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Got a Hold on You
by Pat White
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Love Spell, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Francine McGee's orderly life in the financial world is as far as she can get from the organized chaos of her beloved Uncle Sully's wrestling organization. Indeed, Frankie's mother has made it her mission in life to keep her beloved only child as far away from the pro wrestling circuit as humanly possible. But when Sully needs financial advice to get his failing company back in the black, Frankie can't say no. He has always been there for her whenever she needed him, while her wayward, philandering father has not. Certainly she can spare Sully a few weeks of her time after all he's done for her over the years.

When a new wrestling storyline calls for a slinky 'sex goddess' to glide in on the arm of champion Black Jack Hudson and the actress set to play the part pulls a no show, a desperate Sully begs Frankie to help. She reluctantly agrees to fill in as 'The Tiger Lady' -- she'll be wearing a mask after all and nobody will recognize her. From the moment she and Black Jack meet, sparks fly inside the ring and out. At first Jack has no idea that Frankie and The Tiger Lady are one and the same, but he's furious when the deception is revealed. By then it's too late - fans have fallen in love with the whip wielding tigress and the ratings go through the roof. As long as the storyline and accompanying ringside shenanigans remain a hit, Jack has no choice but to play along -- it's in his contract. But after only a few days and nights with Frankie, Jack comes to realize that she's the woman with whom he's destined to spend the rest of his life. And Frankie learns that not all wrestlers are brainless muscle-bound hulks or posturing prima donnas.

Though it's hard to imagine finding romance in the world of professional wrestling, up-and-coming author Pat White has crafted a refreshing story in Got a Hold on You. Alternating between outright hilarity and touching insight, and peopled with marvelous characters, this book grabs you from the first page and doesn't lose steam until the very end. Frankie is a delight and Jack is a truly nice guy, whose entire adult life has revolved around wrestling (the sport saved his life as a youth), his dedicated fans and his commitment to being a positive role model. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to fall under the spell of this well-written, engaging story. Got a Hold on You is an impressive debut and fans of longer contemporary romance should keep a sharp eye out for Pat White's next book!

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