Why Is It That I'm Not Willing to Settle for a Sheep Like the Rest of My Friends Sheep sex aside, what's wrong with a man who puts family first, who maintains a steady job, has college funds set up for his kids and builds that nest egg for his retirement Member of the herd, never straying. Solid, dependable Sheep Guy. Why can't I love Sheep Guy
Suspense meets contemporary romantic comedy as Kauffman takes a detour from her usual historical romances (The Charm Stone) to follow a hip young alpha female in San Francisco. Tanzy Harrington writes a romance column for MainLine, "the hottest online magazine since Salon." In her column, "Tanzy Tells All," she asserts that "men can be put into two categories, wolves and sheep"; Tanzy is a fervent fan of "Wolf Sex" (practiced by single nonconformists) and determined to resist the cozy allure of "Sheep Sex" (for the marrieds), even though she's recently become "the Last Bridesmaid in a social circle filled with Till-Death-Do-Us-Parters." Her opinions set off a flurry of controversy and garner her one particularly obsessed cyberfan, SoulM8, who turns into a full-fledged stalker. Her rich great-aunt Millicent hires Riley Parrish to protect Tanzy while she house-sits at Millicent's estate during the Christmas holidays. Riley has all the outward markers of a stolid good provider, but he turns out to be the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. Can he tame Tanzy's wolfish heart Tanzy and Riley have lively, likable voices, but the stalker mystery subplot never really gathers steam, and neither do Tanzy and Riley's interminable presex dialogues (though Kauffman's sizzling love scenes are almost worth the wait). Kauffman's lack of attention to vital mystery action ingredients (there's not one car chase or image of Riley really pumping those fab abs) will dismay readers searching for a new Stephanie Plum. But for those dreaming of alpha males at poolside It might fit the bill. (June 3) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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May 27, 2003
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Excerpt from The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman
Tanzy waited in line, wondering for the umpteenth time how Sue had talked them into this. "A good cause," she muttered beneath her breath, thinking again that she could just as easily have written a check. And saved herself the embarrassment.
"What size?" the gentleman behind the counter asked her when it was finally her turn.
"Six-and-a-half, heel or sandal. Seven, flat or sneaker."
The guy merely looked at her. Apparently having a sense of humor was optional when being considered for a job at the Bay Area Bowl-O-Rama.
The man grabbed a pair of what had to be the most hideous shoes she'd ever seen and slid them across the counter. And she was going to pay him for the privilege of wearing those? She sent a silent apology to her feet. "I don't suppose you have something in a Jimmy Choo?" Again with the blank stare. "Never mind." She gingerly picked up the two-tone baby puke green and yellow leather lace-ups and scanned the lane monitors for her name. Charity event or no charity, Sue was going to owe them all big time for this little outing, she thought as she settled in their team's alcove.
She watched as other people began filling up the lanes and waited for the rest of the gang to show up. Dreading it almost as much as she dreaded the thought of bowling for dollars. She glanced at her watch. She still had time to run for it.
Then Rina swept in. Rina never did anything as pedestrian as walk, or even stroll. She swept. Tanzy stood and waved to her, then promptly tripped over the mile-long shoelaces. Needless to say, Tanzy wasn't a born sweeper.
Rina stepped down into their little seating area and pulled her into the one-armed almost-hug that didn't muss hair or makeup. "I'm back," she announced with her typical elan. "The world can resume rotating on its axis now."