Silk, Lace and Videotape
With all the complaints about terrible titles for series romances, let’s praise this one. Silk, Lace & Videotape is one great title and it actually has something to do with the plot of the book. As for the book, it was okay, but not as memorable as its title. As there were elements I enjoyed and elements I didn’t, an average read is the phrase that sums this book up best.
Amanda Matthews is going to her boyfriend’s home to try and seduce him. She’s wearing nothing under her trench coat but sheer pink stockings, a sexy merry widow and pink stilettoes. Oh, and in the pocket of the trenchcoat, she has an amateur video of herself doing a striptease. When Amanda gets to the boyfriend’s home, she finds him in bed with another woman and about to be arrested for drug dealing. The detective who arrests him takes Amanda in for questioning.
Detective Duke Rawlings has seen Amanda in the papers. Her father, Clyde, is a well-known designer who likes to be seen and photographed with Goodfella types. He has not been implicated in any mob activity, but some of his business dealing are a getting a bit shady. Amanda’s boyfriend was one of Clyde’s fabric suppliers.
Amanda and Duke strike sparks right off the bat. When he takes a look at the video (it’s evidence) the sparks ignite for Duke big time and he begins to pursue Amanda. Though a bit skittish, she’s perfectly happy to be pursued. But there is the problem of her father and his mob connections, and several misunderstandings to get through before the happy ending.
I felt very much like an observer as I read the book because I don’t really know these kind of people. I am not a fashionista, I live in a small town, and I get itchy around glitz and glamour. But I found Duke and Amanda to be rather sweet. For someone who has grown up surrounded by the type of people Amanda has, she is fairly level-headed. Duke is also a nice guy, but nice as both of them are, they lack that special something that would make them memorable.
The plot moves along as though guided by a paint-by-numbers canvas. The characters meet, get to know one another, experience strong sexual attraction, make love, are involved in a misunderstanding followed by reconcilation, make love again, are involved in another misunderstanding, solve a mystery, then have their HEA. The writing is smooth and competent, but it lacks heart and passion. As a reader I noticed nothing wrong in particular, but nothing unique either.
Books like Silk, Lace & Videotape are the hardest kind of books to grade. Nothing wrong, but nothing special. This one was simply average with the exception of the great title, and I’ll leave it at that.