Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Dual Image by Nora Roberts

Author: Nora Roberts
First published in 1985 by Silhouette


As "Amanda Jamison," Ariel Kirkwood suffered stoically through the daily traumas of a popular soap opera. She was adored by her loyal fans, as well as the real people in her life.

Booth DeWitt had written his greatest script. From the pain of a bitter marriage came a bitingly brilliant story. Ariel knew she wanted to play the scheming wife-a complete change from her sweet daytime heroine.

Ariel the actress awoke the ghosts of Booth's past with her eerily perfect portrayal of his ex-wife. Ariel the woman broke through his hardened cynicism-and tempted him to love again!

Dual Image is classic early Nora Roberts.  Ariel is a soap opera star.  Her character on her soap opera is a smart yet meek woman.  Ariel longs to play someone with more substance.  She reads for the part of a villain in an upcoming television movie.  Booth is the screenwriter and thinks Ariel is perfect for the part... a little too perfect.  He has been burned by his ex-wife and refuses to fall for her.

I thought this was a cute romance.  I loved Ariel.  She is smart, independent and a free spirit.  Her devotion to getting custody of her nephew made her loving heart show through. Her scenes with Scott were really cute. I did think the "I Love You" came a bit early, but I did feel like they spent time getting to know each other before leaping into bed.  I didn't really care for Booth at first. but he grew on me.  

One of the fun things about the story is the scenes of  the soap opera and movie that are included in the book.  They really brought me back to the 80s when I used to watch General Hospital after school.  So cheesy and dramatic!  This is one of Ms. Robert's better throwback books.  Definitely give it a try!

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