ROMANCE

Sets Appeal

Lyrical: Kensington. (Romance by Design, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 200p. ebk. ISBN 9781516100071. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Divorced for a year, Vix Tremain has finally gotten over her ex-husband via a sexy new body and a new job as a theater set painter. To prove she isn't frigid, as her ex had claimed, Vix has her sights set on a fling with handsome theater construction manager Jay Dee. Meanwhile, JD recognizes Vix as the former Victoria Tremain, whose husband caused JD to lose his full scholarship while obtaining a graduate degree in architecture. Both JD and Vix figure they can use the other to get over their past hurts, but what they don't expect is to develop a strong friendship and trust that just might stand the test of time. A few tougher issues, such as statutory rape and alcoholism, are glossed over, whereas in-depth discussion would have produced a deeper, more meaningful story.
VERDICT Taylor (Starling) crafts a believable opposites-attract romance between rich Vix and self-made Jay Dee by building their relationship on what they have in common: theater work and a love of design. With a South Australia setting, the book's realistic Aussie dialog will transport readers to this distant locale while making Sets Appeal a fun, lighthearted departure from standard romance fare.

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