522. REVIEW: Any Rich Man Will Do ~ Francis Ray ~

Title: Any Rich Man Will Do
Author: Francis Ray
Website of Author: http://www.francisray.com/
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Website of Publisher: http://www.stmartins.com/index.html
Genre: Romance /
Publication date: 2007
ISBN: 0312324316
Length: 262 pages
Format: Paperback






From the Invincible Women Series, national bestselling author, Francis Ray, brings you another entertaining, and emotional romance, Any Rich Man Will Do.

Torn between being destitute, or giving men what they want to live in the manner she had become accustomed to, Jana Franklin, turns to the elite, rich men for attention. Although not entirely to blame for harbouring such an unpleasant trait, Jana used men the only way she knew how - as her mother taught her. Now she is paying the price. Life for Jana is rough, and so is the seedy motel she is about to be evicted from. With no one to care for her, lots of enemies, and her health declining, Jana literally stumbles into Olivia Maxwell's linen shop, and collapses.

As luck would have it, Midnight Dreams is not any old chain store, and Olivia, the owner, can afford to assist poor Jana in regaining control of her life by offering her a place to live and a job. To her horror, Jana realises she was one step away from prostitution, and that she had her life all wrong. The men she thought she was taking advantage of were in fact using her for all they could get, not the other way round as her mother used to drum into her. Will Jana be able to cope with this newfound revelation?

Jana soon discovers she has a few new problems. At any time one of the men she has hurt, or an angry wife might walk into the shop and her hidden past will catch up with her. There is also someone else she needs to be cautious of. The one person that stands in her way from any future happiness - Olivia's brother, Tyler.

Suspicious of her motives, he watches over her with an untrusting eye, fully prepared to show her the door and force her to leave if she takes advantage of his sister.

Things get complicated, however, when Jana develops an attraction to Tyler; he too is beginning to soften. Despite this, proving herself to him is more work than she bargained for. Can she really become a changed woman, or will she resort to her old tricks again? It's much easier to take the easy route out, even if it means walking away from a man she has grown to love.

The characterisation in this book is amazing. Ms. Ray has a talent for relating profound, yet emotionally scarred characters wrought by persistent turmoil, and in a non-cumbersome way. Despite Jana's flaws, and not liking her character much at first, (the way the author wants you to, of course), I knew her struggle to improve herself would be tough. I've grown to expect nothing less from this gifted author. I thoroughly enjoyed digging deeper into Jana's difficult and unbalanced life; hoping and praying that as each layer of her personality was uncovered, she would soon be the unselfish person she yearned to be.

Ms. Ray churns out books like there's no tomorrow, and makes it look so easy. I found this to be one of the best of her African-American romance stories so far, and have no trouble in recommending this or any other of this author's books!


Sassy Brit
Alternative-Read.com



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