Dorchester Making It, Aug 2004, 12.95, 368 pp.
Jules Vernon knows she needs a new job when TV Chef Francesca hits her in the head with an iron sauté pan over sea salt. Her friend, Jerry of JB Employment finds her work as an assistant production coordinator on reality TV show Pop Star Live.
Jules quickly learns her job alongside two other PCs is too boring as the PCs audition the talent so that the three TV hosts can listen to a few select auditions before making any decisions on who goes Hollywood. After listening to over 400 stinkeroos in Seattle, the show travels to San Diego. A drinking party leads to Jules vomiting all over stage designer Sam, who handles her liquids with grace. As they trek to Reno and Columbus, incidents follow Jules everywhere including falling in love. Sam reciprocates as he wants Hurricane Jules at his side forever. However, she was burned just prior to the altar so will she want more than just around the United States in under eighty days like he does?
Reality TV fans, chick lit readers, and contemporary romance fans will appreciate the opening gamut of Dorchester's new imprint. The delightful Jules is the eye of the storm as she provides often amusing commentary on the world around her even as she seems to land in one fiasco after another. The support cast enables the audience to learn more about the heroine while the auditions thankfully are handled without readers having to suffer like the three PCs do. Hurricane Jules' effort to bring order to chaos, much of which is her making, turns AMERICAN IDLE into a fun novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner