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Lacy Kingsley was quietly celebrating her success in landing a job as a writer for a major fashion magazine when she was approached by an older man looking for a night of "fun." When he asks her "how much?" she isn't sure what he is talking about at first and then she realizes that she is still dressed in the outrageously sexy black dress she just finished modeling on the runway. Giving in to the irresistible urge to have a little fun at his expense, she tells him fifteen hundred dollars. Having successfully gotten rid of her problem, Lacy turns to finish her champagne when a tall, dark and handsome stranger approaches her and takes her up on her offer. Lacy tries to explain to him that it was just a joke, but cannot seem to escape. Having little more experience than a virgin, Lacy is not at all sure what to expect - certainly not the most incredible night of her life! Still, everything looks different in the morning and Lacy creeps out the back door while her lover isn't looking.

Back in New York Lacy is determined to be a success as a fashion writer. She is given a backlog of old, boring data to sort through - old designers to track down, small fashion houses to review, etc. The worst were the clashing, florescent-colored dresses at a sporting wear manufacturer who is trying to branch out. Lacy feels sorry for the old dear and persuades him to turn them into tacky max dresses and starts a sideline career as a consultant. She is happily embroiled with her writing and trying to get the dresses to sell when the magazine is purchased by another corporation. Lacy knows that she is in big trouble when she spots the new owner - Michael Echevarria, corporate shark and none other than Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome himself...

I quite enjoyed this book. It is true that it is a little dated, but it was fun to remember the fashion excesses of the time. I didn't feel that the plot line was the most fabulous and some of the dialogue was a little weak, but the characters were really fun. Michael was a gorgeous hero who just didn't trust anyone and had a hard time believing in love. Lacy was a very different kind of heroine and was almost a little too quirky for my taste, but she was fun. I just loved the secondary characters though: her model neighbor with the doberman who throws up all over everything when he gets nervous, the Ivy-League promotion manager who gets the tacky max dresses selling with a disco inferno (literally), the harried private eyes that Michael hires to tail Lacy, all of them were so fun and really made the book enjoyable. I know that the book is out of print (it would need serious updating to get back into print), but it is available for a pretty cheap price so treat yourself.
This report prepared by Debbie



Lacy Kingsley is ending her career in modelling and taking up a new position as a junior fashion editor at a magazine in New York. While in Tulsa, she has a wee bit too much champagne celebrating the end of one part of her life, and the start of another. In her kick-back high time, she is mistakenly thought to be a call-girl by one sexy, dark and dangerous man. The champagne combines with instant attraction, so she indulges in once in a life time, one-night stand. The next morning, she really has a hangover and regrets her letting loose. Rather than face the 'morning after and morning breath' blues, she sneaks away from the hotel room, and hopes the whole thing will be forgotten.

Only, this is not to be the case. For who should buy the magazine where she is working??? Mr. Sexy, Dark & Dangerous. He turns out to be Michael Echevarria and no matter how hard she tries to convince him she is not that lady in Tulsa, but he won't buy her song and dance.

This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray



Lacy Kingsley is ending her career in modelling and taking up a new position as a junior fashion editor at a magazine in New York. While in Tulsa, she has a wee bit too much champagne celebrating the end of one part of her life, and the start of another. In her kick-back high time, she is mistakenly thought to be a call-girl by one sexy, dark and dangerous man. The champagne combines with instant attraction, so she indulges in once in a life time, one-night stand. The next morning, she really has a hangover and regrets her letting loose. Rather than face the 'morning after and morning breath' blues, she sneaks away from the hotel room, and hopes the whole thing will be forgotten.

Only, this is not to be the case. For who should buy the magazine where she is working? Mr. Sexy, Dark & Dangerous. He turns out to be Michael Echevarria and no matter how hard she tries to convince him she is not that lady in Tulsa, but he won't buy her song and dance. For their night together was one he does not want to forget.

This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   restarting after one night stand Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working at a business    -   attempting to get higher position    -   office romance among coworkers Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   did something slutty If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   angry    -   sensitive    -   a better lover    -   guilty

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   journalist Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   a better lover    -   blissful    -   unhappy for sexing the guy    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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