Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Fashion Victim
Author: Sue Swift
Publisher: Five Star
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, New York
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Sue's Website/Blog: www.sue-swift.com
Sue Swift is an award winning, bestselling author in many different genres including romance, mystery, historical, erotic, and more. In this newest offering she tackles the world of high-fashion and joins a sweltering, sensual romance with a suspenseful storyline that produces the perfect balance of love and fear.
Cara Fletcher has wanted to do only one thing her entire life, and that is to design the best clothes on earth. Since the day she began dressing her Barbie dolls which ended up selling at an art show, Cara has been obsessed with making her mark in the fashion world. Not only has she accomplished this feat, but she's also gotten her daughter back. She never meant to lose her daughter in the first place, of course, but she was a simple college girl when the gazillionaire entered her life and ended up hiring the ritziest lawyers in the world to take Natalie away from her. Now the time has come where the mega-rich ex wants to cut costs, so Natalie has been sent back home and her mother couldn't be more torn between love and absolute fear that her daughter isn't going to like Mom very much.
Thankfully, their relationship takes a turn for the better and Cara's fashion show is coming up. With the good however, comes the bad. The hang-up phone calls she's been receiving are getting worse and worse, and there's a part of her that can't quite understand why her business isn't making any money at all even though her clothes are flying off the shelves in stores across the globe. While trying to sort out the debts, Cara is served with a notice that she's being sued...and everything goes to the wolves.
Fletcher Wolf to be exact. Fletcher is a man who owns Fletcher Tools & Gear and this corporate raider seems to be quite angry that Cara's sportswear line for men is called Fletcher's Gear. His lawyers come out of nowhere and pounce on the woman already drowning in debt to let her know that by using a name similar to the Tool company, Cara has made a huge mistake, and it will take her millions of dollars to get out it...millions that she doesn't have.
Meeting Fletcher Wolf for the first time amidst the courtroom drama, the one thing Cara wasn't prepared for was the way he completely and utterly hits on her. Instead of being angry with her and wanting to play plaintiff and defendant, it seems like the handsome Mr. Fletcher has way more sensual things on his mind. When a deal is struck to help Cara out of debt by making the wolfman the CFO of her company, romance hits home for both of them.
The hang-up calls get worse, and someone appears on the roof of Cara's home in the middle of the night. Soon, her studio and warehouse is completely ransacked and her credit cards go missing. When the police come to arrest her for being involved in a drug deal Cara soon finds out that she has no other choice but to turn to the Wolf for help and protection from the obvious stalker who is desperately trying to rip Cara's world apart.
Although an interesting tale, the heroine of our story is a bit on the "lost little puppy" side of things. As a once independent woman she turns rapidly into a simpering female when Fletcher Wolf comes into her life. Even during difficult times, Cara allows this "handsome" man to call her honey and condescend to her like she's five. There is certainly attraction between the two characters and a back story that allows Fletcher to seem more human and not just an egomaniacal playboy, but in the end with his "honey" comments he always seems more jerk than life-saving hero.
Until next time, Amy
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