A high school dance is being planned in the town of
Wintersage, and the parents' committee are determined to
ensure that all goes well. Sandra, Vicki, and Janelle meet
once each week to discuss their lives and the dance is the
hot topic. Janelle is an event planner in EVE OF PASSION
and such events being a lot of work for her, the last thing
she needs in her home office is interruptions. She doesn't
have time to go to Boston, not even for her dear father.
Darren Howerton, Janelle's father, has passed on the reins
of the family firm to his son and now intends to run for
office in Massachusetts. He believes that Janelle would do
a good job of finding him influential backing. How can she
refuse? That's not all. Her industry friend Rebecca phones
to ask if Janelle will help run a wedding in her place due
to family illness. Work is piling up!
Ballard Dubois is the son of a shipping magnate, and
Janelle approaches him in Boston. He's used to attending
charity functions but finds them stiff and formal. When he
spies the beauty in the black dress, he can't get over his
instant attraction. She seems to like him too, but then he
figures out why she's there. They arrange a dinner
appointment and Janelle convinces herself that this is not
a date - she doesn't do dates! Just as well because Ballard
comes across as overly personal, not at all polite. The
newshounds snap a photo though, and that's all it takes to
be in a society magazine.
Janelle has a strict attitude to men, we learn, because a
former boyfriend nearly raped her, and any woman can
sympathise with her wish to be in control of a situation.
However I really couldn't see why Ballard came across as so
rude and egotistical, even if he has had society ladies
falling at his feet. Good manners are far more attractive
than bad. This is a multicultural romance but I don't think
it makes any difference to the story in that the characters
are presented as industrious and successful - there is no
real culture clash. The former boyfriend is still around,
a troublemaker, and I thought he was a nasty bit of work
but probably quite plausible to the younger Janelle.
town of Wintersage seems like somewhere I'd like to visit
so I will be watching out for more books by A.C. Arthur
with her strong forthright women. EVE OF PASSION is a
lively read and an adult romance with some business,
politics and fine dresses thrown in for good measure.
The Silk Sistersâ€”longtime friends Janelle, Sandra and
Vickiâ€”have turned their business savvy into a top-tier event
agency. And in the wealthy enclave of Wintersage,
Massachusetts, there's an abundance of lavish parties,
society drama and longing hearts to keep them busy.
Premier event planner Janelle Howerton swore off dating
after college. Now her father wants her to make nice with an
influential donor to his congressional campaign. After all,
it's just one dateâ€¦.
Billionaire Ballard Dubois wants to help Darren Howerton win
the election. But he wants Darren's daughter moreâ€”and his
desires seldom go unfulfilled. Suddenly "one date" quickly
spirals into a hot relationship, and celebrity gossip sites
crown them the new "it" couple. And when Ballard proposes
all of a sudden, Janelle shocks herself by sayingâ€¦yes!
As the wedding date looms, Janelle and Ballard wonder: Is
this marriage a mere political ploy? Or could this become a
real, lifelong love?