Thursday, April 27, 2006

DON'T LOOK DOWN by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, DON'T LOOK DOWN (St. Martin's Press, 2006).


Lucy Armstrong has a mess on her hands. A director of dog food commercials, Lucy has been asked to wrap up shooting on a dog-of-a-movie entitled "Don't Look Down." Half of the crew--including the original director--abandoned the project in disgust. The film had been a romantic comedy before being hijacked by an investor, a former IRA terrorist, looking for a way to launder money. He adds a kidnapping and helicopter rescue to the ending--a scenario that Lucy fears will endanger her remaining cast and crew.

The final scene turns out to be a front for another crime. The terrorist will use the chopper to deliver stolen jade aphrodisiacs to a Russian crime boss. Hoping to nab both men, the CIA recruits Army Special Ops officer J.T. Walsh to work undercover on the film as a stunt man. J.T. is the kind of man a woman can rely on--strong, brave, loyal, and trustworthy. And Lucy needs all the help she can get dealing with

The website for the Crusie-Mayer collaboration features author bios and a blog.

Jennifer Crusie's books feature gutsy, imperfect heroines who know how to "take care of business." Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries are similar.


Looking for a little romantic reading?

Library Journal's Kristen Ramsdell has included the following titles in her list of the BEST ROMANCES OF 2005. I have included only those titles owned by Memphis Public Library (as of 5/12/06). Click here to see the full list. Match Me if You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips may appeal to Jennifer Crusie fans.

Landis, Jill Marie. Heartbreak Hotel. Ballantine.

"In this heartwarming conclusion to Landis's “Twilight Cove” trilogy, a widow works to restore a derelict hotel along the California coast and happens upon a new life—and a new love—with the help of the resident ghost." (LJ 4/15/05).

Moore, Kate. Sexy Lexy.

"A popular fitness guru seeks anonymity as an inn owner in a coastal town and discovers love with the local handyman (and famous architect)—until her sexy workout book blows her cover. This funny romance has a serious core and is historical writer Moore's first foray into the contemporary arena." (LJ 4/15/05)

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Match Me If You Can.

"Phillips is in top form in a hilarious romp that mixes a heroine desperate to save her inherited matchmaking business and a superstar sports agent hero too busy to find his own bride, throws in a rival matchmaker for good measure, and lets the sparks fly." (LJ 6/1/05)
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