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Strapless (Red Dress Ink) [Paperback]

Leigh Riker

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16 May 2003 Red Dress Ink (Book 8)
Sent to Australia to open a lingerie store, Darcie Baxter has a passionate affair with a sheep rancher before returning to New York. After a few months and many eye-opening events, Darcie returns Down Under to reconcile with Dylan, who has been desperate to make their newfound relationship work.

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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books; 1 edition (16 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250189
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great modern romance to indulge in! 9 Aug 2002
By CoffeeGurl - Published on
Having read all of the books Red Drink Ink has published thus far, Strapless is the one that is closest to being a standard romance novel. While the other RDI novels concentrate more on dating in the big city while climbing the coorporate ladder, Strapless is a classic romance novel disguised as contemporary chick lit.
Working for Whunderthings, a Victoria's Secret-like lingerie shop, New Yorker Darcey Elizabeth Daxter has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: she is now in charge of opening the store in Australia. Having had her heart broken in New York, she has nothing but work on her mind. But no sooner does she arrive in Australia than she meets Dylan -- a gorgeous Aussie sheep farmer. He is sexy, incredible in bed, and totally wrong for her. While Darcey's career is the main focus in her life, Dylan's dream is to have a housewife to have babies with. Should Darcey give up her career and life in the city, or should she follow her heart?
While there are various aspects of Bridget Jones-type of modern chick literature in this novel, the description and overall style of writing screams contemporary romance a la Danielle Steel. Still, this is a novel worth reading, and another great read from Red Dress Ink. I recommend it.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best RDI book... 7 July 2003
By Dianna Setterfield - Published on
I've been religiously reading the Red Dress Ink series and have been pretty satisfied...until now. Strapless is a whole different type, in disguise as chick lit, but really it's just another Harlequin bodice ripper with a snazzy cover. Definitely on the bottom of the pile for me.
Strapless tells the story of almost-30 Darcie Baxter, who lives with her grandmother and evil cat, works at a popular lingerie company, Wunderthings, and spends every Monday evening having a meaningless rendezvous with Merrick Lowell in a Hyatt hotel room. Darcie also spends a lot of time trying to avert the snooping co-worker, Greta, in an effort to win a promotion. And once she does, Darcie is sent off to Australia to scout locations for Wunderthings's new store. But Darcie does more than that -- she meets Dylan Rafferty, Aussie sheepherder, and falls head over heels, despite the fact that he is stuck in a time warp when it comes to women.
As for the story, I didn't hate it, but it was disappointing as far as what I've come to expect from Red Dress Ink. I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes at the hokey dialogue, especially from the 82-year-old grandmother and her overexhausted libido. As for the writing talent of Leigh Riker, I'm not going to complain about it. It was perfectly fine for the genre that she specializes in -- strictly romance -- it just did not have a place in the chick lit field. If she had developed the characters a little better, making us, the audience, care about them PRIOR to them jumping into bed together, then I think this reading experience would have been much more enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb femme down under 2 Dec 2003
By Shelly - Published on
I love most of RDI books. But how they ever let this one get published is beyond me. In fact it was so bad I just skiped to the ending. Strapless is the story of Darice who lives with her super honry grannie. She works for Wonderthings a cheap Victoria Secrets. She sets off to Australia to open the new branch of Wonderthings. This is where the down hill slope begins. She sleep with the first man she see. Dylan an annoying guy who is still living in a Donna Reid time warp. Most of the book is about her mooning over Dylan and tons of sex and her eww horny grannie. This is just bad for women everywhere. Chick lit is meant to be empowering not stupid.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definately NOT a female feel good book 9 Sep 2003
By Mandy Prater - Published on
I simply did not like this book. I have read many RDI books, as well as a ton of chic-lit. I just didn't relate to her. What woman of this generation falls for a man that wants her barefoot and preggers? I was almost screaming at the book at the end. I thought Chic-lit was about career-minded females. And all the storylines? What is that? It seems Riker took storylines for different books and tried to make them one. Just didn't make sense. Sister, Mom, Grandmother, Affair, Dylan, Guy in apartment, Work, co-coworker, Friend with baby. TOO MANY characters with no development. However, I still can't get over the whole "how sexy to be pregnant and lactating". Ew.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Twist for RDI 14 July 2003
By J. L. Ennis - Published on
Many reviews of this novel center around the fact that RDI has drifted from its usual straight, chick-lit genre. However, I find this to be the very reason that Strapless is a winner. While keeping with the desire to remain an independent woman, Darcie struggles with wanting to be loved by a man who will accept her for who she is. What woman doesn't want this in life?
I feel that this edition to Red Dress Ink is one of the most powerful in the series. It was certainly my favorite and I think that readers need to take time to step back and accept the fact that change is a good thing. This novel may not be conventional RDI, but it is valuable with its lessons that are lurking just below the surface. You just have to look for them and keep an open mind, as with anything else in life!
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