by Trish Jensen

January 2005
ISBN: 0-5055-2585-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Sociologist Leah Smith is working on her doctorial dissertation. Her subject is what type of woman gets ahead in the workplace, the plain Jane type with brains to spare or the stacked blonde bombshell with more air than brains in her head? Leah picks her brother Steveís cosmetic company, Just Peachy to do her field research. She applies for a job as a receptionist as Candi Deveraux the blonde stacked sexpot and as Leah Smith the mousey plain overqualified girl. Imagine her surprise when they both land the job. Personnel intends to try them both out and see which is the best fit for the position. Oh what has Leah gotten herself into?

In reality Just Peachy has been having some problems and it is suspected that someone working there is stealing trade secrets and giving them to the competition. Security specialist Mark Colson has been hired to try and find out just who is the corporate spy in this company. When Mark sees Leah posing as two different employees she becomes his number one suspect.

Leah isnít the only one playing dress up in this oddball comedy. Leahís brother Steve has two personas as well. You see his financial backer firmly believes that a woman should run a cosmetics company. To obtain the money he needed to fund the company Steve invented his twin sister Stephanie and she runs the company while he acts as financial advisor. This is just a temporary fix until Steve can buy the backer out and do away with Stephanie but the heels just might kill him before he reaches his goal.

I found Phi Beta Bimbo to be a laugh out loud funny comedy. Just the kind of book I have come to expect from the pen of Trish Jensen. This is a lighthearted look at the lengths some people will go to in order to make their dreams come true.

With most of the characters playing two different parts in this story I felt that Ms. Jensen did a wonderful job of keeping everything straight so the reader wasnít lost. Was the book believable? Maybe, maybe not that will be for each reader to decide for themselves but who says a book has to be believable to be good? Phi Beta Bimbo was a screwball comedy that had this reader laughing out loud and forgetting the troubles of the day. Trish Jensenís latest Phi Beta Bimbo is pure entertainment. Grab a copy and get in on the fun.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Barbara.

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