11.7.13

THE FLIRT, by Kathleen Tessaro

I love this author's premises and plots! Hughie Venables-Smythe answers an intriguing ad in a London paper for an “attractive, well-mannered, morally-flexible young man”. Quickly, the out of work actor is hired to be a flirt: he’ll beguile women to order. Not for personal gain, but to brighten their days. While Hughie learns the ropes, Leticia Vane’s bespoke underwear business Bordello is in trouble, single mom Rose wants out of her waitressing job, and Olivia Bourgalt du Coudray is suffering the endless tirades of her selfish elderly husband. And that, dear reader, is the tip of this delicious iceberg. See how they all twine together for a marvelously satisfying conclusion. It’s another 5 from this talented author.