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Pretty Bad (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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This delicious creation centers around Madison Worth, a model who considers herself no better than just a pretty face. After many let downs and disappointments since childhood, Madison has a very low self esteem and has placed a wall of steel around her heart. One mishap, of tossing a cake into the face of the wrong person, and she is black listed in the modeling community. However, a job being the "face of cheese" has arisen and though Madison cringes at the thought of a dairy farm, she has no other choice. Upon which enters the oh so yummy and hard to resist temptation, known as Jack Pleeseman, the owner of the Cheese Pleese Company - and the one seeking to take the family business to a whole new level. Jack has also placed a steel cage around his heart for everyone, other than his family and his beloved daughter, whom he is seeking full custody, before she is wisked away to another country.
Throughout the story, there are many laughs and many heart warming moments. Will Madison and Jack ever learn to open up and trust their hearts or will Madison go back to the cold and distant world of modeling, leaving Jack behind to fight for his business on his own? This is a story of love, trust and self discovery. Reading it was like curling up in my favorite warm blanket, enveloping and comforting.
Along with this great storyline, there are, of course, the wonderful and yummy recipes. I love how the recipes, themselves, tie in with the upcoming chapters that follow immediately after. What more could one ask for - a perfect story with mouthwatering recipes?! I can't wait for Shirley's upcoming release in December - it is sure to be another winner!
Jump's final "romance with recipes" (say it ain't so - we want more) is such a joy to read that she manages to go out with a big bang. Loaded with mouth watering cheesy recipes (and hysterical preparation instructions), this one is guaranteed to pack on the pounds as well as the smiles. "Pretty Bad" is pretty darned good! Other books in the series (which serve dual functions as cook books) include "The Bride Wore Chocolate" (dessert), "The Devil Served Tortellini" (pasta), "The Angel Craved Lobster" (seafood), and "The Bachelor Preferred Pastry" (muffins and pastries).
So begins the story of the poor little rich model who has one more chance to prove herself before losing her job forever.
Unfortunately for slightly spoiled Madison, her agent sent her to the middle of nowhere--or it might as well be--a dairy farm in rural Massachusetts. Her new job is to be the spokesmodel for the Cheese Pleese Company. She's all set to quit and head back to New York, except her car broke down. Oh, and she meets the man in charge of the company, deliciously gorgeous Jack Pleeseman.
Madison tries to resist all of it: the wonderful cheese, the fresh country air, the quieter lifestyle, and the hunky boss. Gradually, she loses the New York-sized chip on her shoulder, begins to eat, and does a lot of thinking.
For his part, Jack is faced with local competition on the dairy front, dealing with a curmudgeonly father who resists change like it's mad cow disease, and a great-aunt who talks to Elvis as she works in the kitchen. Oh, and an ex-wife, too.
With plot twists and turns like a country road, with a cow here and a goat there, Madison must do some soul searching and figure out what she wants and what she needs, all before the wine
and cheese festival on Saturday!
This is Shirley Jump's fifth "romance with recipes." The recipes are all real, fully tested in Shirley's own kitchen, with instructions in her inimitable style.
Shirley Jump's romances are really delectable. I prefer her romantic comedies over so many others on the market.
Armchair Interviews says: Give them a try and I'm sure you, too, will find them difficult to put down.