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Caught breaking into her family's old estate to steal a valuable painting hidden by her grandmother, Meadow Szarvas thought if she claimed to have amnesia, Devlin Fitzwilliam, the new owner, would have to let her go. Instead, much to her surprise, Devlin insists that Meadow is his long-lost wife. At first, Meadow plays along with Devlin, especially since she has no other options if she wants to find the much-needed painting. Things really become complicated, though, once Meadow realizes that not only is someone trying to kill Devlin but also that she is starting to fall in love with her new "husband." RITA Award-winning Dodd's latest sparkling romantic suspense novel is another of her superbly sexy literary confections expertly spiced with sassy wit and featuring a beguiling cast of wonderfully entertaining characters. John Charles
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Getting in was the easy part...

How can one little lie land Meadow Szarvas in such trouble? Sure, Devlin Fitzwilliam caught her breaking into his mansion to steal a priceless painting. And yes, in sheer desperation she told him she had amnesia. But then he claims she's his wife. As Devlin's own treacherous agenda comes to light, she finds herself locked in a match of high-stakes deception. She doesn't dare take her eyes off him-and doesn't want to-yet the danger is just beginning. For a third player has entered the game, and is trying to kill them both...

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; English Language edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220561
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Romance, Romance, & nothing but Romance! on February 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed Tongue in Chic more than Dodd's last several contemporary books but you have to go into it ready to have fun. If you're looking for a dark suspense type book. This one isn't for you.

If you like a tough, driven, slightly brooding hero with hidden depths of gold and a spunky, hard-to-resist heroine who brings light and fun to his (and everyone else's) life - then this book has what you want!

It is well written and both main characters are engaging and enjoyable in their own way. The conclusion where all the different threads of the story come together at the end of the book is a little fast but I highly recommend this book!

Fans of Lori Foster will enjoy this book!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By GNS on February 16, 2007
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This is a classic opposites-attract story in which Meadow Szarvas, a casual, down-to-earth artist falls for Devlin Fitzwilliam, a wealthy self-made CEO. Most of the story takes place at a mansion in Amelia Shores that has been newly converted into a hotel, owned by Devlin, natch.

I have some small and large problems with Tongue In Chic. First the small problems: What is with the lame play-on-words title that in no way relates to the story and doesn't make sense on its own? And who is the elegantly dressed woman on the cover? Meadow doesn't wear an evening gown in even a single scene. Between the title and the cover, it seems as if the publisher is attempting to mislead readers in some way, and I have no idea why.

Anyway, my real problems with Tongue In Chic concern the contents of the book. The writing style is choppy and lacks transitions. The story does not flow smoothly from scene to scene. For example, in the first scene, Devlin is described as "Mr. Arrogant" and as a "stern-faced, hawk-nosed interrogator." One page later, he is gazing soulfully into Meadow's eyes and calling her his "darling" and his "wife". When I re-read pages to find what I missed, I discovered that I didn't miss anything - the transitions simply weren't there. Dodd's writing technique in this contemporary romance is a departure from her writing in her historical romances (of which I am a fan). Apparently, I will have to stick with her historical romances.

My other main problem with the book is that so much of it required a suspension of disbelief.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kylara on February 8, 2007
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Oh, the lost potential. Meadow Szarvas is looking for a particular painting, and while attempting to find and steal it, is caught by the house's owner, Devlin Fitzwilliam. She immediately claims to have no idea how she ended up there because, of course, she must have amnesia. In return, Devlin claims that she is his wife, leaving two lies that neither can reject without exposing his or her own.

The overall problem with this book is inconsistency. It tries to do too much and does none of them well. For instance, here's a list of major content: a granddaughter's revenge for her grandmother, an illegitimate son's battle for dominance and respect, a daughter's quest to earn money for her dying mother, a hunt for not just a missing painting, but one reportedly *never* even done, an evil crime lord out to kill any involved with said nonexistent painting, embezzlement, the grand opening of a hotel, small town intrigues, false adultery, manipulating in-laws, faked deaths, and glass-blowing. Of course, let's not forget the relationship between the main characters.

There was a plot somewhere, but it ran away screaming.

A crowded book can be forgiven, but it doesn't do any single thing correctly, most of all the characters. Meadow comes off as apparently very confident and clever... except her actions prove her to be an idiot. Her entrance into the book screams it - she tries to break into the mansion not having confirmed the painting's location? No wonder she gets caught. Additionally, she she never really asks Devlin for proof that they're married (which of course he can't give). Instead, he spins her erotic stories about a wedding in Majorca, which they use an excuse to paw each other. She isn't suspicious that he claims she's his wife?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre VINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
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I liked this story; it was a light, quick, fun read. But after I finished it I did give it a little more thought and realized that my overall impression of it was disappointment. Not in the characters themselves or in the plot, but with the undeveloped potential involving the secondary characters and their subplots that was allowed to languish. The behavioral inconsistencies of the main characters caused me to raise an eyebrow every now and then, but didn't bother me as much as finishing the book and wishing the author had taken the time to flesh out a lot of other interesting bits.

I don't know, perhaps it was due to contractual limits on the page number, but there was a lot in this book that could have been better developed that, I think, would have really made this a stand-out romance.

Ms. Dodd created a number of interesting secondary characters, but didn't take them that extra step. The voice of the book was basically that of either Meadow or Devlin, yet I would have really loved to have read more scenes from the secondary characters' points of view, more scenes rounding them out as characters in their own right because they seemed to be more than just stereotypes. There were more subplots than are usually found in a standard romance: Meadow's mother's battle with cancer, the embittered life of Bradley Benjamin, the wasted life of Four Benjamin, Grace Fitzwilliam's celebrity status and emotional distance, the business that Meadow apparently left to run itself, and Judith's insane desire for recognition. I think it would have really kicked this book up out of the ordinary if the story had more of a touch of the epic about it. The material was there to use, it just wasn't developed.

I don't usually mentally re-write books after I read them, but this was one that I did.
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