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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nom de Plume

Nom de Plume by T. C. LoTempio
Publisher:Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Review by Jasmine

Secretary by day, writer by night, Casey Catherine Farraday’s given up all hope of the world ever knowing her talent—until her agent calls with the happy news she’s sold her book! The flip side is, they think the author’s a man! As if that weren’t enough to cope with, there’s also Casey’s handsome neighbor…the man across the hall, Mr. Apartment A. His matinee idol looks set her heart to fluttering—and what’s more, he seems to like cats…

Millionaire playboy Preston Frawley inherited McCarron Publishing from his mother and wants to spruce the company up a bit so it can be sold. His editor and former lover thinks she’s struck gold with author K. C. Starling and his sexy tome, Steam Heat. But what really makes Preston’s heart race is his lovely next door neighbor, a sweet, innocent girl with not a deceptive bone in her body…or so he thinks.

Will Casey and Preston get together? Or will Casey’s alter-ego, K.C. Starling, end up ripping them apart? Find out in Nom de Plume, a romantic comedy about love, opportunity, and the age-old battle of the sexes.

Casey Catherine Faraday is a secretary by day and an aspiring author by night. And after numerous tries she has given up hope that her work will ever be published. Until one day, her friend and agent calls with the happy news that the book has been accepted for release. However, there is a catch: she has to use a nom de plume, that of a man.

Millionaire Preston Frawley inherited the McCarron publishing empire from his mother. One of the first manuscripts brought to his attention is Steam Heat, written by a K.C. Starling. His acquisition editor thinks that this author is the real deal and the book will sell millions. But her opinion might be a bit biased because she has a crush on the illusive Mr. Starling. Preston is still hesitant to publish the novel due to the fact that its plot resembles his former life very closely. So he finds one mistake after another to stop publication. What will he do when he finds out who K.C. Starling really is?

This story was a fun novel about two people giving out the right signals under the wrong circumstances. The story was positive and light and I enjoyed reading the development of Casey’s career. The author has written an excellent story, but I believe it could have been developed some more. The story dragged a little bit here and there. And I felt that both Casey’s and Preston’s thoughts were not given equal space in the writing. I believe I would have enjoyed the novel more if more of Preston’s thoughts had been present in the novel. I especially enjoyed the way the cats were used in the story and the unique names given to them. Despite my few complaints, this was a very good story and Ms. LoTempio is an author to keep an eye on.