A Black Tie Affair by Sherill Bodine
Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her hands on the Clayworth family’s couture collection for her exhibit. So she’s thrilled when she’s called in to authenticate the gowns…until she falls ill while examining them and wakes up face-to-face with notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.
Drew doesn’t trust Athena one bit. He still believes she betrayed him years ago. So when his family’s gowns go missing and Athena offers her help in exchange for the dresses, he reluctantly accepts. But they’re both taken off guard by the barely restrained passion that’s still between them…and the memories that are both bitter and sweet. As they work together to find the dresses, can they resist the sparks between them?
About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Sherrill Bodine has been writing stories since junior high, when she won a pair of silver skates in a state-wide essay contest. While moving twenty-two times back and forth across America and rearing her four children, she published fifteen award-winning novels under two pseudoynyms (Lynn Leslie/Leslie Lynn). Now she’s decided to be herself and write about the people, parties, and high-life in the city she knows best: Chicago. When she’s not in the Windy City with her husband, family, and Newfoundland and pug dogs, she’s fulfilling her passion to travel to exotic locales around the world.
A light romantic read that was just simply fun. This book for me was a little jolt of the theme on “the one who got away”. I liked the quirky idea that Athene is thrown into a project that puts her working alongside the before mentioned “the one who got away” Drew. A second chance perhaps? Well, nothing like solving a mystery together to see if that is a possibility! While the plot is not strong and the characters are not ones I would find myself hanging out with, Sherill has woven together a tale that did hold my attention.
A light afternoon read curled up in a chair or sitting at the beach. This is one that will bring a smile to your face and perhaps bring up a memory or two…
Don’t forget – I have a giveaway of 5 copies of this book!
I received my review copy from Hachette Book Group