Pamela is on her dream job at a fashion show, starry-eyed as she falls in love with the seductive, experienced Greek millionaire Michael, but little does she know he is using her for emotional revenge on his first love. Michael does not count on falling in love with Pamela, however, and must seek to win her trust back. Pamela is a struggling young designer in London who, through inheriting a sizable sum from a maiden aunt, has enough money to showcase her spring fashion line in her own small boutique near Knightsbridge. Because location, location, location. This investment pays off in the long run, when flamboyant 40-something fashion show director Alastair and his Greek millionaire friend, Michael, duck into the boutique one rainy afternoon. Alastair immediately likes Pamela's clothes and Pamela dislikes Michael because he says they are "adequate." He's tall, lean, cold and arrogant, and rubs her the wrong way. He looks at her in a way that suggests he is attracted to her, and Michael and Alastair then leave.
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A few days later Michael calls Pamela and asks her in a sardonic way if she'd like to showcase her clothes at the Casamias trunk show on the Greek isle of Crete, a couple months from now. It's late notice but he thinks she might have the right aesthetic. Pamela is shocked and grateful, though she still dislikes his tone. The Casamias show isn't a big focus on the fashion world calendar but it's a good place to start off.
Pamela travels to Athens with Alastair and Michael, and Michael begins flirting with her, a delicate and subtle dance where she is never sure how much he is giving. Against her better judgment, Pamela is attracted to his dark magnetism and good looks. When she begins setting up her clothes and choosing her models and rehearsing with them, Michael is on hand to lazily offer advice, and occasionally even compliment her work. Another British designer at the show, a cheerful brunette with short hair named Hillary, warns Pamela not to get to close, since Michael amuses himself with women and then forgets them, and Pamela believes her and holds back, though Michael almost seduces her a couple times.
Pamela's rehearsals are also glimpsed by the members of the wealthy Casamias family, especially the heiress Helen and her friendly younger brother George. Helen is gorgeous and subtly flirtatious with Michael, and snubs Pamela whenever she is near him or whenever Michael pays court to Pamela. Pamela s jealous of her but says nothing. Meanwhile, George shows interest in Hillary and begins pursuing her.
The Casamias shows goes off without a hitch and the glamorous crowd who turn up for it are extremely impressed by Pamela's clothes - their excellent tailoring and muted conservative British colors and style. Michael wines her and attempts to seduce her in the garden at a party at his mansion afterwards, only to have them be interrupted by a hysterical Helen, who shouts that Michael is only seducing Pamela to hurt her. When Pamela is confused, the enraged Helen explains that when she and Michael were 21 years old, they were engaged to be married, and Michael had been very in love with her, but he had been poor then and she had broken off the engagement. Pamela cannot help but see a strange and conflicted look on Michael's face, but it is too late when he sends Helen away and attempts to apologize to Pamela (he doesn't deny the truth) - Pamela had fallen in love with him and now she was shattered. She leaves him and takes a ship from Crete to mainland Greece, and then returns to London.
A month later Michael returns and quietly begs her to let him take her to dinner. She reluctantly agrees. Over dinner he is very tender and nice, and tells her that there is noting between him and Helen, and that he always thought he had loved Helen until he met Pamela. Then he realized it was just an immature youthful love, more a love of the idea of being in love than the real thing, and he hates himself for hurting Pamela. Her heart melts and he takes advantage by pulling her into his lap and kissing her and telling her he loves her. She admits she loves him too and they promise to get married.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the Grecian setting.
Best scene in story:
When Hilary and Pamela relax on a white sand beach in Crete in their swimsuits and Alastair joins them and jokes that he should have brought his bikini. It was a timid 80s attempt to write a gay man, but still a good stop.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that she was genuinely passionate about her career.