Monday, January 18, 2010

Review: Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine and a Giveaway!

Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Forever (January 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446618594
ISBN-13: 978-0446618595
Book Summary:
Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her perfectly manicured hands on the Clayworth family's celebrated couture collection for her exhibit. So when she's called in to make sure the gowns are the real deal, she's ecstatic...until a dress she's examining turns out to be loaded with toxins (talk about killer threads!) and Athena faints, only to wake up face-to-face with the One That Got Away, notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.
Drew still believes Athena betrayed him all those years ago, and he's sure he can't trust her. But when the priceless gowns go missing, she offers to help track them down. Reluctantly allied in the quest, Drew and Athena are soon stunned by the barely restrained passion still sizzling between them...and memories both bitter and sweet. Is their new partnership just a business arrangement? Or is this something more than...
My Review:
I'll start off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What made it even more interesting for me is that this fictional romance got it's inspiration from a true-life debacle! Ms. Bodine's story was quick to pull you in and keep you reading.
I enjoyed the fact that the character's back story was worked into the throughout the story instead of thrown at me all together in the beginning of the book. It kept me guessing as to Athena and Drew's past and what exactly happened between them.
It was a great tale about Chicago's finest and a look into the life of the (fictional) rich and famous. You were able to picture the elegance and beauty of the clothes through the vivid descriptions, and if you love vintage clothing you'll probably enjoy this book.
The ending was perfect, and I definitely want to read further with the Smith sister's and the Clayworth men's futures. I have a feeling that two very interesting characters will end up together and lots of interesting secrets will come out!
Well that is all I'm going to say on it before I start giving things away LOL! Go pick up this book; I know I'll be keeping it on my shelf!
** this book was provided to me free of charge from the Hatchette Book Group in exchange for an honest review, no monetary compensation was involved**
Now thanks to Anna at the Hatchette Book Group I have 5 copies to give away!
Giveaway ends January 30th and is only open to US and Canadian residents...sorry no P.O. Boxes
To enter:
+1 Please leave a comment with a way to contact you! (you must be a follower!)
+1 if you tweet it, add it to a sidebar or any other way you might pass around the info. (just leave me a link)
+1 if you comment on thte Q&A with Sherril that I'll be having tommorrow!


  1. I liked Sherrill's other book, Talk of the Town so I would rally like to win this one.


  2. This sounds great! Please enter me.

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  3. Please enter me!


  4. +1 I love vintage clothing, so I bet I'll like the descriptions. I also like when the backstory is given out little by little throughout the course of the book.

    Great review!

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  6. I loved your review. Please enter me!

  7. Please count me in. I'm an old follower.

  8. sherrillbodine@hotmail.comJanuary 18, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for this great review and for all your interest! It really made my day -- no, actually, my week!! xo Sherrill

  9. please enter me in the giveaway



  10. Please drop my name in the hat!! Thank you!


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  13. Great review.A BLACK TIE AFFAIR sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  14. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  15. I would love to win this book.
    The cover is so beautiful.

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  16. I would love to be entered for this book. It just sounds awesome.

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  17. I'm a follower and would love to win this book! Please enter me! I'm totally digging the cover!


  18. I'd love to enter! Thanks!

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  19. sherrillbodine@hotmail.comJanuary 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Hi Again, Love visiting your blog! xo Sherrill

  20. This book looks great. Please enter me.


  21. madwoman-doing-cartwheelsJanuary 27, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    I read Talk Of The Town (Bodine) so would love to read this one! Thanks for the chance. I follow you as Rose Red on Google Friend Connect.

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  22. I would love to find out what happens with Athena and Drew! I follow you on Twitter (winterbabe98).

  23. Please count me in for your giveaway, sounds like a great read=)
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  24. I tweeted=)

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