Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells

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A Ph.D. in sex appeal ?

Grace Cavanaugh is hell-bent on proving her Women’s Studies dissertation thesis that beauty only leads to misery. And what better research subject than her great-aunt Sophia, a former B-movie star? Now eighty-five and facing surgery, Sophia has asked Grace for company. . . .

Grace imagines a helpless, lonely old woman, forced to turn to a great-niece she barely knows. Instead she finds the aging diva holding court in a ...

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Overview

A Ph.D. in sex appeal ?

Grace Cavanaugh is hell-bent on proving her Women’s Studies dissertation thesis that beauty only leads to misery. And what better research subject than her great-aunt Sophia, a former B-movie star? Now eighty-five and facing surgery, Sophia has asked Grace for company. . . .

Grace imagines a helpless, lonely old woman, forced to turn to a great-niece she barely knows. Instead she finds the aging diva holding court in a Pebble Beach mansion, oozing a bombshell-itude—arthritis and wrinkles be damned—that captivates every male in sight. To Grace’s dismay, her greataunt decides a perfect distraction would be transforming the frumpy feminist into a femme fatale who purrs for her suitors . . . or devours them. She ordains classes in everything from carb cutting to lingerie, culminating in a challenging final exam. The newly svelte Grace must test her wiles—on both devilishly handsome and morally corrupt Declan and sensitive but painfully awkward Dr. Andrew.

Newly unleashed desires—and the discovery of a closely held family secret— threaten the bookworm-turned-babe’s entire feminist upbringing. Her thesis gone sadly awry, Grace wonders if her great-aunt is right: Will trusting her heart lead her to find beauty in the most unexpected places?

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Grace Cavanaugh is a women's studies Ph.D. candidate struggling to make ends meet. She jumps at the chance to spend the summer assisting her elderly aunt since it will mean three months at a beach house with plenty of time to complete her dissertation. Sure, her Aunt Sophia, a retired B-movie star, drove her to tears when she was a child, but she figures she can take anything her aunt dishes out now. What Grace doesn't expect is that still-glamorous Sophia will push her into realizing her inner bombshell or that her newly discovered diva wiles will bring her to the attention of two very attractive men. VERDICT Two-time RITA Award finalist Cach (Dating Without Novacaine) has been steadily moving away from romance to chick lit. Her new novel falls squarely in the latter category. While she doesn't offer anything particularly new in the genre, readers who enjoy Sophie Kinsella or Jane Green will find plenty to enjoy in this charming entry.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416513315
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,417,383
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Cach

Lisa Cach is a multi-award-winning author who has published more than a dozen books. She has also worked at a zoo, a bookstore, and a restaurant; taught English in Japan; and spent three years on the graveyard shift at a crisis line. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

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    Who wouldn't want to be thought of as a bombshell?! Well, in the

    Who wouldn't want to be thought of as a bombshell?! Well, in the beginning of this story Grace doesn't. She is a women's studies major and believes that women need to be valued for their intelligence and other qualities beyond their looks.




    Fortunately, her great aunt Sophia was a bombshell in her time (and continues to be like no octogenarian I've ever met) and Grace gets to spend the whole summer with her--in her glorious mansion at Pebble Beach no less. Sophia has the best of intentions in trying to help Grace improve her appearance. Sophia also teaches Grace (and the readers) that being a TRUE bombshell takes more than good looks. By the end of the story, I think Grace sees that looking your best and using feminine wiles actually make a woman stronger and takes a lot of intelligence.




    Without giving too much away, Sophia gives Grace many incentives for becoming a bombshell. She even provides access to two men for her to practice her bombshell skills on. Should Grace pursue Sophia's doctor, Andrew? He is intelligent, caring, safe and seems to appreciate Grace's women's studies background...but then there's Declan. He is everything Dr. Andrew is not and helps release Grace's inner-bombshell!




    I liked this book. I appreciated Sophia--I love old movies and all the glamor that surrounded them and the stars. I love stories about transformations and Grace undergoes a big one. I loved Declan too! I don't know if I were Grace who I would've chosen in the end, but I'd like to think I had the guts to choose him over Dr. Andrew! Indulge yourself and read it!




    Reviewed by Joelle for Cocktails and Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Loved the story! Thought the sex scenes could have been a littl

    Loved the story! Thought the sex scenes could have been a little steamier.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

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    A good beach read

    Grace Cavanaugh is planning on a relaxing summer. She has agreed to stay with her great-aunt Sophia, a one-time B-movie star, who is now an elderly woman facing hip surgery. Grace will keep Sophia company, finish up her Women's Studies dissertation on how beauty leads to misery, and have plenty of time to relax. How hard can it be? Boy, is Grace in for a surprise! Grace has only met her great-aunt once, back when she was ten and Sophia was a very intimidating woman who wore too much fake jewelry and insulted Grace to the point that Grace ran from the house and spent the rest of the day sulking. Surely, Grace reasons, her elderly aunt has softened through the years. The first hint that Sophia is not what Grace imagines is the Pebble Beach house of Sophia's, which is actually a mansion. Combine that with an 85-year-old woman who still exudes a charm and confidence that draws the attention of all the males around her, and it's clear that it's going to be one very interesting summer. Sophia doesn't mince words when Grace arrives with Cat, a friend who Sophia doesn't particularly like. The old woman manipulates the situation so that Cat, insulted to the point of tears, leaves the next morning. Sophia also makes it clear that she doesn't like Grace's frumpy way of dressing, nor does she care for Grace's dissertation topic. That first day at Sophia's, Grace also meets two handsome men, Declan, a womanizing, good-for-not-much, but VERY easy on the eyes, hunk of flesh, and Andrew, a good-looking and respectable doctor. Grace and Declan have a private, and somewhat steamy encounter that first evening, and things take off from there. While discussing the men with Grace, Sophia makes her great-niece a deal the financially strapped PhD student can't refuse. Sophia will pay her $50,000 at the end of the summer if Grace agrees to transform herself into a woman men can't resist. As an added enticement, Sophia argues, it'll be great research for the dissertation. Can Grace make Declan fall in love with her and then dump him like a hot potato? And what about Andrew? Is he the marrying type? Would he be the perfect match for Grace? Grace agrees to the proposition and is soon taking classes, dieting, exercising, and learning the fine art of man-teasing. She tells herself that Declan is a slime, that she hates him, and yet, she is definitely attracted to him. The scenes with him are quite hot and passionate, but he's a womanizer and will surely move on once he gets Grace into bed. Andrew, meanwhile, is reliable, educated, and, well, honestly, boring. But he's safe and would be a good provider. Declan is clearly the more interesting of the male characters and the reader will quickly look forward to the scenes with him and Grace. While the plot isn't particularly original, and the outcome is fairly easy to predict, the story is quite enjoyable. Grace is a very likeable character, one who uses quite a bit of humor in her diary writing and is shown with all her vulnerabilities exposed. Quill says: A fun, witty story about a woman who learns how to lure a man, and learns a lot about herself along the way. The perfect book to keep you company while you lie on the beach, dig your toes into the sand, and soak up the sun.

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