by Wendy Markham

February 2004
ISBN: 0-373-25047-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Tracey Spadolini's life is far from settled. She is still reeling and recovering from the break-up of a three year relationship. The only plus side of her heartbreak is the "happy pills" her therapist prescribed to deal with her panic attacks have had the side effect of helping with her weight loss program. She can now see her collarbones and decides on a sexy, size eight red dress for the Office Christmas party.

Not only is Tracey the center of attention in her dress at the party, but she has more than her share to drink and makes out with a really cute guy, who just happens to be her boss's roommate. Will Tracey be able to have a dating relationship with Jack, the cute guy, without endangering her work relationship with Mike, her boss?

The main constants in Tracey's life are her gay friend Raphael, who is always there to give advice and be a laundromat partner and her friend, Buckley, who has never been Mr. Right at the right time. One of the other constants is the annoying Mary/Merry at the office who is way too cheery and in charge of the Secret Snowflake gift exchange. Tracey becomes concerned when her Secret Snowflake seems to have gone way beyond the gift amount. Another cause for concern is her ex-calling from out of the blue. Her life becomes more unsettled everyday.

Ms. Markham takes the reader on a fun romp through the trial and tribulations of being single and twenty-five. Those at that age will be able to relate to Tracey's angst and those of us who are older can laugh and say, thank goodness, we don't have to deal with those issues anymore. Slightly Settle is the perfect read for a long, cozy winter's afternoon.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Roberta.

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