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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Truth About Roxy

The Truth About Roxy by Jenny Gilliam
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
genre: Contemporary
Length: full
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by: Lilac

Roxy Palmer is a walking, breathing cliché. And darned tired of it. Working as the assistant librarian in her small, Southern home town, Roxy also anonymously pens the local love column, ASK PAULA ROCKWELL--Thorton, Georgia's answer to Dear Abby. But when the door leading to Roxy's lifetime dream is slammed in her face by one of the good ol' boys, Roxy brings out the big guns--and turns the genteel town upside down with her racier, feminist, home-wrecking new format. Paula Rockwell is making Sheriff Noah Kennedy's life crazy. He's got angry husbands lined around the block, demanding the cancellation of the column, fights breaking out and women catching their boyfriends' trucks on fire. If he ever gets his hands on that woman… But he's got his hands FULL of Roxy at the moment, and if he ever discovers the truth about Roxy, all hell will break loose.

I absolutely loved The Truth About Roxy. With great characters and an absorbing plot it is definitely a keeper.

In this wonderful and fun read, Roxy Palmer is tired of the condescending attitude of some of the male population in Thorton. Having just been denied a loan by the local bank, the spunky librarian decides to make a stand and does so by spicing up the “Ask Paula” advice column that she anonymously authors for the local paper. Little did she know the stir that the change in the column’s format would cause in the small town as women start to stand up to the males in their lives. But some aren’t too happy with “Paula” and Roxy finds herself facing threats. As sheriff, Roxy’s longtime friend and crush, Noah Kennedy could do without the trouble caused by “Paula.” But lately he has had another distraction in the form of his friend, Roxy. Suddenly, he sees her in a different light and as the two grow closer, someone seeks to keep them apart. And when Noah learns the truth behind the identity of “Paula” it could spell the end of their relationship.

Roxy was a spirited and intelligent heroine whose determination I admired. I enjoyed watching her relationship with Noah change and grow from friendship to something more. Noah was a wonderful hero filled with kindness, strength, and sex appeal. Both have a lot of chemistry, but also have a lot to overcome, including Noah’s unhappy mother, and must learn to trust and be honest with one another.

In addition to the love story of Roxy and Noah, there is a secondary story woven into the main plot involving Noah’s sister and Roxy’s best friend, Mary Lou. The changes in Roxy also have an effect on her friend as Mary Lou finds herself facing a cheating husband, her scheming mother, and a new potential love interest. Her story was just as fascinating as Noah and Roxy’s and I enjoyed how the two storylines complemented each other as the author tied them together.

I also really enjoyed the “Ask Paula” columns that appeared in between chapters. They were filled with humor and really added to the story as it gave us a glimpse at what the townspeople were getting to read as they read the new-and-improved “Ask Paula” column.

There was also a bit of mystery or suspense to the plot as Roxy faces threats from some unhappy individuals because of her column and recent changes in some of the relationships in town. Just when I thought I had figured it out, a twist was added leading to an ending that I didn’t anticipate.

Thanks to the realistic characters and intriguing story, I enjoyed reading and learning The Truth About Roxy and highly recommend it.