Jove, Sep 2002, 6.99, 368 pp.
Kate Prescott feels bad for her cousin Patti, jilted by her fiancé Roger Geisler while five hundred guests sat in the church. After everyone leaves, Patti's father asks Kate to do him a favor by taking his depressed daughter on her “honeymoon” since everything is paid for two to spend ten days in Maui at the Kalani Resort Hotel and Spa. On the plane from the Midwest, they meet Cherry, a good time showgirl, who plans to take her two apprentices under her wings while each seeks a millionaire.
Jack McKenna is elated because, after years of hard work in the family business, his father has put him in charge of the jewel, the Kalani Resort Hotel and Spa. However, his father springs one last test to insure Jack understands people as much as he does business. For the next two weeks, Jack will work undercover as a bartender at the hotel to gain a more balanced perspective.
When Jack and Kate meet, the attraction between them is hotter than the tropics. However, he keeps his identity secret and she seeks a millionaire not a bartender, making anything more than a FLING unlikely.
Readers will think of the movie How To Marry a Millionaire especially with Cherry so Marilyn Monroe like in energy and humor. The amusing plot provides escapist merriment for readers as Jack and Kate struggle with intense desire. Fans of romantic romps will expect Elda Minger to provide a story or two starring the other good time girls formerly seeking a millionaire, but now wanting what Kate has.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner