Early Morning Help Request

It’s bright and early Monday morning, and I’ve got a big puzzle in my inbox. No that’s not a euphemism.

Chamama writes:

Dear Smart Bitches,

I can’t remember the name of the first romance novel I ever read, and I’d really like to go back, reread it and see how it holds up now… maybe you have read it and can help me out with the title?

It starred three sisters from the wrong side of the tracks, one of whom (the promiscuous one) up and died leaving her three (maybe it was two) children in the hands of her sisters to raise. Now one of the children’s father’s back in town(he’s the black sheep of a rich political family) to help his brother win a senatorial seat which has always been in the family. One sister falls in love with the kid’s father, despite working for Ethan (the one name I remember in the book!) who wants to bring down the whole rich political family, while the other, jail bait sister falls in love with the brother running for senate. Hijinx ensues, including getting stuck in an elavator as well as an ice cream social.

You wouldn’t by any chance know the title of this book?


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    rebyj says:

    it sounds familiar enough to be tickling my brain..

    sarah can you find out the approximate year she read it? and was it a harlequin or regular trade paperback?

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    Robin says:

    It sounds like it could be the plot of a Kathleen Gilles Seidel novel, but not one I’ve read, so I don’t know.  Some of the elements just sound like her stuff.

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    chamama says:

    I must have read it 10, 12 years ago. I don’t think it was a harlequin, but I could be wrong about that one. Other highlights that I can remember include a failed trip to the zoo, National Secretary Appreciation Day (or whatever it’s called, and a limo love scene. Also running throughout is the whole will-he-or-won’t-he-find-out-he’s-the-father-of-my-kid thing.

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    rebyj says:

    omg it sounds even MORE familiar and i’m thinking it was a harlequin super romance but i could be wrong.

    do you remember anything about the cover picture? LOL this is driving me nuts!!!

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    chamama says:

    Sorry- I can’t remember a thing about the cover. I think though that the hero found out he was the father at Chucky Cheese’s (or maybe that happened at the ice cream social?)I’ve been trying to recall the name of this book for years now, and it’s just not happening.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I have to say, this is the funniest mystery book plot ever. Secretary’s Day? Chuck E. Cheese?! WOW!

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    rebyj says:

    i’m LOL’ing cuz i’m pretty sure i’ve read it..
    i think there was something about her wearing a skirt to the zoo.. ? crap!! i’m still thinking..(but dont hold out much hope..my thinkin machine is kinda old and outdated)

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    maccharl says:

    I just finished reading this!  It’s “Wicked Games” by Barbara Boswell.  Not in my top ten favorites.

  9. 9
    rebyj says:

    thats it! i have read it! it was an ok read.

    heres the blurb from amazon.

    In Waysboro, the Ways hold money and power, while the Monroes hold little except for the contempt of the townsfolk. Ashlynne Monroe takes care of her late sister’s two daughters with the help of her other sister, Kendra. Ashlynne has tried for years to distance herself from the other Monroes and their notoriety. When Cord Way returns to town after six years to help with his brother Wyatt’s political campaign, he pursues Ashlynne despite her antagonism. Before Cord left town, he had dated Ashlynne’s late sister, and Ashlynne tries to keep him from discovering that the youngest of her nieces is his daughter. Meanwhile, Kendra is pursuing Wyatt with blackmail and seduction in mind. And behind the scenes of the political campaign and the personal maneuvering, enigmatic Ethan Thorpe plots the downfall of the Way family and anyone associated with them. Wicked Games will appeal to fans of Nora Roberts’ books.

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    chamama says:

    Wow!! Thank you so much for that! I can’t begin to tell you the ease of mind I now have knowing the title of that book. I think I’ll go to the library tomorrow, take it out and see how it holds up after years of romance reading.

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    dl says:

    This is an awesome site on sooooo many levels!!

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    nina armstrong says:

    The cover is pretty plain-at least on my copy which is a mass market paperback-it’s just blue lettering on a white cover. I really like it. It was Barbara Boswell’s first attempt to break out of category.

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