Two Week Turnaround
Sometimes a short, fun story is just the ticket. Geneva Lee’s Two Week Turnaround has just the right amount of humor, angst, and sexiness to make for a perfect afternoon read. Given the source of the conflict between the leads, I felt like a little more making of amends was in order, but otherwise, I really liked this one.
Sofia King, daughter of a powerful studio head, had made a name for herself in Hollywood by taking on strung-out stars and turning their lives around for them. As the story opens, Lee throws readers right into the heart of the action, mid-makeover with Sofia. We quickly figure out that Sofia has a passion for her work. And as soon as she gets a phone call from Daddy Dearest, readers start getting a little window into Sofia’s frankly dysfunctional family relationship.
However, mixed into all the dysfunction is some genuine affection, loyalty, and perhaps more than a smidgen of guilt and obligation. And so Sofia finds herself having to take on the rehab of the one star she never wanted to deal with again – Isaac Blue. Isaac was Sofia’s first love, and he’s currently both a big-time action star and her father’s latest disaster. In order to keep Isaac’s drunken debauchery from shutting down the picture into which her father has poured millions, Sofia has to get Isaac’s life functional again.
Even though I believed in Sofia’s lack of enthusiasm for her latest client, the chemistry between these two pops from the moment they meet. In fact, things move from business-only to flirtation very quickly. In many books this would not have worked for me, but everything is written so that it seems to flow naturally. The leads’ past romantic history probably helps here as well. Given how rapidly these two jump into bed together, I initially found myself wondering, “What in the world is this woman thinking? She’s risking her whole business doing something like this!” And yet, in an odd way, these two seemed to click together so well, that I found myself cheering for their relationship more than rolling my eyes over the business ethics issues. Again, I take this as a good author being able to make me want to believe in a storyline that normally wouldn’t work for me.
While this story (a long novella really) focuses quite tightly on Sofia and Isaac, the author throws in just enough backstory to make their world have a bit of texture to it. The lead couple is sexy and funny together, but the emotional world in which they operate has some bite to it as well.
My one big beef with this story? Well, there is a reason Sofia and Isaac got torn apart years ago, and eventually it all comes roaring back at them. Given the magnitude of what happened, I needed a certain level of acknowledgement, apology, something along that line. Everything gets sorted out a little too easily for me and while it annoyed me, I still found Two Week Turnaround lots of fun.