Book 60: The Emperor's New Clothes

TITLE: The Emperor's New Clothes
AUTHOR: Victoria Alexander
STARTED: July 25, 2006
FINISHED: July 25, 2006
PAGES: 360
GENRE: Romance

FIRST SENTENCE: "We've got to get the hell out of this town!"

SUMMARY: [] Ophelia had barely finished conning the coat off a cardsharp's back when she stumbles into Dead End, Wyoming, and receives a welcome fit for a queen--or a countess, which is what the townspeople believe. Ophelia sees no reason to reveal herself before she strips the hamlet of its fortunes--until she meets Tyler, the town's mayor.

REASON FOR READING: I'm still working on Alexander's backlist.

THOUGHTS: I will say one thing for this book, the two leads have chemistry. It practically jumped off the page but avoided the whole "I'm-going-to-rip-your-bodice-off" thing. Well done. For the most part, this book amused me. There were more than a few one-liners that had be cackling outloud. And, while Alexander kept her plot moving, chemistry steaming, and dialogue hopping, her supporting cast of characters seemed like cardboard. They were so overdone as to be Disneyified. That hurt the book as a whole. I may have loved the two leads, but I could not stand anyone else.

MISCELLANEOUS: The cover has a glorious mix of romance novel covers dos and donts.

KEEP/SHARE/CRINGE(?): Pack to PBS from whence it came.
RATING: 6/10 [Good]

CR: Talk to the Hand by Lynn Truss
RN: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger