Alex Cleary has careened from one dead-end position to another. Read more...
Alex Cleary has careened from one dead-end position to another. But suddenly the ingenious makeup artist finds her distinct talents are valued by none other than lifestyle-empire mogul Hillary P.--renowned for her golden touch in broadcast and print media, as well as for her hair-trigger temper. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the daytime television scene that Alex is determined not to screw up.
Then a frank word in the wrong ear puts Alex's job on the line. Alex anticipates Hillary's rage, but she can't believe that this multimillionaire is holding her newest staffer to a nondisclosure agreement that demands reparation of 5 million dollars.
Alex has only 48 hours to repair the damage. And with a vengeful Hillary P. watching the clock, the devil will have her due...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-22
- Reviewer: Staff
In her third novel, Sweeney’s (The Star Attraction) narrator is Alex Cleary, 25 and desperate to break into show business as a makeup artist and move out of her parents’ house in Los Angeles. Alex gets her “butt in gear” when her friend Emma visits from New York for an episode of the Everyday Life with Hillary show. Hillary P. is a Martha Stewart–type perfectionist—and an intimidating and abusive boss. When Hillary P.’s makeup assistant develops appendicitis, Alex steps in. Hillary P. hires Alex, who moves to New York, but not before hooking up with A-list actor Billy Fox—but is it just for a night? To make matters even more complicated, Alex accidentally violates her nondisclosure contract, resulting in an against-the-clock rush to solve the problem. Though the tension of the story sometimes flags, Sweeney nevertheless delivers loads of escapism and romance. (Apr.)