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Tracy Sinclair is one of Harlequin/Silhouette's five Star authors, meaning
that the starred authors have each sold five million books. Who's buying
all of her books? I think it must be prepubescent teenagers and people who
like glitzy stories about phony people. We've all read these kinds, where
the poor working girl is wined and dined by the handsome, rich, eligible
bachelor. She normally doesn't trust him, and he thinks she's interested
in his money. Those who enjoy lots of medium misunderstandings must
be buying her books, too. I would call this the 'Insensitive Clod meets
Gold-digger' syndrome or Tracy Sinclair at her best. While we know from
the very beginning that the hero may be insensitive, he's not a clod. We
also know that the heroine would love him even if he weren't rich,
handsome, a member of the country club and didn't have servants, a
yacht, a mini-mansion and was dynamite in bed.
Michelle Lacey receives a phone call from her mother. Mom, recently
widowed, has finally listened to Michelle and is taking a vacation. Mom
has met Mr. Wonderful, she thinks. She tells Michelle that Mr. Wonderful
is rich, charming, and a successful inventor who needs someone to invest in
his latest project. Warning bells go off in Michelle's head. Dear Mom has
met a con artist of the first water. When Mom refuses to heed Michelle's
warnings, Michelle flies from New York to Florida to save the day.
Jonathan Richfield, nephew of Mr. Wonderful, thinks that his Uncle Lucky
has met two con artists, a mother and daughter, who want to fleece him out
of some of his millions. Jonathan, sensing that his uncle won't heed his
warnings, decides to hang around and personally save his uncle by not
allowing these two 'gold-diggers' to win his uncle's heart.
Finally, the misunderstanding is resolved. Everybody knows that everybody
else is on the up and up. Michelle has been attracted to Jonathan from the
first, but now that she knows he's a legitimate businessman, she allows
herself to express that attraction. Jonathan, sensing her change, thinks
that Michelle is interested in his money. Now this cloud is hanging over
Petty jealousy occurs when two vapid secondary characters appear. Jonathan
has a friend who wants to be more than that. She's hateful, sneaky and
gorgeous. Michelle sees her for what she is, but thinks that Jonathan is
really interested in the other woman. When Michelle thinks that Jonathan
is involved with the gorgeous witch, she occupies herself with Mr. Playboy,
who takes her to Nassau for lunch.
Always in the background are Michelle's mother, Evelyn and Jonathan's
uncle, Lucky. They fall in love quickly, and soon they act as Cupid's
messengers. They see that Michelle and Jonathan are perfect for each
other. Evelyn and Lucky will have short lives together, I fear. They are
so sweet, pleasant, kind, understanding and wholesome that a massive sugar
overload may lead to diabetes and an early demise.
Throughout the book we're subjected to glitzy nightlife, shopping at
high-dollar boutiques, food that does a master chef proud and countless
examples of a hedonistic lifestyle. I did notice that they had to rough it
occasionally. No chauffeur was in evidence. One of the secondary
characters explained that, while she doesn't work, she does do charity
work. She volunteers at the local country club. Do we pat her on
I find this passage indicative of the whole book. Michelle is at yet
another party, unhappy because Jonathan is paying attention to Ms. Witch.
"She needn't have worried about being a wallflower. Men flocked around
her, drawn like a magnet to the scarlet gown that beckoned to them from the
sea of white and pastels the other women had on. Michelle was like an
exotic bird, beautiful and prized. Men paid her extravagant compliments,
from the trite to the poetic. They praised her deep blue eyes and grew
lyrical about the creamy skin of her throat and bare shoulders."
Lucky in Love is 249 pages long. On page 247 our young lovers still aren't
together. But, hey, they're dressed well. This cotton candy attitude
permeates the whole book and becomes overwhelmingly . . . silly.
This is one of those cases where the title is misleading. Lucky is a
secondary character and our lead characters are anything but lucky
Yes, I enjoy reading about people who have
privileged lives, but that's very different from having my nose
rubbed in the minutia of their daily lives. Lucky in Love was much
too superficial to be a recommended romance read.