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Putney, Mary Jo.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, 2002.
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358 pages ; 18 cm
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Raine Marlowe has finally convinced her soon-to-be ex-husband to star in her directorial debut-but he fears that his character's dark secrets may be dangerously close to his own...
Mary Jo Putney never fails to deliver a winning story with heartwarming characters. She is a pleasure to read...always. (Literary Times)
Putney's writing is clear as crystal and smooth as silk. (Booklist)

Author Notes

Romance writer Mary Jo Putney was born in New York and graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in English literature and Industrial design. She served as the art editor of The New Internationalist magazine in London and worked as a designer in California before settling in Baltimore, Maryland in 1980 to run her own freelance graphic design business Her first novel was a traditional Regency romance, which sold in one week. Signet liked the novel so much that it offered Putney a three-book contract. In 1987 that first novel, The Diabolical Baron, was published. Since then, she has published more than twenty-nine books. Her books have been ranked on the national bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Most of her books have been historical romance. She has also begun writing fantasy romance and romantic fantasy. Putney has won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice, for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and has been a RITA finalist nine times. She is on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll for bestselling authors, and has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards and four Golden Leaf Awards. Her titles include: Dark Mirror, Dark Passage, No Longer a Gentleman, Never Less than a Lady, and Nowhere Near Respectable.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Bravo! Putney proves she's every bit as good writing contemporary romance as she is with historicals. Film idol Kenzie Scott is so taken with actress Raine Marlowe he agrees to star in a remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel if she is cast as the female lead. After the filming they impulsively marry; then, four years later in the midst of divorcing, Raine persuades Kenzie to star in a movie she has written and will direct. At the last minute she is forced to play opposite Kenzie, and the angst-filled drama brings them together even as it rips emotions from the depths of their souls. They both had childhoods so painful that neither ever confided in the other, but when a cataclysmic revelation by a tabloid reporter threatens Kenzie's sanity and shakes both of them to their cores, they finally share the hurt with which they've been plagued. Putney's superb storytelling skills and complex and evocative characters make for an unforgettable story. --Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

The shooting of a film forces a divorcing couple to confront their conflicts in historical author Putney's second contemporary romance (following The Burning Point). Actress Raine Marlowe needs her estranged husband, action hero Kenzie Scott, to star in her directorial debut in order to secure financing. Although he never believed he could sustain a marriage, he still loves Raine and agrees without reading the script. Too late, Kenzie discovers that his role touches on his darkest secrets, and that playing it may tear apart his fragile emotional stability. Raine, too, has unresolved issues from a troubled childhood, and her directorial challenges are further complicated when her leading actress bows out at the last moment. The couple's fire and ice relationship is put to the test when she takes over the costarring role. Meanwhile, a vicious tabloid reporter launches a public campaign to uncover the past Kenzie has gone to great lengths to conceal. Putney handles her potentially melodramatic material with emotional honesty and insight while maintaining the taut romantic tension between her richly developed, complicated protagonists. Although many of the plot developments are predictable, including a denouement that borders on the saccharine, readers caught up in the spiraling developments won't mind. (Jan. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved