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An unlikely couple fall in love when a womanizing, fast-living film producer realizes that his life is emotionally empty without his conservative, well-mannered young secretary, the polar opposite of him. Megan is personal secretary to the handsome, dashing, fast-living, wealthy Jed, an award-winning film producer and consistently ranked by magazines as one of the most beautiful and desirable people in the world. Megan, who is beautiful like all women are in Hollywood but decidedly not as easy or hard-headed and opportunistic, is 27 years old, and has been Jed's secretary for years. She has nursed him in the morning when he arrived at the office hungover, briskly set his schedule and life in order, and handled his high-stress, high-intensity office with as much calm and competency as she could muster - which is a lot. All the while, she has watched actresses and models fall under his spell, only to be tossed lightly aside when he is done with them and bored.
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Eventually the emotional emptiness and high intensity of her work got to Megan and she requested a two month leave for the first time in her entire tenure. Jed is understanding and cheerfully agrees. He has always been friendly and flirtatious with Megan, and his charm and commanding manner were never lost on her, but Megan has never taken him seriously and knows that a man like him is dangerous to date. But when she returns after a refreshing, all-expenses-paid vacation in the Bahamas, and then Florida, she finds that Jed's attitude towards her has changed. Megan's own attitude has changed. Her holiday made her re-think herself and her life, and she is more confident now, and also more tanned. Aside from this Jed has realized how much his life lacks structure, biting humor and order when Megan is not around, and how much he misses seeing her face in the morning. Jed tells her all this and asks her to date him, telling her that he loves her, but Megan is incredulous. She does not believe him and waves him away. But Jed is not accustomed to being refuse. He begins to pay court to her, seductively and playfully, a game that Megan has never personally experienced but doubts its sincerity since she has seen him use it on other women.

But he puts her on paid vacation as soon as she is back and begins to take her out, treating her like a princess but without being showy. He teases her and warmly compliments her, and they find themselves talking about things they both are passionate about, apart from film-making and filing folders. Megan is surprised to find herself genuinely enjoying his company, and is confused and afraid as his seductive powers begin to work their magic on her. Whenever he kisses her, she is overwhelmed. But when an old flame, Leslie, makes an appearance and is determined to steal Jed back, Megan's doubts and suspicions re-surface. When she sees Jed and Leslie quietly talking on the patio of his beachfront house one evening, she decides she was right after all and drives away - not noticing that Jed looked around and saw her as she left. A few days later he asks her to be his date to the Academy Awards, which stuns her - that he wants to be seen in public with her. When she asks about his meeting with Leslie, he says that he had told her in no uncertain terms that they were done when she came to his house, and he is entering a more mature and serious phase of his life, and knows he doesn't deserve a woman like Megan but wants her anyway. They go to awards and consummate their relationship in a heat of passion afterwards, and when Jed asks her to marry him, she finally risks trusting him, and agrees.
Best part of story, including ending: I didn't like this story. It was weak and completely unrealistic.

Best scene in story: When Jed is driving really fast in his red sports convertible with Megan riding shotgun and he is clearly showing off for her - it is cute, although also a little cheesy.

Opinion about the main character: I thought the portrayal of Jed was very unrealistic. In real life men like Jed don't change their ways.

The review of this Book prepared by Princess Peach a Level 10 Peregrine Falcon scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   snooty or fancy-fancy If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   producer/director Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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