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Friday, May 22, 2009

Rodeo Drive by Jennifer Loy

Rodeo Drive by Jennifer Loy
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Starving artist, Tiffany Hunter, creates a new business as a Purchase Consultant, a gift saver. Tiffany gets calls all day long from desperate, busy, hard-working, or just plain lazy men. Most have procrastinated to the last minute to buy gifts for their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, even their fianc├ęs. Tiffany gets the details of the woman, knows the situation and occasion, buys the gift, and delivers it. She gets a high from shopping, a rush from the lack of time, and finds pleasure in the women’s faces when she pretends to be the delivery person as she drops the gift off at their door.

Tiffany Hunter’s favorite place to shop is of course, Lauren & Co. on Rodeo Drive, where she meets the sharp-dressed jeweler, Nick Bennett, who quickly has an eye on her. As Tiffany and Nick’s relationship heats up, two of their old flames return. As the summer temperature rises in Southern California, so does the anticipation of which path Tiffany will take. Follow Tiffany on her hilarious and surprising adventure.

Rodeo Drive has a secret twist that you will not be expecting so enjoy!
Jennifers Loy’s Rodeo Drive is more than pleasantly posh and if an inside look at celebrity’s life styles appeal to you, this book delivers. The main character, Tiffany, a starving artist-slash-less than interested college student changes herself and comes up with a clever job title: Purchase Consultant.

And starts shopping! The procrastinators of the world (men, of course) find her personal touch, not to mention speed and insight, invaluable. After all, what does she do? She shops! And the shopping provides income to support her life as well as her interest in art. The job is fun; she loves to shop, and in some of the best stores, too! The last-minute push to get great stuff adds some element of excitement – and all this shopping lands her right back in front of a really hot looking, plainly successful, handsome man, who is also – well he’s a pain, but he’s also a little odd.

Stunning BMW-driving Nick Bennett adds just that bit of zing life is looking for. He sells for famed Rodeo Drive jewelry shop and favorite haunt of Tiffany’s: Lauren and Co. He’s irritating at times and let’s admit it, pushy. ‘Can I show you a bracelet? Can I take you to dinner?’ I mean, not exactly smooth… but then again, he’s attractive, has that husky voice, and you could just picture him naked.

Loy’s characters absolutely drive this story. It’s easy to admire Tiffany and her ‘be yourself’ attitude and Nick, although at times he wanders toward the irritating, is most often funny. His self-pep talks and what not, are just a hoot. Some secondary casts are also well-developed and both deal with attitudes and expectations of various family members. However, honestly, it’s the customers – those desperate, delinquent husbands, whispering their order into the phone, that are the most fun to read about. And, after all, Tiffany is helping them in a deception – a nice deception, but still. At some point, that just might come back to bite her.

The dialogue is a bit lengthy at times, but plausible. The background, poshest of the posh, is fun, but never intrusive, and never slows the story. The action is unpredictable – and action, indeed, abounds.

Clever and quick, Rodeo Drive is very readable, witty and fun. 4.5 books