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Loose screws
Templeton, Karen.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ont. : Red Dress Ink, 2002.
Physical Description:
331 pages ; 21 cm
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Ginger Petrocelli didn't expect to be sitting in her tiny one-room apartment guzzling a hundred-dollar bottle of champagne. Not only did her fianc stand her up at the altar, but she's being questioned by a police detective as to his whereabouts. To top it off, the police detective also happens to be Ginger's first love.

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Booklist Review

Ginger Petrocelli figures things can'st get any worse after her fiance, Greg, fails to show up for their wedding. But she's wrong: within a matter of weeks, her boss is murdered and she loses her job at the design firm as a result, and the person she is subletting her apartment from decides to move back to New York, leaving Ginger homeless. The reappearance of Nick, the man she lost her virginity to, only complicates matters. Ginger manages to find a new job and a new apartment, but the new job is far from satisfying, and a fire at her apartment building forces her to do what she's always dreaded: move back home with her mother and her grandmother. Ginger is fighting her growing attraction to Nick, but she's falling for him hard, at least until Greg shows up, full of apologies and wanting a second chance. An inventive and consistently surprising plot as well as a smart and likable heroine set this romance apart from the pack. --Kristine Huntley

Publisher's Weekly Review

Loose Screws is the latest from veteran romance novelist Karen Templeton (Plain-Jane Princess). When Ginger Petrocelli's groom-to-be doesn't show up for their wedding, it's just the beginning of her problems. Her boss is murdered and the business goes under with him, leaving Ginger out of a job; the woman she sublets an apartment from decides she wants it back. A fire in her new building forces a reluctant Ginger to move in with her good-hearted but taxing mother, Nedra, and batty grandmother Nonna. Despite all this, Ginger somehow manages to keep from cracking up, with the help of her cousin Shelby, good friend Terrie, and Nick, a handsome cop with whom she had a fling years ago. The novel bustles with characters and surprises, including one very unexpected pregnancy. The chummy, conversational tone ("don't look at me like that, I give to charity, jeez") can be grating at times, but overall, it's hard not to hope that things in Ginger's screwy world turn out for the best. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved