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Amos spins a delightful tale of Monique whose goal to become a star reporter. Her hilarious blunders while trying to impress her boss added to her quest for romance with a handsome Cop keep her in hot water. Add a mother who writes sexy books and uses Monique in her experiments and it is one of the best books I've read in ages.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ruth

Monique is a single woman nearing her thirties with dreams of becoming a serious reporter, but for now writes the obituries for a local Maine newspaper. In an attempt to get ahead, Monique looks for stories on her own time, hoping to impress her boss. With the type of personality that has her in action before thinking, Monique soon finds herself bouncing from one problem to the next. And when her erotic romance writing mother enters her name in the persoanls online. Monique finds more trouble than she can handle. After a false alarm 911 call, she meets Jake Dube, handsome hunk in a police uniform. Sexual sparks fly, but Jake wants it all, marriage and a family, and while Monique does too, she wants a career first.

Humor abounds in this novel, from the filthy mouthed bird to the large dog that has a taste for anything leather. Filled with colorful characters, this book will have you turning the pages, laughing as you go, until you reach the end. Truely a wonderful read for either male or female audience.
The review of this Book prepared by Marie

Five Star, May 2003, 26.95, 326 pp.
ISBN: 0786251697

Monique St. Cyr dreams of becoming an investigative reporter, but currently works the obituary column for the Portland Enquirer. Next door lives her mother Anne Marie, who is better known as erotic fiction writer Busty Galore. As Busty, Anne Marie uses her daughter's identity to seem sexier and to obtain information on online dating for her new novel. One day after Monique leaves for work, Anne Marie enters her daughter's house to check the email as she put out a feeler for men to contact Monique. However, Monique comes home, hears a noise, panics and calls 911. Police officer Jake Dube answers the call that turns out to be a false alarm.

Jake starts dating Monique, as he is very attracted to her. To stay out of trouble at work, Monique concocts a plot where she pretends to have a street informer looking for money for information. Her editor funds her to buy the information. Monique hides her loot in a birdcage, but her foul-mouthed fowl chews the money into pieces. As she struggles to find a survival path, Monique dives from one problem into a deeper dilemma while losing Jake because the man she loves no longer trusts her.

Though the lies told by Monique will bother some readers, this chick lit tale is enhanced by the lead character's online dating fiasco. Jake is a wonderful hunk and Monique's mother is a work of art, but the tale belongs to the lead heroine who goes at one speed: full warp into an abyss of spiraling trouble regardless of personal consequences.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Who:    -   momma Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) Phone/email/mail relationship    -   Yes Kind of relationship:    -   meet over internet Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   journalist


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Pacific NW Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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