Mr. Charming

Mr. Charming

Nancy J. Parra

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Jennifer Sumner is a single mom with a secret past. At the request of her brother, lead investigator on the case, she takes in a wealthy playboy who is pretending to be dead. Jennifer walks a fine line as she struggles with the press, who can expose both the playboy and her troubled past, the playboy who threatens her lonely heart, and the killer who now wants them both dead. Can her brother catch the killer before her hard earned life come crashing down around her?

REVIEW: Before I begin the review I have to apologize that this post is late. I said it would be up yesterday and her it is late Wednesday night and I am finally posting this review.

As I said in Monday’s Author Spotlight I meet Nancy on Facebook and was thrilled with the opportunity to read and review this book. From the moment that I read the blurb and the excerpt I wanted more and so Nancy was kind enough to let me have a little sneak peak. I have been bursting to talk about this book and am finally able to.

Kane McCormick is definitely a man after my own heart. If he had stepped out the pages of this book into my kitchen I would have had to stop myself from forgetting Mike (the love of my life) and my boys (the lights of my life). He was confident, handsome, secure in who he was, loyal, and rich. From the moment he set foot into Jennifers life he remembered what it was like to be a part of a family, something that he had been lacking since his parents death many years ago.

Jennifer is a woman shaped by events in her past. She has hidden herself away from the world. She has no friends, she doesn’t socialize, she has her work, her brother and her son. She doesn’t want anything else.

When Jennifer’s brother Jason a cop asks her to hide the victim of his latest case she reluctantly agrees. When she discovers that it is the Kane McCormick and man that is suppose to be dead she is furious at her brother, but she is a woman of her word and lets him stay. She is very firm in her house rules and has every intention of ignoring him for what she hopes is a very brief stay.

Kane however has a different idea. From the moment that he meets Jennifer he wants her. She is unlike any woman that he has been with for a long time. She reminds him of things that he had forgotten and thought that he didn’t need. As he works to figure out who wants him dead he slowly begins his attack on Jennifer.

I love this story, for a lot of reasons, the main one being though that the characters were very real. There was no real sugar coating of feelings and experiences that had shaped their emotions. One of the scenes that I loved was when Kane asks Jennifer to go with him to his best friends funerals, friends that had died on the plane that we was suppose to have been on. I do have to admit that I didn’t see the villain coming in this one. When they were revealed I was shocked.

If you love a good mystery, and a great love story than you will love this book, and I am not saying that because she is my friend. I would have given this book the same rating regardless.

In honor of Nancy’s visit to my blog this week and the release of her book, and how awesome it is doing so far, all those that leave a post naming a book that they have read lately that they loved will be entered into a drawing for a copy of this book. I will draw the names a week from today.

I give this book a 4.75 out of 5.



  1. Jennifer Ross

    Nice review, you've certainly whetted my curiosity about the villain!

    A book I've read lately that I loved? Good heavens! How many can I pick? I guess I'll start with the last one, which was Isabel Roman's Temptations and Treachery from the Dark Desires of the Druids series. Actually, I loved the entire series.

    Then there's Shadow Song by Lorena Stephens, a historical fiction with romance, and The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, a straight historical fiction. I've got a great many in my TBR pile that I'm dying to get to, including Susan Macatee's Erin's Rebel, Beth Trissel's Enemy of the King, and many, many more. Then there are the ones I wish I had . . .

  2. Heather


    Thanks for the post. I have never read Isabel Roman before nor Lorena Stephens I am going to have to check them out.

  3. Kathy

    This reads like it's a really good book. I'm reading a really good book right now it's The Spy Wore Silk by Andrea Perkins. I have two moreof her books lined out to read along with the to be read piles all over the house. Since I'm spending a lot of time at doctor's offices with my husband I will have time for reading.

  4. Heather

    Kathy, you will have to let me know what you think of those books, I have picked them up and put them down so many times.

    I hear you about the dr's office. Whenever I have to take my son (he has a kidney disease) I take at least two books because I never know how long I will be there.

  5. Debra St. John

    Congrats on the great review, Nancy! It's well-deserved.

    Hmn, as for a book I've read recently… (I just re-read a series, so that doesn't count.) As for something new, at the moment I am reading another fellow Chicago-Norther's book: "Killer Career" by Morgan Mandel. It's really great so far.

  6. Mona Risk

    Congratulations Nancy on a great review.

    I recently read Thin Ice by Liana Lavarentz and All My Hopes and Dreams by Celia Yeary, both wonderful stories so well written. I am reading Tripping Through Time (parnormal) by Mary Ricksen, Enemy of the King (historical) by Beth Trissel and House of Lies (contemporary) by Maggie Toussaint.

  7. Joelle

    What a wonderful review. I loved the book, too.

    Hmmm, a book that I've read recently and loved? First Family by David Baldacci. It was complex and kept me on the edge of my seat. I always love a book where I can like the villian and understand his cause even if I don't support it.

    Thanks for wonderful insight into Nancy Parra's Mr. Charming!

    Joelle Charbonneau


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