by Tyne O`Connell

August 2004
ISBN: 0-373-25067-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Accused of being shallow and making women insecure and obese, Television star, Holly Klein is in fear of being forced into an early retirement. Her makeover show needs something big, something good, and something in public interest to turn her image around. When she is saved from a mugging by a street bum, he becomes the perfect answer. Sheíll repay him by putting him on her show and redeem herself.

Coerced into begging by his fellow sofa cruiser, Leo Monroe didnít think as much as he reacted when he saved Hollyís purse from the thief. He grew up in the projects and has pretty much enjoyed his street life. At the time we meet him, heís just waiting for his free plane ticket back to England from his mother. However he takes a liking to Holly and the sparks begin to fly.

An interesting story, the characters have some big obstacles to face. One is rich and famous. One is poor and downtrodden. But unlike your average Pretty Woman remake, youíre not really sure you like either of them. Ever. They are very well developed, almost to the readerís horror. At the start of this novel, neither character has very many redeeming qualities. And it goes downhill from there.

However if you donít mind shallow (yes, the public opinion was right), ditzy heroineís and men that have dealt drugs to live, without facing consequences then maybe youíll find something in these two to enjoy. However, as entertaining as the story line was and as well written as it was, their faults were more than this reader could take. It also tended to glorify the same mother that had left the drugs laying around for the son to sell. I would have to say this was not my cup of tea.

However, on a positive note, it was very well written, easy to read and follow, and reads quickly.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Katy.

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