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Chances are
Delinsky, Barbara.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
325 pages ; 23 cm
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Liz Jerome is an expert at public relations. Well, at least in business. When she is hired to do some damage control for a company owned by Donovan Grant, the dividing line between professional and personal suddenly disappears. Donovan catches her off guard with his subtle come-ons and his humorous teasing. But being his playmate isn't on Liz's agenda. She is determined to block his every move, to resist the sweet confusion he arouses in her. Donovan threatens her safe, isolated world ... making her want things she can never have.

Author Notes

Barbara Delinsky was born on August 9, 1945 in suburban Boston. She received a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College. After graduate school, she worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After her first child was born, she worked as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald.

She has written more than 60 novels including Shades of Grace, Coast Road, While My Sister Sleeps and Not My Daughter. Some of her novels have been made into television movies including Three Wishes starring Valerie Bertinelli and A Woman's Place starring Lorraine Bracco. She wrote the nonfiction book Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. She has also written under the pen names Bonnie Drake and Billie Douglass.

Barbara's novels, Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography) Barbara Delinsky lives in Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Since the 1980s, Barbara Delinsky has published more than sixty novels including, most recently, "The Vineyard", "Lake News", "Coast Road", "Three Wishes", "More Than Friends", & "Suddenly". Published in seventeen languages worldwide, her books regularly appear on "The New York Times", "The Wall Street Journal", "The Washington Post", "The Boston Globe", & "Publishers Weekly" bestseller lists. Born & raised in suburban Boston, Delinsky lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Barbara Delinsky has a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College. Her bestselling novels include "Coast Road", which featured a heroine who was a breast cancer survivor. She serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Women's Cancer Visiting Committee.

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Booklist Review

It is always interesting to read the earlier work of a currently popular author. Many of Delinsky's trademark skills are on display in this now-vintage love story, including a smart, multilayered heroine and serious, realistic family issues. Liz Jerome is determined not to let charismatic Donovan Grant woo her while they work on the public relations challenge facing his companies. Donovan is not used to anyone saying no, and is intrigued enough to pursue her more directly. Liz is attracted to him but tries to keep their relationship professional. Her brother flies across country for her help with a tricky legal problem, and Donovan begins to realize that Liz is hiding some complicated troubles. Donovan becomes relentless in forcing Liz to face her demons so they can have a future together. Liz's strong professional abilities and her growing strength help make her appealing. Donovan's approach to the workplace embodies the novel's 1980s setting, but Liz's family issues are still relevant today.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

New York City publicist Liz Jerome is happy with her successful career and her friendships, and she feels she is finally in control of her life. When she is assigned to handle a tough public relations issue for Donovan Grant's company, however, she starts to feel that control slip away. Donovan has no qualms about blurring the line between professional and personal, and he makes it clear he'll stop at nothing in pursuit of Liz. Verdict What may have seemed like attractive male sexual dominance upon the book's original 1985 release now reads more like cringe-worthy workplace harassment and sexual assault. While Breeda Kelly Miller reads the text with ample nuance and feeling, there are plenty of newer, better romance titles that will leave readers feeling much more satisfied.-Amy Koester, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist, Wentzville, MO (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.