Dear Ms. Ashley:
The premise is that Brenda, our heroine, wakes up on New Years’ Eve, naked and in bed with a buff naked man. He jumps up, covers himself and runs out. Brenda has just been dumped by her boyfriend Larry, one of the richest men in Southern California. Being in bed with a stranger somehow awakens a new Brenda, a wild new sexy Brenda who is addicted to buying sexy lingerie.
The anonymous naked man turns out to be Nick, Brenda’s arch radio DJ rival for the hearts and ears of the morning drive commuters. After finding out who the other is, the two begin an on air banter, causing the listeners to start taking camps and some even rooting for the two to get together. While I thought the concept of the banter was cute and interesting, I wondered at the logistics. Like how could a commuter listen to both at the same time (this was before podcasting and the like). Also, I thought the online banter was a little, well, weak. It was more corny than witty.
It’s a bit of a slapstick contemporary with Brenda’s radio station changing formats faster than rakes change their mistresses. Then there’s Brenda’s mother who is dating her son’s ex best friend. And finally, there’s Brenda’s brother who is sleeping on her sofa after losing his job, money, and wife. Brenda is trying to deal with her family while trying to come out of her cocoon.
Nick is pretty much a saint to put up with Brenda who can’t decide what she wants, Brenda’s f-ed up boss, and her crazy family.
The storyline with Brenda kind of bothered me because how could he be “sued” for everything he had by his soon to be ex-wife when he had also declared bankruptcy? Further, it didn’t matter who had an affair, really, in the divvying up of assets.
Suffice to say, while this book was readable, I didn’t really believe in the romance and I wasn’t drawn to the “humor” aspects of this book which really drive the story. C.
This book can be purchased in mass market from Amazon. No ebook format (was originally printed in 2005).