Ballantine, Sep 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
In El Paso, Jesse Chapman and Katie Bloom were close friends as he kept her safe from bullies and an indifferent mother while she simply loved him in spite of his bad boy image. When Jesse left the city to become a golf pro, Katie was devastated.
KTEX TV news anchor Kate learns that viewers doubt that a pedantic woman can do this demanding role. The station's owner Julia Boudreaux and its manager Chloe Sinclair decide their friend needs an image rework so they put together a live show, "Getting Real with Kate". The debut show centers on cooking, but Jesse arrives as a last second replacement chef for the guest who failed to show up. Julia blackmails a panic stricken Kate, who still loves Jessie, into letting him stay in her guest cottage as he hides from the media just before the PGA Championship. Jessie quickly realizes that he never forgot his Katie, but before he can explore his feelings, his high school girlfriend Belinda shows up with twelve years old Travis claiming the boy is his.
The opening tale of the "Sexy" trilogy is a fine tale starring two delightful protagonists who prove you can go home if love is there. The lead couple is a delight while the email exchange between the three TV female friends is amusing. Belinda makes no sense as she rushes off to Vegas to start a career leaving her son that she hid from his father for twelve years behind; Travis is the ace of the tale as an “adult” preadolescent who understands women better than his former womanizing dad does.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner