Love Sold Separately

Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780778309314. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After years of struggling as an actress, Dana Barry is hired as the newest host for The Shopping Channel. But before the ink is even dry on her contract the star of the network, Kitty Todd, is found dead. The police seem to suspect the sound engineer, Lorenzo, but Dana knows he’s in the clear—she and Lorenzo were together when Kitty was killed. Together Dana and Lorenzo set out to clear his name by finding out who really killed Kitty. In the process they uncover theft, adultery, blackmail, and multiple suspects at the network. The story is told in the first person by the insouciant but extremely observant Dana, who has surprisingly accurate insights into human nature.
VERDICT Meister (Dorothy Parker Drank Here) presents a breezy, fast-paced contemporary with elements of suspense and mystery. While Dana is the only well-developed character, the array of secondary characters—even her love interests—remain one-dimensional. Readers looking for a light beach read will enjoy the engaging writing and compelling plot.
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