Monday, June 23, 2014

LEANN'S REVIEW: Better as a Memory (Marilyn Baxter)


Atlanta image consultant Victoria Sharpe is

about to give a makeover to the man who broke her heart in college, and a
do-over to a love that always should have been.


Looking at her potential client, Atlanta image

consultant Victoria Sharpe is convinced the job will be a cross between What
Not to Wear and Man vs. Wild. She’d love to turn down the offer, but refusing
it—not to mention the referrals it could generate—just might break the bank.
Yet, agreeing to make over this man’s image might also break her heart. Again.

Max Brown will

tolerate anything to gain access to his trust fund. Returning to work in the
family business, even submitting to his mother’s demands to trade his
comfortable flannel for Armani is worthwhile if he can get the money necessary
to start a camp for at-risk boys. But then he sees he’ll be working with
Victoria Sharpe, his college girlfriend, the one who got away. Or, really, the
one he left. The impression he makes here will be the most important of his life,
and the person most as risk is himself.


Max jangled his car keys in his hand as he waited at Victoria’s door. He felt as nervous as a fifteen-year-old on his first date. He wore the gray pants and navy blazer Victoria had approved together with a brilliantly white shirt and a yellow tie with small navy dots. He wiggled his toes in his new black oxfords and marveled at how comfortable they were. True to her word, Victoria had steered a wide berth around wing tips and had showed him that style and comfort were not mutually exclusive.

He knocked a second time and nervously straightened his tie. And when she finally opened the door and he got his first glimpse of her, he let out a low whistle. His gut told him he would have a hard time keeping his hands off her.

And hard was the operative word as his body twitched below his belt. The black dress had a ruffled skirt that skimmed her knee. The V neckline teased at her cleavage but left plenty to the imagination. Simple sapphire and diamond earrings sparkled as they caught the light, and he saw a matching bracelet circling her wrist. While her high-heeled shoes were plain, they made her legs seem as if they went on forever. And when she bent to pick up her purse from a table beside the door, he caught a glimpse of her black lacy bra and gritted his teeth in an effort to will his body to cooperate.

This might be a very long and very frustrating night.

After taking her arm and helping her negotiate the steps down to the drive, he held her purse and wrap while she settled into the passenger side of his SUV. She had certainly taken her own advice to heart. She was stylish and understated, but he wasn’t so sure her classic beauty wouldn’t make her stand out like a diamond among pieces of coal.

They chatted about mundane things for most of the drive to his parents’ estate, but when he turned into the long drive lined by towering pines, he posed a question. “Are you okay with me introducing you tonight as my image consultant? I mean, that won’t make you feel like…well, you know.” He was at a loss for words.
“What you are trying to ask is if I’ll be insulted if people think I am your employee.”

“Well, yeah. I mean, you’re not, but in this crowd, that’s liable to be what people assume. I was just thinking you might drum up a little business when people see how you turned the beast into Prince Charming.”

“Too bad I didn’t tame his raging ego, too.”


Victoria laughed, and once again Max had to scold his misbehaving libido.




In 2001, Marilyn discovered Romance

novels quite by accident, which led to a renewed interest in writing. She
started out by writing fanfiction about Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman,
which developed into a desire to write about her own characters. She’s had over
forty short stories published in the confessions and Romance magazines.

Also, she has taught a class in how to

effectively write for this genre and worked as a researcher and copy editor for
several Romance authors. All this combined to give her a great love of the
Romance genre and helped develop a multitude of friendships in the Romance

She’s a member of Romance Writers

ofAmerica, as well as her local chapter, Heart of Dixie. In addition to
reading, Marilyn loves to knit (as long as it’s only a scarf), cook (in the
crockpot), garden (in a couple of pots on her patio), and her motto is “Have
passport, will travel.” She’d love to add to the list of 32 states and 21
foreign countries she’s already visited.

After raising two great sons, she loves

to spoil... er... dote on her two granddaughters.

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This book was a fun little read. I love the dialogue  It was fun and witty. This is the perfect second chance read. Very easy to relate to and I think most readers will agree with me on this point. For so few pages I feel like I got the full experience of a novel. The author did a phenomenal job.

I loved the characters and the romance that they shared. It was fun and light for the most part. I really couldn't get enough. I can see myself revisiting this little read a few times!





1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me (and Max and Victoria) on your blog today! I'm glad you enjoyed their story.