Arabesque, $5.99, ISBN 1-58314-188-X
Romantic Suspense, 2001
Flirting with Disaster could use a more alert editor. The hero Khamil Jordan is schizophrenic and his character and personality change all the time that I get seasick trying to catch up. The heroine is okay, mired in a suspense plot that is all but suspenseful.
Sixteen years ago, Monique Savard found her mother dead in their house. Today, the murder is still not solved. When the police reopens the case, she jumps at the chance of helping them and putting her demons to rest.
She has also bloomed into a dead ringer of her mother, and she follows her mother’s footsteps to become a model. While at a male auction, she meets Khamil, a superstud woo-woo entertainment lawyer. Khamil puts the sleek move on her, and she gives him a false name and phone number.
He soon tracks her down, and they schmooze even as someone tries to cause trouble in Monique’s life.
Monique also has an annoying, obsessed suitor who turns out to be… did I say that this story has no red herrings at all?
So why do I even keep reading, I wonder.
Oh yeah, Khamil’s amazing Dr Jekyll and a Thousand Mr Hydes repertoire. This guy is amazing.
First, he wishes that he will meet the right woman.
All the women he met are either flaky or clingy.
He doesn’t believe in attraction at first sight.
He has slept with too many women because of attraction at first sight.
He is attracted to Monique at first sight.
He is sure that she is something special.
He believes that all women are alike.
He really wishes he will meet the right woman because he wants to settle down.
He doesn’t trust women and will never let one get close to him. He doesn’t want to commit himself.
No, wait, Monique’s special, y’all.
Hell, all women can’t be trusted!
Who was it that was saying all women are flaky again? Khamil, look in the mirror, please.
Seriously, Khamil is one weird dude, I tell you.
Two oogies. That bonus oogie is for hilarious unintentional schizophrenia-themed comedy.