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The One and Only by Carole Mortimer
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Twenty-seven-year-old Joy Simms’s male cousin Casey enters a contest in a magazine to prove that they are a con and that no one ever wins them, and then wins First Prize! (First Prize includes spending a week in a luxurious hotel in London and going out on Valentine’s Day night with a popular male TV star for dinner and a show.) Casey tries to persuade Joy to go instead of him. Joy reluctantly agrees and goes to the hotel, pretends to be Casey (they naturally think contest winner Casey is a girl) and goes out with the popular TV star Danny Eames. During the date, which Joy is wishing was over (Danny ends up being a boring and conceited guy, only talking about himself and his career) a fellow actor of Danny’s shows up at their dinner table and wants an introduction to Joy. Joy is surprised to find out it is handsome actor Marcus Ballantyne who co-stars with Danny on the popular TV show “Pilgrim’s Game”. Marcus seems very interested in Joy and would like to spend more time with her. But as time goes by he also mistakenly believes she is married and is involved with many men.

Joy was sort of a feisty heroine. She was a librarian from a quiet, small hometown so this experience in London was something really different for her. Joy had been dating an older man for four years (who was in his late forties and also worked in the library) until six months ago when he dropped her for an older woman.

Marcus, in his late thirties, was a handsome, likable hero. His late actress-wife died five years ago when a stunt on an adventure film went wrong. Marcus had a happy marriage, but that was all in the past and he was very attracted to Joy… he seemed crazy about her.

This was a fun read with various mix-ups and misunderstandings. Another great read by Carole Mortimer! ( )
  SandraLynne | Jul 3, 2017 |
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A night spent in the arms of Marcus Ballantyne! It happened to Casey Simms- but not without the leading tv actor thinking she was a married woman with a string of lovers! In reality Joy was a provincial libarian who hadn't a night out since her boyfriend jitled her- how an earth had she landed herself in this mess? And how could she convince Marcus that she wasn't just another good-time girl hoping to be a notch on his bedpost, but that he was the one and only man she'd ever loved?
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