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The Moment Stealer

The Great Escape - Susan Elizabeth Phillips In short: Lucy Jorik, First Daughter, runs away from her own wedding and takes up with a surly biker with his own share of tragic-past-related secrets. They fall in love and make each other better people. With added bonus sidestories of a bitchy weight loss queen gone roly poly and a wispy former socialite suffering from the effects of an abusive marriage and saddled with a surly kid.

I liked a lot of things about this book. Lucy's attitude was delightful, even though I found her new punk style and Viper persona rather ridiculous and childish for someone in her thirties. Every description of her new wardrobe and her hairstyle made me cringe inside. I get that it's her regressed wild side coming out, but there had to be a better and less infantile way to show it.

Still, Lucy was a great character. I loved watching her try out sass, and the way she gave back as good as she got to Panda and Temple. Their interactions were probably my favorite, because cranky people who suffer each other's company with hidden and unknown fondness are great to read about. Panda is an excellent long-suffering character to read, due to his being surrounded by outspoken females, but he bears up well. Lastly, I'm a sucker for stories like Bree and Toby's, and I'm not gonna lie, I welled up a bit when they finally hugged it out.

So, three stars, but there's a point five added in there for Temple being outrageous and delightfully awful.