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Bombshell [Paperback]

Lynda Curnyn
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May 1 2004 Red Dress Ink (Numbered Paperback) (Book 33)
There should be a four-letter word for beauty.

She has more shoes than Sarah Jessica Parker and a skin-care system that could make Madonna swoon, but unlike her celebrity counterparts, Grace Noonan doesn't have it all. Her latest utterly-eligible-yet-maddeningly-unavailable boyfriend has revealed that having sex with her is one thing and having babies quite another, forcing Grace to move on -- again. And now that her employer -- a top cosmetics company once devoted to "beauty beyond thirty" -- is pursuing a teenaged supermodel as its future face, this thirty-four-year-old marketing exec is starting to wonder if she is going to get it all before the closing credits. Could it be time for Grace to back out of the beauty race and trade the singles scene for the sperm bank? Or is there something even this savvy bombshell has yet to discover about life and love in New York City?

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Readers may remember Grace Noonan from Curnyn's previous novel, Engaging Men (2003), as the fun, feisty friend of heroine Angie DiFranco. Angie has her man now, but Grace is still looking or, rather, holding any man who might get close to her at arm's length. She dumps Ethan when he reacts with horror at the idea that he may have gotten her pregnant. Things aren't any better at work: the cosmetics company she works for has decided to market a new line to the teen set, and her ex-boyfriend Michael, the son of the company's founder, is back in town with a new fiancee on his arm, who just happens to be the woman heading up the project. When her period comes late and Grace believes she may indeed be pregnant, she finds herself excited rather than frightened by the possibility. Curnyn's novels keep getting better; readers will love following tough, sophisticated Grace on her quest for love and family. Kristine Huntley
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4.0 out of 5 stars More substantial than it seems! May 17 2004
Red Dress Ink has released some rather bland novels as of late, but I enjoyed Lynda Curnyn's first two novels and I couldn't wait to pick up Bombshell. Bombshell isn't as breezy as the back cover of the book makes it out to be; the plot and characters are wonderful and compelling.
Grace Noonan is a blonde, bodacious, glamorous fashionista who works at a successful cosmetics company. However, beneath her glossy exterior lies a woman with much insecurity. Not only does her latest boyfriend turn out to be another Mr. Wrong, but her quest to find answers to her painful past proves difficult. Grace wants to fill the empty void inside of her. Is having a baby the solution to her problems? There are various interesting twists throughout the novel.
It was nice to get a clearer picture of the friend of Engaging Men's Angie DiFranco. Grace was somewhat elusive in the aforementioned book, but now the reader gets to know her in a deep level. And I'm surprised to see that this character isn't just another shopaholic, cosmopolitan-drinking city girl with dating dilemmas -- her issues are far more substantial than that. I love this novel; it reminds me of the great books that RDI released last year. The only thing that I don't like about Bombshell is Angie. I don't remember her being so whiny and neurotic in Engaging Men. Other than that, this is a great novel. Chick-lit with soul. Highly recommended...
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4.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted romantic romp April 29 2004
Thirty four years old Grace Noonan is having sex with her lover when his condom breaks inside her. While she calmly considers her options if pregnant, he blithely demand she go out and buy that French pill. Grace ends their relationship as she thinks "alone again, naturally".
At work as production manager at Roxanne Dubrow cosmetics for mature women, Grace learns that the company is taking a major turn to sponsor the Roxy D line for teens. Feeling a bit (make that a lot) too old for a teen campaign, Grace still dives full throttle into the project, which brings her to Jonathan Somerfield also working the change in direction. Besides their fathers being friends at Columbia, Grace feels attracted to Jonathan, who cannot believe this amazingly beautiful thirty something is so much more mature than the picture of her at sixteen that his father has. Still with business and sires to overcome, can Grace and Jonathan find a mutual path to happiness?
BOMBSHELL is an entertaining contemporary romance starring two likable lead characters. Grace is a terrific female trying to make it in a very competitive world in which anyone over thirty is considered geriatric at best and a DOP (politically correct dirty old person) at worst. Jonathan is a solid male counterpoint to Grace especially after the shortcomings (not that silly) of her previous lover. Fans of a lighthearted romantic romp will enjoy the cosmetics war between the generations.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bombshell has it all May 16 2004
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Bombshell has reaffirmed my faith in Red Dress Ink. Their 2004 offerings have ranged from mediocre to tremendously awful, but Bombshell is not great just by comparison. It's great, period.
As a heroine, Grace is believable and tangible. Her problems are real, and the way she deals with them is refreshing. There are no pat solutions, though there is a happy ending.
I particularly enjoyed the romance that blossoms in the book. Though the characters have baggage, it is well-written and defies predictability, which, in this genre, is difficult to do.
Lynda Curnyn, whose previous two novels I had not particularly enjoyed, is really on to something here. RDI, are you listening? This is the kind of book you should be publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Can't all RDI books be like Bombshell? June 24 2004
I just don't understand why all Red Dress Ink Book be like "Bombshell" Good! This was the first book that I read from Lynda Curnyn and I really liked it.
At thirty-four Grace Noonan is still looking for Mr. Right and if that was not enough to deal with there have been a major sake up at cosmetic company that she works at. Instead the over-forty market that have been there bread and butter, they are going after the under twenty set.
This was a great book that left the reader with hope for not only Grace but themshelves. I just hope that all RDI Books are as good as "Bombshell" and those early year bad reads are done with.
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