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A mash-up of show biz and college

Published September 18, 2012 by francesothomas

As one of the first batch of Avon Addicts, I received Meg Cabot’s book Size 12 and Ready to Rock. I think this is the first of her books I have read, but it won’t be the last. 

 I was favorably disposed toward the book for two reasons going in. Like the heroine Heather Mills, I work at a college, though blessedly not in a residence hall. Also like Heather, I am well beyond a size 2.  But it is Cabot’s delightfully snarky sense of humor that captured me.

The descriptions of the teenage wannabes, stage moms, college employees, and reality show personnel are well drawn. The hero has his priorities straight, and Heather herself is compassionate and smart.

Can’t wait to read more.

Pearls or a sari?

Published September 3, 2012 by francesothomas

The heroine in Liz Carlyle’s The Bride Wore Pearls is a rarity in Victorian romance novels, a woman of mixed heritage. The exotic Anisha is half British and half Indian. That background is successfully utilized in the boudoir scenes.

The book is lengthy at 422 pages with sufficient twists and turns before the hero’s scandalous situation introduced in the prologue is resolved.

Rance fights his attraction to Anisha for some time, but is, of course, doomed to fail. She is a lady who will not be denied.