by Tyne O`Connell

October 2005
ISBN: 0-373-89536-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Despite her hysterical mother's anxieties, Lola feels she has a glamorous career in PR for Posh House, a London members' club. She hopes to have her own business in the near future.

Lola does have to admit her love life is a bit lackluster after her divorce from Richard. After seeing her ex-husband and two ex-boyfriends together, Lola becomes obsessed with reviving her relationship with Richard. Her friends and boss, Charlie, are opposed to this, but Lola sets out on a single-minded pursuit to see if Sex with the Ex is what she needs to complete her life now.

In between chapters of the main storyline, the author has included excerpts from a biography of Lady Henrietta Posche, who lived in the current location of the club in the late eighteenth century when it was Posche House. The excerpts are an interesting counterpoint to the modern story.

Lola is a clever and engaging heroine, but there are times when she evokes a strong emotional response. The reader may want to scream at her for not seeing how Richard really is. Of course, most women will admit they have made stupid choices with men, as evidenced by a plethora of self-help books available.

Richard is the type of man who can be a charming liar. Charlie is a very protective boss and one of the most likable characters in the novel.

The dialog is snappy with wry humor and the pacing is perfect. Both this novel and Ms. O'Connell's previous Red Dress Ink novel The Sex Was Great But... are pure entertainment.

Reviewed in February 2006 by Roberta.

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