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Book Review By Harriet Klausner
The Sassy One by Susan Mallory

Pocket, Oct 2003, 6.49
ISBN: 0743443950

In Santa Barbara, research student widow Francesca Marcelli fakes being pregnant as part of an experiment to see if people would help her deliver packages. Males ignore her and females nod in empathy, but no one stops to assist her. When she reaches the empty offices of Malcolm and White Data Tech, she meets the CEO of Security International, Sam Reese. He takes her into his office, feeds her, and offers to hold the packages for now. She admits that she is a social psychology grad student wearing a fake device to emulate pregnancy.

Sam takes Francesca to dinner as they are attracted to one another. However, neither wants a long-term relationship though both their families encourage the widowed Francesca and the divorced Sam to marry. Even love may prove too weak to keep this couple together.

Though his ex returning seems only to raise unnecessary tension, fans will enjoy the second Marcelli sister tale. The story line is fun as the estrogen as in the first tale (see THE SPARKLING ONE) is at a fever pitch as it was with the first novel. The lead couple is a fine pair, who claims there not in love, but we, the families and Susan Mallory know better.

Harriet Klausner

Plot & Themes
Time/era of story
Inner struggle subplot Yes
Struggle with...
Matchmake, (will/family) Yes
Matchmaker... - matchmake by parent(s)

Main Male Character
Age/status: - 20's-30's

Main Female Character - 20's-30's

United States Yes
The US: - California

Writing Style
Accounts of torture and death? - no torture/death
What % of story is romance related? - 70%
Focus of story - equally on him and her
How much dialog - significantly more dialog than descript
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