called the friend's boss "CEO Clay." Then, “CEO Clay” begins to refer to Debra as "Investigator Daniels." With the exception of doctors and professors, who calls people by their work titles? More forced silliness.

By the time we begin seeing things from Logan's POV, things pick up, but by then it was too late for me. Overall, Fiancé at Her Fingertips proved to be a grueling read and I’d advise giving it a pass.

-- LinnieGayl Kimmel

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