Interior decorator Lacey Holbrook
is in trouble, and she's ready to call in an old favor to get out of it.
She fully expected the Merlin family to make good on her request for a
"suitable" man to assist her, but was stunned to see the heir to
the empire himself standing
at the door of her trendy L.A. apartment. Jed Merlin had changed. No
longer the clean-cut young man she worshipped with adolescent eyes, this
shaggy denim-clad stranger hardly seems like the CEO of a major
corporation, and certainly not the answer to her predicament!
Jed Merlin rang the bell expecting to help
out an old family friend, but the cool, collected woman who answered the
door was nothing like the little girl he so fondly recalled proposing
marriage to him, citing it as a merger between their two family businesses.
Irritated with the way Lacey is intent on playing Pygmalion and
pigeon-holing him into her idea of an urbane male, Jed sets out to
show Lacey what a real man is made out of, turning the voluptuous beauty
and her ideals on their ear.
worked for me:
I always get a kick out of reading older contemporaries because they are
frozen in time. This story has the heroine sporting an easy-care
Dorothy Hamill 'do and a silk jumpsuit, which I recall was all the rage way back when
the wardrobe on "Charlie's Angels" was
considered the cutting edge of chic fashion.
Though her appearance was brief,
there is a secondary character, a writer of bodice rippers, who
provides some tongue-in-cheek humor about the romance genre in general. It's
nice to see an author who has a sense of humor about her line of work.
I thought Jed was fairly well-drawn for such a short novel, and I definitely could see myself chatting
comfortably with him at a party.
Size-wise Lacey was heavier than
was "in" for L.A. in the late 70s/early 80s, and felt self-conscious about
her height around men under 6'.
What didn't work for me:
hate to say it, but I really didn't like Lacey. I couldn't break my
initial impression of her as a controlling ice-queen because it took her
so long to thaw out.
The story hinted at Lacey
being in danger, but with the exception of one scene the reader never
feels it. "Spellbound" just didn't deliver the suspense it seemed to
A solid read, but
it may be difficult to track down this older title.
Warning, there are some steamy scenes in
If you liked "Spellbound" you might
"Love at Large",
"Baby at His Convenience",
Lightning", "The Independent Bride", "His Seductive
Revenge", "The Bridesmaid's Reward", "Carried
Away", "More to Love",
Course of True Love", or "His E-mail Order Wife".
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