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To die for
George, Melanie.
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New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., [2002]

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350 pages ; 18 cm
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Abby St James knows all about trouble, thanks to her twin sister Michaela, whose unnofficial nickname in New York society is the Black Widow. Someone who wants to hurt Michaela has begun to call and with each chilling threat, Abby wonders if she'll be the one to take her sister's punishment.

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Booklist Review

A slick and profitable magazine is left by its owner to one of his adult twin daughters. Micky has led a wild and promiscuous life, while Abby has been living with her mother in a small rural town. The gorgeous editor, Stefan, falls for Abby, then is bewildered because he thinks she's Micky. Stefan's sister committed suicide after she was raped, so he is well equipped to cope with Abby's fear of men after a near-rape, although their love is sorely tested by her deception about her identity, the illness she believes is fatal, and the violent revenge of one of Micky's spurned lovers. These events do, however, bring the sisters back together and make Abby realize that she can have a life with Stefan. The plot is a bit jerky and implausible, but George has a knack for making readers root for her protagonists, and the sex scenes are wonderfully detailed. George is off to a good start in her bid to specialize in dark, gritty romances. Mary K. Chelton

Publisher's Weekly Review

The newest contemporary romantic suspense from George (The Mating Game) has everything her fans have come to expect: searing sex scenes, lively prose and a virginal heroine. This time, however, the author laces her tale with dark characters, gutsy language and an overdose of melodrama. The action starts when naive Abby St. James steps into the shoes of her wild and worldly twin sister, Michaela, in an effort to run Bastion, their deceased father's glossy men's magazine. Since Michaela had been running Bastion for the past several months, Abby didn't expect to inherit it and hasn't a clue how to run it, but she figures that posing as Michaela while her twin vacations in France will buy her time to learn the ropes. Pretending to be Michaela has a definite downside. The magazine's darkly handsome publisher, Stefan Massari, hates her; the staff treats her with blatant disrespect; and someone in the building across from her is threatening her with horrific sex acts. True to the romance genre, Stefan is drawn to Abby, whom he believes is Michaela, for reasons he (and the reader) can't fathom. An uneasy history of sexual abuse in both Stefan and Abby's past, plus Abby's life-threatening illness, take the story over the edge for a groaningly melodramatic finish. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved