Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Tiara Club
Author: Bevery Brandt
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 2005
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall rating: 4.5
Sexual content rating: Subtle/Sensual
Beverly's Website: www.beverlybrandt.com
Grab your sparkliest tiara, blend your favorite fruity drink, and get ready to laugh and cry with the women of the Tiara Club.
Georgia Elliot grew up in Ocean Sands, a small Gulf town full of Southern charm—and a super-efficient grapevine. So the few secrets she's managed to keep are precious, including that she's the inventor of TV's hottest new kitchen gadget, the Miracle Chef. A second-generation beauty queen, Georgia turns to women she knows she can trust to keep her secret from her controlling society Mama: the Tiara Club. All the members are veterans of the pageant circuit, but they've just admitted one woman who doesn't fit in—Sierra Riley, a Yankee who's never taped her breasts or smeared glue on her butt to wow the judges. And this year the Tiara Club is determined to help Sierra win the coveted Shrimp Queen crown. Add in an impending wedding and the Club's attempts to keep Georgia's secret, and the members of the Tiara Club have all they can do to hold on to their poise, their friendships, and their sense of humor.
What can you say about the Tiara Club? They had me in stitches with their antics and the truth of their "Southern Charm" was enough to keep this Yankee laughing until I cried. Georgia and her club friends are drinking their way alphabetically through the Bartender’s Black Book. At one of their meetings, Callie has them watch a cooking show because she’s going to be mentioned. She wrote a letter telling the show about the wonderful Miracle Chef machine she has. Now, the hunky host, Daniel Rogers, is coming to Ocean Sands to put the Miracle Chef to the test—on his TV show.
Daniel has figured out that Georgia created the Miracle Chef, but can’t figure out why she won’t admit it. The fun starts rolling in waves as she tries to sabotage her own machine without the Tiara Club figuring it out. In the meantime, Daniel is starting to put the moves on Georgia. While she decides a short-term fling with somebody outside of Ocean Sands would be just the thing, he starts wondering about forever. Can these two people from opposite ends of the country and from totally different backgrounds overcome their fears and find a forever love?
One of the best parts of the book was Daniel slowly unraveling the mystery of why Georgia won’t admit to creating the Miracle Chef. In the process of discovering her secrets, we discover that everyone around her has something to hide. There were lots of bumps in the road (and not just a few guilt trips from Georgia’s Mama) in the process of discovering the hidden remnants of the past. While the book was a raucous ride from start to finish, the intrigue of the secrets gave it a sophisticated air. I think Ms. Brandt has hit the nail on the head with her portrayal of life in the Deep South. I enjoyed myself from beginning to end.
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