by Sarah Strohmeyer

June 2003
ISBN: 0525947388
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Bubbles Yablonsky is the 40-yr old, divorced mother of a 16-yr old girl, and works as a reporter for the Lehigh News-Times, the local newspaper. Through a lucky break, she managed to snag the story of a lifetime and is now almost involved in a relationship with AP photojournalist, Steve Stiletto, who is a Mel Gibson lookalike. All this happens in the two previous installments of the Bubbles series.

When we first see our intrepid reporter, she is waiting at the Passion Peak Resort where she will finally consummate her relationship with the hunky, Steve Stiletto. Of course, in the way of things, that is not exactly what happens. What does happen is that she gets a fax from her boss at the newspaper to go to a press conference at a local coal mine. Only, when she arrives, there is no press conference, but there is a very familiar car and then she hears gun shots. When she goes into the mine to investigate, what she does find, is a dead body and her boyfriend and the seeds to a story that will make her career.

Written in the style of Ms. Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, Bubbles Ablaze is a fast paced, humorous tale about the antics and mishaps of a woman on a mission to prove that she has what it takes to be a reporter. Ms. Strohmeyer has built a strong cast of characters that will have you in stitches.

While I havenít read the other Bubbles stories, Bubbles Abound and Bubbles in Trouble, I was able to follow what was happening and who was who. I was annoyed by the fact that Bubbles and Steve almost have sex, but at every turn there seems to be someone or something to thwart them. While it might be funny in the first book, and tolerable in the second, it is downright tedious and contrived in the third. Then to have Steve make a bizarre decision toward the end, was downright mean. While I am sure that this book isnít intended to be a romance, the thread was introduced, it is frustrating as a reader to have to wait this long. It is hard for me to believe that these two people; who are supposed to be adults and attracted to each other, Steve even professes to love Bubbles,canít find at least an hour or two to get together is a little incredible.

Overall, Bubbles Ablaze was cute, quirky but unfortunately for me, bordering on gimmicky.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Carolyn.

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