by Stephanie Bond

October 2004
ISBN: 0-06-056542-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

As the weather is cooling and calming down, and you’re ready to take some time to curl up with a good book, and a favorite drink, I’d like to suggest Whole Lotta Trouble by Stephanie Bond.

In Whole Lotta Trouble Ms. Bond takes readers into the world of publishing which I hope is not quite so realistic. It is a journey of friendship, rivalry, love and hope for the future.

Tallie, Felicia, and Jane are friends who at one time worked for the same publishing house. Tallie is still employed by Parkbench. She believes she’s about to work with the house’s biggest, hottest author, Gaylord Cooper. She knows Gaylord is eccentric Tallie is not expecting a nice, smooth ride. However, the twists and turns her life is about to undergo are far above and beyond her imagination.

The first twist is when she finally agrees to meet a blind date set up by her well-meaning mother. She agrees to meet Keith Wages in a coffee shop. When they meet there is an instant attraction to each other, but Tallie is not ready to get into a relationship. That first meeting is punctuated with a rather unexpected random burglary that ends in a shoot out. Is this an omen of things to come?

Tallie and her friends set up a simple plot of humiliation and revenge against a sleazy agent named Jerry Key. The plan ends in a way they never could have, or would have, anticipated. Tallie, Felicia, and Jane are now likely headed toward serious trouble with the law. Will they be able to explain the events of the evening? Will they even be believed?

Ms. Bond has done a superb job of taking an innocent assistant editor and making her a major player in the publishing world. Tallie knows that there has to be some sort of connection between her and her job. It takes her awhile figuring out the connection.

I felt that Whole Lotta Trouble was a harmonious blending of humor, suspense, friendship, and romance. I enjoy Ms. Bond’s writing style. I am looking forward to her next offering. Fortunately for me, I still have a couple of her older releases in my TBR.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Sandi.

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