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Red Wine for Breakfast Paperback – September 1, 2001
Terrific! You don't just read it, you LIVE it! Indeed, Raven West s RED WINE FOR BREAKFAST is redolent with that very essential, YOU ARE THERE atmosphere. Its synopsis "...In a business drowning in testosterone, Red Wine for Breakfast is the story of a strong, determined New Yorker who has to shake off the laid-back attitude of LA to overcome the challenges of an industry that threatens to turn her off and a man who only wants to turn her on..." is right on target. As a veteran of the newspaper business in particular and media in general, I enjoyed very much entering her heroine Jenny Reed's world, who is very much an emancipated, no nonsense woman who boldly fights for what she wants, and gives no quarter. Yes, Jenny is no falsely blushing flower of innocence. She grasps the bull of mediocrity by the horns, and turns it into what she wants. Red Wine for Breakfast is NOT a traditional Harlequin novel, but a tale very much in tune with the realities the NEW WOMAN has to deal with, and triumph over. Thumbs up, Ms. West! --Andromeda from Inverness, FL United States
Jenny Reed is a thirty-four year old New Yorker who hosts a morning radio show in California. Her career meant everything to her and she was angry to find out her boss, Brian, had hired his brother-in-law as her partner. Worse, her new partner, Johnny King, knew about the affair Jenny and Brian used to have. The tension shows even on radio waves and the station's rates soar! Things get tricky when drugs and murder cause a huge scandal at the station and the morning show, which is now called Red Wine for Breakfast, (and I refuse to tell why) is as shaky as the romance between the hosts. --email@example.com
This one is quite good. It's's easy to read, the author certainly knows her way around the radio biz, and the romance part isn't' too overwhelming for non-romance readers. Check this one out. --The Book Buffet at www.bookreview.com
About the Author
Raven West is the author of Red Wine for Breakfast, a behind the scene expose of Los Angeles radio, First Class Male, a romantic mystery involving a rural postmaster, a writer and a district attorney set in the majestic mountains of upstate New York and Undercover Reunion, a spy thriller for Baby Boomers, fans of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and anyone who has ever attended a high school reunion.
She also publishes Journey to Dimension Nine - Tales of Erotica under the pen name of FireBird.
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But the devil is in the details, and this book fell short in that area. A large number of typo and proofreading errors, each minor but in large numbers, were a problem. There were also issues of continuity and consistency. For example, two characters are sitting at the bar in the watering hole across from the radio station. Another character comes in the door and walks up to their table. How they moved from the bar to a table is unclear and doesn't fit what was happening.
Another example is that one character who had appeared to be sensitive and caring turned into a grade-A jerk. Although there had been a change in his situation, this was too drastic a change in too short a time to be credible.
At another point, there was talk of the Los Angeles radio market as if there were many larger markets, saying other station owners had tempted Jenny, "with bigger salary, bigger markets, better benefits." This struck me as strange at the time, thinking there couldn't be many "bigger markets" with which they could tempt her. It turns out, according to Arbitron, that New York is the only one.
Over the course of eighty thousand words, the little things added up to a big problem.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **