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Junior Assistant Attorney Stacee Pockett, two “Es” and two “Ts”, loves her job and loves working for Greta Gable. But when given a job opportunity to get eight signatures from eight very different people, she finds she isn’t able to keep the decorum that Greta insinuated.
Evie, Stacee’s college friend and also co-worker, usually sets her up in a direction she doesn’t plan to travel down. First, it was a tattoo in college, then the morning her job turns around Evie’s conversation ends Stacee in Greta’s office. Stacee later finds out Evie set her up as a prize for test answers.
At the end Stacee meets a young man who understands her “marriage” to her job, as he is just as dedicated to his line of work, and a beautiful new dress.
A few pages in, the novel recalls “50 Shades of Grey” — complete with a young, naive protagonist, Stacee Pockett, and her BFF, Evie, and an unlikely series of explicit sex scenarios. Unlike the unsure Anastasia Steele, the confident Stacee Pockett eagerly engages in bizarre sex-capades with a purpose in mind and “a perpetual state of cheerfulness and positivity.” Actually, Pockett’s cheerleader persona grated my nerves. I got it. She is forever happy.
Unfortunately, though, I could not totally embrace Stacee Pockett — an underdeveloped protagonist. Early on, we are told she is smart, graduated at the top of her class and is a junior associate at a top law firm. She is so good at her job she is going to turn things around and upside down for the “big case.” But we must travel several chapters before learning a bit more about her background and why she is so skilled at wrestling with grown men.
“The Signatures” did not change my distaste for the genre. I cringe at the message the novel sends to women, particularly young women, about using sex as a means to an end. Can only stereotypical voluptuous young women donning glasses and a perpetual smile complete the task at hand? What if Stacee Pockett was as flat as a spatula?
What I greatly enjoyed is the author’s comedic timing, commentary and action. I laughed out loud several times — especially when the strange bedfellows kept adjusting her glasses. The ridiculous awkward moments kept me turning the pages — not the overdone, for-the-sake-of-eroticism, smack-you-in-your face sex. Much more comedy and character development, please, and less “frenetic thrusts.”
Lastly, like other authors before her, Molly Haven would not let go and end the story.
Much of the last chapter: Corny and unnecessary.
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Stacee Pockett is a plucky, perky junior attorney at a large law firm. It's her dream job, working for her dream boss.Read more