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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440237475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237471
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,907,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Shades of Miss Congeniality lend a rosy hue to this frisky romance, which will entertain those who enjoyed Lane's previous charmer, Romancing Riley. The story opens as Miss Kansas Summer Squash, Lacie Jo Baxter, is being kidnapped and tossed in the trunk of a car-tiara, beaded gown and all. A successful beauty queen is nothing if not resourceful, so Lacie whacks her captor with her baton and gains her freedom. Fearing another attempt on Lacie's life, local authorities assign FBI agent Ben Camaglia, who's cooling his heels in Kansas after roughing up a senator's son, to keep an eye on her. Though the attraction between the two is immediate, it isn't until the kidnapper strikes again and a startling piece of Lacie's past comes to light that things really start to heat up. The author's use of comically protracted sentences ("If [Lacie] had to be nice to Ben, it didn't hurt that he was the hottest thing in these parts since the Lewis house burned to the ground and the volunteer fire department couldn't put out the blaze for two days because of the corn liquor that Marge and Buddy had tucked away in their root cellar") will make some readers feel as if they've just run a marathon, but in the end, they will be glad they did.
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Lacie Jo Baxter, Miss Kansas Summer Squash, wears her tiara and sash proudly, even after a kidnapper throws her into the trunk of a car. Lacie manages to escape, then flashes her beauty queen smile at the crowd of people keeping vigil at her house. FBI agent Ben Camaglia has been exiled from his high-profile job in Washington, D.C., to Klaber Falls, Kansas, after punching out a senator's son who beat up a prostitute. To Ben, Lacie seems just a little too calm and collected after her brush with a kidnapper, and he's anxious to find out who is trying to kidnap this perpetually cheerful beauty, and why. Once again, Lane has penned a fast-paced, hilarious romantic comedy. As in her previous romps, including Guilty Little Secrets [BKL Ap 1 03], she takes two characters totally unsuited for each other, puts them into a seemingly normal but, in fact, off-kilter situation, surrounds them with zany secondary characters, and takes them, and the reader, for the ride of their lives. Consistently strong comic voices are few and far between, and Lane's is one of the best. Shelley Mosley
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2004
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Miss Kansas Summer Squash, Lacie Jo Baxter finished her upbeat speech at the opening of Mercer's Drug Store in Klaber Falls only to have someone toss her into a car's trunk. As the vehicle speeds off Lacie Jo holds tightly onto her baton while encouraging herself by saying "Not a pushover". They stop at Whipple Farm seven miles from town with nothing in between. The buoyant Lacie Jo hits her kidnapper with her baton and escapes.
FBI agent Ben Camaglia is in exile working on doing nothing as there has not been much demand to investigate crop circles lately. Ben knows that if the incident of necessary roughness of the senator's son occurred today, he would pound the idiot even more. His first assignment in Kansas is to insure that is no future abduction of Lacie Jo occurs. The twosome are immediately attracted to one another, but neither expects anything to happen between them. That is until the kidnapper tries to snatch Lacie Jo, putting Ben in panic over the safety of the woman he loves.
Fans of romantic suspense will appreciate this delightful thriller with its congenial tidbits involving beauty contests, though the exciting story line centers on the abductions of Lacie Jo and the DIRTY LITTLE LIES behind them. Lacie Jo is a brave person while Big Ben feels like a large fish in a pond too small until his beloved is taken again. The over use of complex sentences means keeping an oxygen tank handy (periods would help) though Connie Lane provides a terse tale with amusing asides that will please sub-genre readers that this author has moved into this nest.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mahikahn on May 25, 2004
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Ben Camaglia is a Washington DC FBI agent exiled to a small town in Kansas. When Lacie Jo Baxter the "Summer Squash Queen" is kidnapped Ben figures solving the case would get him back to DC or even Chicago or New York where he belongs
Lacie, a serial beauty queen since she was 5, manages to escape and returns home. Before she even goes up the steps of her house her mother puts a brush in her hand and a tube of lipstick (which Lacie rejects until Mom gets her the "right shade"). Lacie doesn't want to talk to Ben about the kidnapping until she tells "her public" all about it. This is where I knew I had a problem with Lacie but I convinced myself she would get better as the book progressed. Wrong.
At one point Ben described Lacie as "empty-headed, illogical, dumb as a rock, brainless, and clueless". That may seem pretty harsh. Unfortunately he was dead on. She was also self-involved, boring, shallow, and downright stupid. Her main topics of conversation were about beauty pageants, dresses, hair, make-up, beauty products. This was her whole life.
And if possible her mother was worse. She hadn't won Miss Summer Squash when she was Lacie's age because she got pregnant with Lacie. So she lived vicariously through her daughter making Lacie feel obligated since she'd "ruined" her mother's life. Remind you of anyone? Her mother treated Lacie's younger sister Dinah like dirt because she wasn't beauty pageant material.
This book gave beauty pageants contestants and pageants themselves a bad name. It stereotyped these women as vacuous, unintelligent Bimbos. I can't understand why Ben fell in love with this woman. What would they talk about after the initial attraction wore off? Lacie giving him more hair tips? And the ending was beyond unbelievable!
But I have to tell you that Ms. Lane's "Reinventing Romeo" was one of the best books I've ever read! I would definitely recommend that one but don't waste your money on this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Doss on November 3, 2004
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I was also reminded of the movie "Miss Congeniality" when I read this book--beauty pageant world turns nasty. But no one was hurt in the movie; even the violence at the end was slapstick comedy. What bothered me about the book was that the mixture of silly romantic comedy and psychological thriller didn't work. The ugly undertones and tragic climax did not fit the light "tone" of the book. And the Epilogue went right back to silliness, as though nothing bad had happened. I would have given it 3 stars up until the end.
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I didn't enjoy this book at all. I tried to like it, I really did. But about halfway through, I gave up and skimmed the rest. Lacie was unbelievable and vapid. She showed promise at the beginning when she over powered her kidnapper with her baton, but she never really showed that kind of spirit again. Lacie was too perfect, to sugary-sweet and I didn't like her at all.

Ben, while I think he had potential, also fell somewhat flat for me. He kept commenting on the perfection that was Lacie; I never knew what he saw in her aside from the perfection.

I was also annoyed by the use of similes, they were thrown in everywhere. The worst was when the author describes the freckles of the shoplifter, she says they were "like sand on the beach".

I was also unhappy that the relationship between Lacie and Dinah was never really resolved or explained; Dinah was painted to be a misfit non-beauty contestant and neither Lacie nor their mother really had anything to do with her, except to try and prevent her from marrying her boyfriend.
And Lacie becomes the Mayor of Clabber Falls. GIVE ME A BREAK. How was that possible? This book is just awful and I recommend you run far, far away.
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