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Special of the Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Elaine Fox

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Life can be difficult when you're stunningly beautiful. For Roxanne Rayeaux, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, beauty had its costs. Not only did she have to worry constantly about how she looked, but she was considered stupid by strangers. She became romantically involved with a man who turned out to be married. So Roxanne pitched the world of diets and philanderers and moved her orange cat, Cheeto (the closest she could come to that forbidden food) to Virginia to open a restaurant. She went looking for some peace and tranquillity and instead inherited the restaurant's contentious, but sexy bartender, Steve Serrano. An average joe most of his life, Steve cannot deny Roxanne's obvious physical charms but thinks she is stuck up and pretentious -- not his type. Roxanne, suspicious of Steve's motives after a rash of break-ins occurs at the restaurant and a string of bad publicity appears in the local gossip column, cannot let her guard down around him. Besides he's not her type. If only they weren't so darned attracted to each other...

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who can resist a cat named "Cheeto" 11 Jan 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Former model Roxanne has relocated from the Big Apple to Arlington, Virginia to take ownership of a fledgling Cheers-like bar to transform it into a fancy French bistro. She has kept her former occupation a secret - after all what would an anorexic former model know about fattening French food, right? She retains most of the former staff, including charismatic bartender Steve, who's vocal about what he thinks of her idea, and the two clash from the start. Faster than you can spell "bouillabaisse" (and yes, I looked that up), Steve has Roxanne on her back and eventually in his heart. No one is more surprised than Steve that they've acted on this mutual attraction. But Steve's not just a bartender; he's also a historian, hoping to write the definitive biography of a distant relative of Thomas Jefferson. The restaurant is located in this relative's former home, and may possibly contain a draft of the Declaration of Independence somewhere in the house, a series of break-ins occur.

Passion, rivalry, communication breakdowns, and an ornery orange cat named Cheeto play a role in this rollicking romance where both protagonists allow misconceptions to cloud their judgment. Author Fox does a great job mixing humor with romance, and Roxanne and Steve have great chemistry - especially when they engage in practical jokes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Special 13 Jun 2006
By Just Passing Through - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Roxanne returns home to Alexandria, Virginia, from NYC w/ big plans to resurrect the neighborhood restaurant she has just bought and tranform it into an upscale French bistro, complete w/ top drawer chef and snooty maitre d'. The current staff are leery of the new owner and are pretty anxious about all the changes she has planned, but she quickly reassures them that she is willing to retrain them and offer them jobs at the new restaurant if it works out.

Steve is the smart, sexy guy who lives in one of the apartments above the restaurant. He's also the bartender, and he gets off to a bad start w/ Roxanne as both his neighbor and his boss. Despite these early problems and the possible complications that might ensue, Steve and Roxanne begin a somewhat secret, behind-the-scenes romance. Both are hold something back, tho, and have secrets that threaten the relationship.

In addition to the stress of opening a new restaurant and the sizzling new romance, Roxanne and Steve also encounter mysterious happenings at the restaurant and the possibility that a lost copy of the Declaration of Independence may be hidden in the historic building that was once the home to Thomas Jefferson's cousin. The whodunit aspect isn't especially deep or hard to figure out, but it's nevertheless well done and entertaining. This plotline is deftly woven into the story w/out any heavy-handedness--it enhances rather than distracts.

One of the big pluses in the book is Roxanne's feisty cat, Cheeto--so-named not only because of his orange color, but also as a reminder of Roxanne's favorite forbidden snack food. Cheeto plays a key role in several pivotal scenes and is intrumental in solving the mysterious goings-on at the restaurant--but not w/out causing some serious havoc of his own along the way.

Special of the Day is a light read, but a very enjoyable one. Roxanne and Steve are strong characters separately and have great chemistry together. In addition to a steamy sexual relationship, Ms. Fox also shows how a real, believable relationship develops between these two people. Put this book on your menu.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun contemporary romance 27 Feb 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Old Town Alexandria, New York transplant and former model and a recent CIA grad (Culinary Institute of America that is) Roxanne Rayeaux opens up a new restaurant Charters Fish House where she will also serve as the pastry chef. She leaves open the door to her new Virginia apartment so after knocking, her upstairs neighbor historian and bartender Steve Serrano enters to introduce himself to his new boss. Instead he frightens Roxanna and her cat Cheeto before she throws him out.

Steve works at the Charters Fish House to give him access to the restaurant as he is actually looking for a historical document that he thinks is somewhere on the premises of this old edifice. Roxanne meets the current workers of the failing restaurant and lays down her changes starting with organs to a disbelieving staff and puts Steve in his place when he tries to explain that before management ruined the place six months ago, it was a success. As he and his boss argue they fall in love while break-ins and other nasty activity occur as others seek what Steve wants (that is besides his employer). Steve also worries that Roxanne will end their relationship once she learns about his undercover sleuthing.

This is a fun contemporary romance starring two likable lead protagonists and a terrific support cast. The war of words between them is worth the price of admission as the two combatants battle with one another as much as each one wrestles with their growing attraction to each other. Elaine Fox provides a sly sweet tale of love in the kitchen and a few other places.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a hint of mystery 25 April 2005
By Shon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a cute and fun book. Easy reading, with great characters. This is the second book that I have read by this author. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and cute 4 May 2005
By Jennifer Banker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book by this author that I have read. I enjoyed her first book and I enjoyed this book. It is a light story, with comedy and a light mystery. The story runs smoothly and is easy to keep pace with. The book slowed down in a few parts, but it did not effect the story. This is a good, light read and I do recomend it.
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