by Erica Orloff

September 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51372-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #58
Mass Market Paperback

The Gotham Roses are an exclusive organization dedicated to philanthropic causes around metropolitan New York City. Invitations to join are coveted, and the members raise millions of dollars for their charities. The young women who are selected comprise the cream of society’s elite, highly educated and motivated. Many of them are at the top of their chosen field or on the fast track to reach it.

Renee Dalton-Madison, founder of the organization, also runs a very different operation from behind the club’s brick walls. Selecting the most qualified from among her “Roses” Renee recruits them into a life of service - strictly undercover. Using their society connections and unique skills, these young women assist the CIA and other groups who investigate criminal activity among the rich and powerful.

Madison Taylor-Pruitt does not learn about this secondary purpose until her best friend, Claire Shipley, is murdered. Renee offers Madison the chance to help catch Claire’s killer. In the process, Madison also wants to prove that her father had nothing to do with the crime, even though he is the number one suspect. While she may not have approved of their affair, Madison knows that her father would never have hurt Claire. He loved her.

Author Erica Orloff kick-starts a new Bombshell series, The It Girls, with The Golden Girl. With an intriguing plot, fast pace, and an fascinating cast, this book was a joy to read. The premise behind the rich-girl-spy scenario is dead on target and the combination of glitz and Glocks is hard to resist.

I especially appreciated the way Ms. Orloff keeps us guessing a bit about the hero. Is it Troy, the FBI agent assigned to the case, or John Hernandez, a former gang member turned dedicated teacher? The same holds true about the plot - I was guessing right up to the very end. Readers who like the fine arts mixed with martial arts will be as anxious as I am to read the next book.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Paula.

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