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Balancing in High Heels
by Eileen Rendahl
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Downtown Press, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Alissa Lindley moves back to San Jose (near her sister and mother) to lick her wounds and start fresh after her husband leaves to start a family with his new girlfriend. Her life spirals downward after his departure - culminating in losing her job and having to take a mandatory anger management class.

Alissa starts to pick up the pieces by getting a job and working on her social life. Taking on cases at the public defender's office not only pays her bills but also introduces her to the Butterfly Brigade. This small group of women seek justice by taking the law into their own hands. Alissa meets Detective E. J. Rodriguez when she is called in to defend the ringleader of the Butterfly Brigade (interestingly enough, a fluttering of woman have started getting their own butterfly tattoos). Sparks start to fly between the two, whose meetings become more frequent. They fight the attraction, knowing the dangers of courting the enemy.

Eileen Rendahl succeeds again with Balancing in High Heels. She brings real issues to the forefront, while injecting humor that keeps the reader turning pages. Each chapter starts with an exercise from Alissa's anger managment workbook - an interesting addition to the story. The romance between Alissa and Detective Rodriguez develops at a believable pace, while accounts of Butterfly Brigade activities had me giggling while reading. Eileen Rendahl is on my auto buy list.

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