St. Martin's, Sep 2002, 6.50, 336 pp.
In Baltimore, Chris Adams has second and third thoughts about using POPPING THE QUESTION to help him propose to his girlfriend Veronica Alexander. However, thinking four years of dating is enough, he finds the courage to enter the facility only to see chaos as four women seem to be wrestling with an overweight male. Company owner Dianna West explains that they are trying to help a client get off the floor because his knees gave out while practicing to propose.
Dianna knows not to get involved with a client, but finds she desires Chris. He feels the same way though he wonders why as he has a girlfriend. As fate seem to keep placing Dianna and Chris in the same environs such as a wacky restaurant scenario, both resists the temptation even if love seems the force that draws them together.
Though the use of fate is overdone (what are the odds of the same restaurant in a city as big as Baltimore is?), the audience will enjoy this romantic romp reminiscent of the screwball comedies of Hepburn in the 1930s. The story line amuses the reader through the antics of the secondary cast and the humorous bantering of the lead couple. Cheryl Anne Porter provides those fans of a sparkling jesting romance with a fun time.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner