Easy on the Eyes

Easy on the Eyes

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by Jane Porter
     
 

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At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tina desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tina is

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At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tina desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tina is getting the message that her age is starting to show and certain measures must be taken if she wants to remain in the spotlight. It doesn't help that at every turn she has to deal with her adversary—the devilishly handsome, plastic surgeon to the stars, Michael Sullivan. But a trip away from the Hollywood madness has consequences that could affect the rest of her life.

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Publishers Weekly
Chick-lit's foremost apologist for the older-than-30-and-still-sexy (Flirting With Forty) targets the ageist banality of TV news and entertainment programs, chronicling the fall of 38-year-old anchor Tiana Tomlinson. "I've achieved far more than I ever expected, but it feels like so much less than I wanted," Tiana realizes as her network begins to nudge her aside for a fresher face. Reading the writing on the wall-and the lines in her face-the feisty journo delves deeper into work and turns to the lifelong friends who protect her even as her romantic and professional lives implode. In a last-ditch attempt to prove her professional chops, Tiana heads to Zambia to film the humanitarian work of hunky plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Michael O'Sullivan. There's nothing to separate this from the herd of chick lit titles being released this summer: it's as breezy and formulaic as most.
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Kirkus Reviews
Aging out of her role as "America's Sweetheart," TV anchor Tiana Tomlinson fights for her job and realizes she wants more. She hates the idea of plastic surgery. But when her producers threaten to bring in a ten-years-younger co-host to revive her top-rated weeknight show, pushing-40 Tiana must consider the possibility. Her career has been her life since her beloved husband, a serious journalist, was killed seven years earlier, and he in turn had filled the void created when her family died in a horrific accident years before. But even as she campaigns for her high-profile job, Tiana is ambivalent. The news show she once anchored has become increasingly focused on celebrity gossip; she herself has made its headlines through her romance with a much-younger actor. But she has become intrigued by more serious stories. Stir in a strong, if conflicted attraction to Hollywood's top plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael O'Sullivan, and the recipe for chick-lit romance is set. The match-up with Michael is obvious from the start ("the suddenly husky note in his voice makes my stomach do a little flip," Tiana says), so the will-they-or-won't-they suspense is not long sustained. By the time he shows his altruistic side, luring her on a medical mission to Africa, their destiny is clear. While not even Porter (Mrs. Perfect, 2008, etc.) can undo aging, her contemporary fairy tale finds a way for Tiana to triumph. Larding a light entertainment with actual celebrities, the author aims for real-life star power. But her simplistic approach, with Tiana constantly lamenting TV realities as if they were new, grows tiresome. Aging TV stars may be the hot new heroines-at least in books by Julie Kramer or Hank PhillippiRyan-but Porter never gets beneath her pretty woman's skin. Only the thinly disguised Hollywood gossip may sell this to a few readers. Shallow, repetitive and predictable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446509404
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/22/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
656,935
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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