by Suzanne Brockmann

March 1999
ISBN: 0-449-00255-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Fawcett Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jericho Beaumont is the “Sexiest Man Alive” according to movie fans the world over! That is, until he falls into the dangerous pit of alcoholism and spends several years drying out. Now he’s back, he’s clean, and he wants the upcoming movie role of “Laramie” with a passion!!

Kate O’Laughlin is a top producer with a secret – she wrote the incredible screenplay for the movie she’s producing, and the last person she wants playing the pivotal role of “Laramie” is a has-been, washed up, recovering alcoholic who could flush her entire career down the drain with one scotch! Yes, romance lovers, it’s pretty clear where this is headed! But it is Suzanne Brockmann, so don’t expect the customary cute, sparks-fly and heavens-move affair! Nope – Ms. Brockmann gives us a look at two intelligent, sensitive and wounded people, caught in the unrealistic world of Hollywood where drugs slipped into sugar cubes are as normal as a father who tries to control his child-star daughter’s every thought!

Jericho is a man of many faces, and Kate is horrified to find herself falling in love with all of them! The set is littered with fascinating secondary characters, all experiencing growth on one level or another. This is a very multi-faceted tale, the main romance playing out against a background that swings from Hollywood excesses to old-fashioned bigotry. Each character has his or her role to play – everyone is integral to the story, and no one is left behind! But it’s Kate and Jericho that steal this tale – their love is hot, passionate, stumbling and occasionally painful – and my compliments to Ms. Brockmann for her honest and forthright portrayal of a recovering alcoholic. No sweet redemption here, just the difficult day-to-day struggle to make it through!

If you’ve read any Suzanne Brockmann books, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your collection. If you’re a Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan, I know you’ll love this novel because it has a very similar style. It’s highly recommended and is going on my keeper shelf!!

Reviewed in August 2002 by Celia.

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