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The Lipstick Chronicles: Book One (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kathryn Shay , Fiona Kelly , Vivian Leiber
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reprint edition (31 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042521432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425214329
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,085,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The computer pinged loudly in the stillness of this offices of Allheart.com as Elyssa Wentworth, CEO and all-around mother to the outfit, booted up her machine. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe trying to be "Sex & the City"? 31 Mar 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I read ONE MORE romance where the author "name drops" about the women's footwear! Do other women really WANT to read about that? If so, sorry; I'm not one of 'em. Do more character development.
Anyway...I do enjoy the interaction between these friends and co-workers.
AllHeart.com is an internet greeting card company and even though it seems as though the characters' relationships are "sewn up" in the second one of these books, I hope for more on these characters, especially on Elyssa, Carole and Dana.
Elyssa is the owner of AllHeart and a real mover and shaker in the business world. She meets Joe, a venture capitalist, when she decides she wants to go to the next level by growing her business. They have great chemistry but are wary of one another. Kathryn Shay is the author of this story and the reason I bought this book. She can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned. I recommend those unfamiliar with her work to try out her firefighter books in addition to anything else she's written.
Alix was the graphic artist for AllHeart and I didn't care too much for her character or Marc, her love interest. He seemed like a player and she let him off too easily. Alix is cautious about getting involved with Marc because she has just broken up with her live-in lover and best friend who goes through an identity crisis, to say the least. But I won't give it away.
Besides Elyssa, Carole is my very favorite character in this book. She, too, has trust issues. The main one she distrusts is herself and her own instincts, after she hangs on way too long with her marriage to a guy who's a member of a rock band and a general ne'er do well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way too Repetitive 20 Dec 2004
By K. DiBella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This story chronicled the romances of 4 office friends/coworkers. Although I can honestly say I enjoyed the first short story, the otehr three seemed to be all the same. The writers, didn't have unique ideas for each character, and thus by the last short story I found myself putting the book down and not wanting to finish it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars same story 4 times 25 Oct 2004
By Michele P. Fallon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first story was not so bad, but being that there are 4 different authors, you would think that the 4 stories would each be a little bit different. Here is the recap - 4 independent business women, all of which have a dating handicap for one reason or another, meet the men of their dreams within the first few pages of each story. The man changes how they feel about men and then they live happily ever after. BORING!! Not to mention the constant references to designer duds such as Manolos, Hermes, etc. just doesn't bring any value to this book. It worked for Sex and the City because Sarah Jessica Parker is a style icon. This book is a whole lotta "been there done that" and is not worth the time it took to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great start, but didn't hold my interest... 16 Aug 2004
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked the premise of this book. It promised an interesting mix of chick-lit, romance and some very light erotica. The Lipstick Chronicles is a fun book with four stories about four friends and colleagues who meet the loves of their lives in unexpected ways. I liked the first story about an independent CEO and the handsome investor who steals her heart. This book was fun to read at first, but it became tiresome after the third story. The stories were too similar and the characters became tedious after a while. Each story is written by a different author, but there isn't a single thing that differentiates the writers -- it's almost as though one person wrote them. I guess what I'm trying to say is that The Lipstick Chronicles had a good premise, but it didn't hold my interest for long. It just didn't do it for me...
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book was way too predictable 15 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I felt that this book was way too predictable and boring. It lacked an exciting plotline and the scenes were way too short to capture my attention. I brought it on vacation and had to buy another book because I couldn't get through it. It would've been much better if the romance between these couples was more built up. The dialogue did not really hold my attention either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars warm collaborative tale of friendship and love 6 Nov 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anyone who knows Elyssa Wentworth believes her significant other is her company, Allheart.com an online greeting service. Potential investor Joe Monteigne of Highwire Industries wants to put capital into her firm because he sees possibilities, but Elyssa wonders if her attraction to Joe distorts her opinion.
Elyssa's young personal assistant Robyn Barrett is struggling to get to work on the new ideas but her productivity has dropped. She is attracted to Steven Rood , a pianist she met at a club. She wants him, but she wonders if he can take her seriously as everyone knows she is a flit.
Saleswoman Carole Titus is quite good at bringing in business to Allheart, but has no faith in men after years with her ex. That is until she is rescued by senate staffer Mitch Evans who is on a delayed flight. They are attracted to one another though she frets over being almost a decade older than him.
Alix Harris is the only one with no male troubles as she lives with a stud and is as kind a person as anyone can be. However, Alix's perfect world of delicious breakfasts and weekend treks, etc. ends when she learns that her roommate is gay. However there is Marc Preston to consider.
The four novellas are actually one collaborative novel that has plenty of camaraderie and romance lighting up the DC skies. The four "tales" plus that of a fifth female employee that runs through each segment are a delight for romance readers. The authors insure each woman never loses their basic personality established relatively early. Thus the audience receives a warm tale of friendship and love.
Harriet Klausner
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