No, I did not make a mistake in the page count for Hello Gorgeous It has 195 pages, and a few teasers for other Brava books. And it is $14.00. For that amount, I could have bought three Silhouette Desire titles and had a bit of change left over. If you’ve read any of MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead books, you know what to expect. This one has a shallow but likable heroine, her mixed race best friend, and a smoldering hero. Instead of a vampire plot, though, this time it’s an SF plot. It’s told at a breakneck pace – with lots of funny lines – and I finished it in less than two hours.
One evening while Caitlyn James and some of her old sorority sisters are partying in the back of a limo, it is hit by a drunken driver. Caitlyn is killed, but a super secret organization called the Office of Scientific Findings brings her back to life by treating her with nanobytes (I believe the correct term is nanobots). Anyway if you remember the old television show The Bionic Woman, that’s what Caitlyn is like now – super-strong, invincible, but unable to get drunk (darn!).
The boss of the OSF, known as The Boss, wants Caitlyn to become an assassin for them. She says no. He sends some goons to persuade her. She beats them up. But finally she agrees to do one mission for them. Her mission is to terminate a hacker who has been littering the Net with viruses. When Caitlyn meets her quarry, he’s an eighteen year old virgin with the most beautiful blue eyes. Terminate him – no way! A quick half minute later and his virginity is a thing of the past and so are his virus writing days. Party on, dude!
Then someone starts killing the scientists who created the project that gave Caitlyn her powers. So The Boss sends Caitlyn out to find him. She finds another person with super powers named Dimitri Novatur aka The Wolf; he thinks she’s the killer, and he thinks she’s the killer. They fall in love and together set out to find the real killer.
The plot (such as it is) zooms along at the speed of light. Does it hang together? No. Does it make sense? No. Did I care? Not really. Hello Gorgeous was so very short that it was over before I could start saying, “Hey wait a minute, that’s not……”!
Caitlyn is about as shallow as can be, but darned if she isn’t likable. I couldn’t quite figure out how she was supposed to be an honor student in college and a successful businesswoman since my impression was that she was not all that bright, but this is MaryJanice Davidson world and our rules do not apply here.
Dimitri doesn’t show up until late in the book. He’s courtly, charming, a bit old fashioned, and I liked him, what there was of him. For the hero of the book, he wasn’t a very prominent character. I never could figure out what he saw in Caitlyn. Yes she is likable, but she’s so hyperactive, talkative and silly, she’d wear a normal person out. Brava fans who buy this book expecting some hot, hot sex will probably feel cheated since the sex here is only warmish.
If you love MaryJanice Davidson’s distinctive voice and don’t mind paying fourteen dollars for a book shorter than an average Silhouette Desire title, you’ll want this book now. It is funny, very, very funny and I laughed on almost every page. But, given how fast I read this, I think I’ll wait for the mass market paperback edition next time.