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True Confessions
by Rachel Gibson
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Avon, 2001 (2001)

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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Once you discover that True Confessions' heroine Hope Spencer writes fictional articles for the Weekly News of the Universe, with titles like, 'Demonic Car Alarm Hypnotizes Community' and 'Woman Parties at Her Own Wake', it becomes clear that this story has all the makings of a fun read. It's just these kinds of headlines that have forced Hope to leave LA for a while and hide out in rural Gospel, Idaho. The dusty little town was definitely not her first choice of place to lay low, but since the newspaper's footing the bills, she's stuck. A true city gal, one whose everyday wardrobe consists of spandex and high heels, Hope stands out in the sea of boots and Levis that are the norm in downtown Gospel. You know she's going to get into further predicaments when, moments after meeting the town sheriff, she makes this cut-to-the-chase observation, 'I've moved into a town of alcoholic, gun-toting, sheep-loving Four H - er's'.

Sheriff Dylan Taber's radar goes on high alert the moment he spies Hope Spencer rolling into town in her Porsche that sports the license plate MZBHAVN. It's not only her splashy car, big city attitude and choice of wardrobe, but also Taber can't keep lustful thoughts about Hope out of his mind. But as the sheriff of Gospel and single father of an impressionable young son, he knows that he can't follow through on them. And Lord help him if the snoopy tabloid writer ever finds out about the Hollywood actress, who is the mother of his son. Hope also finds herself attracted to the good-looking sheriff, but tells herself the last thing she needs is a romantic fling, especially with the laid-back sheriff, who looks entirely too delicious in his tight Levis and Stetson pulled low over his brow. No, there are only three reasons she's in town: to get some distance between herself and Myron Lambardo, midget wrestler with a giant grudge; to soak up some of the local flora and fauna in the hopes it will inspire more of her popular tabloid articles; and to get some much needed R & R. Unfortunately, the best laid plans never seem to work out the way they're supposed to.

True Confessions is one of those rare delights that you pick up on a whim, in the hope that the book's back cover blurb isn't an exaggeration. From Hope's and Dylan's budding, and eventually very steamy relationship, to Gospel's colourful and eccentric citizens, or Myron's blowing into town to exact his revenge because he still believes Hope ruined his career, Rachel Gibson has created a real winner - just the kind of breezy romance to leave you smiling, if not laughing out loud.

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