by Lisa Plumley

April 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7696-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Are you a fan of romantic comedies? If you are then you need to be sure not to miss the newest release from author Lisa Plumley, Josie Day Is Coming Home.

Josie Day is a dancer in a Las Vegas revue. She dances in a revue called Glamorous Nights Revue, where she has worked her way up to the position of second lead dancer. One night while on stage she notices an elderly patron choking. She dances off the stage to help the woman, as no one else appears to be coming to her aid. Josie never thinks twice about what the consequences of her actions might be, and certainly doesnít expect a reward for helping.

Tallulah Carlyle however is grateful for Josieís help and insists on a reward. When Josie refuses, Tallulah hands her a card, and tells her when sheís ready to claim her reward to call her lawyer.

After a bit the idea of a reward gets the better of Josie, and she makes the call. Her reward? A dilapidated mansion back in her home town of Donovanís Corner. Her arrival at her new home is not quite what she was expecting. The first person she runs into is a handyman who is quite the curmudgeon. The second thing she runs into is the rest of the town of Donovanís Corner and their back wooded ideas regarding what she did in Las Vegas.

The handyman is not truly a handyman. He is Luke Donovan. Yes, one of the Donovans of Donovanís Corner. Luke has true and rightful ownership of the mansion, but for the moment decides not to tell Josie. Heís not quite sure why he doesnít try chasing her off as he has others that Tallulah has tried to deed Blue Moon to over the years. Luke knows that Tallulah will make things right for Josie, but he also decides that Josieís personality has warmed his heart, something he didnít think possible so he keeps his ownership of Blue Moon a secret. His ownership of Blue Moon is not the only thing heís hiding from Josie. Heís also hiding his own family dysfunction, thus not telling Josie who he truly is.

The friendship that Luke and Josie establish is one of good times, and true stand by your friend in the face of adversity. They flirt, and build the sexual tension. They defend one another to the people of Donovanís Corner and to each otherís families. One canít help but cheer for both Josie and Luke to achieve their dreams.

Ms. Plumley has done it again. She has written a tale of friendship, determination, and love. One of my favorite romance genres is that of Romantic Comedy, and Ms. Plumley writes it with the perfect mixture of spice and nice.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Sandi.

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