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Hit Reply

Hit Reply

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by Rocki St. Claire, Roxanne St Claire, Rocki St Claire

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What's worse than spam, more dangerous than cyber sex, and scarier than getting a computer virus? An Instant Message from the guy who got away ten years ago...
grayscale: amber fleece? is that you?
foreveramber: OMG. Am I dreaming?
grayscale: it's me, toots. amazing how many people this classreunion.com thing unearthed.


What's worse than spam, more dangerous than cyber sex, and scarier than getting a computer virus? An Instant Message from the guy who got away ten years ago...
grayscale: amber fleece? is that you?
foreveramber: OMG. Am I dreaming?
grayscale: it's me, toots. amazing how many people this classreunion.com thing unearthed.
foreveramber: Sort of like worms.
What happens when a randomly accessed memory changes from a harmless Google to rekindled love? Someone has to draw the line between adultery and e-dultery...
to: wonderwoman
from: tmark
Hey gorgeous. I'm back in the halls of the old workplace.
to: tmark
from: wonderwoman
Just when I thought it was safe to go on line...
to: wonderwoman
from: tmark
I think of you every time I pass the video closet...remember?
to: tmark
from: wonderwoman
Sorry, Tom, I've gone down the mommy track and not even you can derail me. (I hope.)
Hit Reply is what happens when female friends turn to former lovers — and each other — to find fulfillment.
foreveramber: I'm 28, in advertising, single, and you know what I need the most?
wonderwoman: You need the strength of character to survive corporate politics, the confidence to believe in your inner beauty, and a trip to the Borghese counter.
foreveramber: Nah. I need a guy who looks like Brad Pitt.

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Chicklitbooks.com Hit Reply was amazing. Not only did each character have their own distinctive voice, but the characters were hilarious, amusing, and realistic. The story line itself was absorbing and fun....an irresistibly funny story. With memorable characters and surprising plot twists, causing the reader to laugh, cry, and get a smile on their face that just doesn't go away until hours after they've finished the book.

TheBestReviews.com This book is written entirely in e-mails and IMs (instant messages). At first I wasn't sure I'd enjoy the format, but after a few pages, it was almost like sitting down at my own computer and catching up with friends. I really got to know not only the three main characters, but others in the book as well. I found it entertaining, romantic and with surprising emotional depth. If you've ever found comfort in an e-mail from a friend or thought about 'googling' that cute guy from high school, you'll enjoy this book.

The BestReviews.com Hit Reply is a phenomenal story that will not only tickle your funny bone, but touch the deepest parts of your heart and soul. Even though the story is all emails and instant messaging, you don't really miss a thing because Ms. St. Claire fills in the blanks that don't happen on screen perfectly...the best story I have ever read. Engrossed in the story is an understatement! Once I started, I never stopped reading until I turned the very last page. A story that has you laughing out loud one minute, then tearing up the next. Hit Reply is one book you don't want to miss.

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TO: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

FROM: ClassReunion.com

SUBJ: Confirm membership

DATE: Thursday 7/29 8:45 PM

Welcome to ClassReunion.com, your connection to the past! We have received your electronic payment and membership survey response and are pleased to inform you that you are now included with your high school graduating class on the most popular classmate finder site on the internet. Your listing will read:

  • Amber Fleece

  • 28 years old

  • Residing in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Employed as Director of Traffic, Millennia Marketing

  • Marital status: Single

  • Email: foreveramber@quicklink.com

Have fun finding old friends and rekindling old flames. If you have questions, visit the site and press "help" for email assistance.

TO: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

FROM: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

SUBJ: I did it!!

DATE: Thursday 7/29 9:02 PM

Hey Stevie! Just got my confirmation from ClassReunion — I did it! I joined. Took three glasses of wine and an effing degree in engineering to master that electronic payment business — all for the privilege of sending one lousy email. It'll take me three more glasses of wine and forty-nine drafts, or it will be lousy. I only have one shot at Gray McDermott. I gotta make him remember the glorious experience of relieving me of my virginity on prom night ten years ago. *That* really pissed off my date! Write. Soon.



PS. How's the afterlife, my domestic princess? Haven't heard from you for a few days. IM me if you get online tonight.

foreveramber@quicklink.com: wonderwoman@usol.com is sending you an Instant Message on Thursday 7/29 at 10:18 PM:

wonderwoman: Amber, are you still composing your email? Finally got the kids down. Are you there?

foreveramber: I am here. Merlot is nearly gone. But so is my brain and my nerve and my ability to type.

wonderwoman: Maybe you should let me preview your message to him — I'm sure it will be wonderful, but sometimes a second set of eyes can help. Like when you first started at the agency and couldn't, well, you know, write.

foreveramber: She-devil. I could write. I just couldn't write as well as Madame Vice President Stevie Wonderwoman Walker. Hilliard. Whatever the hell name you use now. Are you still hyphenating?

wonderwoman: Oh, sure. No doubt it will carry a ton of weight when I apply for the coveted Kindergarten Room Mom position. BTW, you know what today is, don't you?

foreveramber: July 29 here. Whoo-wee! You are going to be 35 tomorrow. Happy Birthday Eve, Steverino. You are still gorgeous and women of all ages hate you.

wonderwoman: Thank you. It's easy for you to say that since you spent your last birthday at a Boston nightclub drinking raspberry flirtinis. I will spend the evening reading The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza and watching My Lover, My Stalker on Lifetime.

foreveramber: Brent still out of town?

wonderwoman: Till Saturday. Don't go there. So, what are you going to say to the one that got away?

foreveramber: Here's what I have so far: Hey stud, I've thought about you every day for the last ten years and I hope you're not married and still gorgeous, funny, and built to last for hours. Think he'll respond?

wonderwoman: That oughta get him to hit reply. With his...never mind.

foreveramber: And darla, his nevermind is something to revere, let me tell you. Speaking of gorgeous and built, remember you told me about a copywriter by the name of Tom Markoff who used to work at the agency before I got there? Well, guess who waltzed back into Millennia Marketing last week and landed his oh-so-fine tush in the office of Senior Vice President and Creative Director? big evil grin

foreveramber: Hey...Stevie? You still there? What's taking so long?

wonderwoman: I'm here. I thought I heard the Prince of Wails.

foreveramber: Your pants are so on fire. I recall a conversation back when I was your slave...er, administrative assistant. BTW, I finally hired my own — and who do I pick when I have my choice of Wellesley grads in leather miniskirts? A 45-year-old who looked suspiciously confused when I mentioned search engines.

wonderwoman: Why pick her?

foreveramber: She's sweet and eager and she worried about my cough in the interview. I know, I know. Freud would have a field day.

wonderwoman: Did I say anything? Go back to Tom. What conversation back when?

foreveramber: When you referred to Tom Markoff as the one man who turned you into liquid from the waist down.

wonderwoman: Mmmm. A total pool. But there was this one little problem named Mary Grace, mother of his child, woman in his bed, co-owner of his last name.

foreveramber: Mary Grace? Sounds like a minister's wife.

wonderwoman: Tom Markoff is no minister.

foreveramber: He's a hottie. Very Richard Gere-ish with a bit of a George Clooney thing going on. Even has a few silvers among the black hair...that hangs just a tad over the collar. Tres bien, merci. You two would make a stunning set.

wonderwoman: Hello? Reality check, please. Remember the hyphenated last name? Kindergarten class mom? I couldn't last five minutes in the same room with that man.

foreveramber: Oh really??? So it was more than longing gazes across the conference room table, hmmmm?

wonderwoman: I can't believe he came back to Millennia. I'll never forget it when he quit.

foreveramber: You didn't answer, ww. Must inform you that at his first staff meeting, he not-so-casually asked if anyone stayed in touch with you.

foreveramber: Stevie? Are you there?

wonderwoman: The Prince is wailing for real this time. Gotta go. Email me the letter to Gray before you send it, okay? Don't blow your chance at the reunion of your dreams. Bye.

foreveramber: Oh, I don't give a dog bone anyway. He's probably fat, ugly, and doesn't look anything like Brad Pitt anymore. BTW, Stevie, you don't mind that I gave Tom Markoff your email addy do you?

foreveramber: Hey — Stevie Wonderwoman? You there? You there? Ruh roh.

TO: grayscale@connectone.com gray mcdermott

FROM: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

SUBJ: tripping down memory lane

DATE: Friday 7/30 2:00 AM

Hi Gray McDermott...remember me? Amber Fleece from Lincoln High? I saw your name on the ClassReunion.com list and couldn't resist saying hello. Hope you are well. I notice you live in Dallas. I'm still in Boston, running the Traffic Department of an ad agency. I live alone in Brookline, but still get out to the burbs to see my dad on the weekends. I hear rumblings of a ten-year class reunion next summer. Any chance you'd grace the old halls of LHS with your presence? Drop me a note and let me know how you're doing.


Amber Fleece

TO: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

FROM: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

SUBJ: Oops — I sent it to him first

DATE: Friday 7/30 8:00 AM

Happy Birthday, Steverella! The merlot weakened my resolve (amazing how it does that) and my finger hit...send. Trust me, it was pure drivel. As I re-read in the light of day, it sounded kind of *corporate* if you know what I mean. I wanted to be so effing funny but instead I sent an endless array of prepositional phrases that you would have hated. Sorry, but no one is funny after six glasses of wine and I knew that when I poured 'em and drank 'em. Did manage to squeeze in the "live alone" bit, though. Listen...is that Tom Petty singing? "The waiting is the hardest part."



TO: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

FROM: tmarkoff@millenniamarketing.com tom markoff

SUBJ: Feeling some wonder-lust....

DATE: Friday 7/30 11:00 AM

Hey there Stephanie Walker. Guess where I am? Wandering the corridors of MM and it makes me — wonder — instead of wander...whatever happened to my friend Stephanie? The beautiful blonde with soul in her blue eyes and heart in her smile? I heard you got married and moved to ORLANDO? What's up with that? I might not have returned to the "new" Millennia as the conquering Creative Director if I knew you'd blown this popstand already. Ah, well, the ugliness of the past forgotten, it seems, at least by the His Majesty GW — I made him beg for me. The loveliness of the past, however, is remembered every time I walk by the video closet where someone else begged so long ago. Write if the spirit or anything else moves you.


PS. Happy birthday.

TO: afleece@millenniamarketing.com amber fleece

FROM: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

SUBJ: How you will die

DATE: Friday 7/30 2:00 PM

Amber, you sneaky, double-crossing, no good little witch. Sorry to attack you at work, but thanks for the perfect 35th birthday present. Just what I needed. A flash from my past to remind me of all the stuff that's missing from my life. Why did you give Tom Markoff my email??? I'm married. He's married. He hasn't forgotten anything, either, I can tell you that. Oh fuck. My whole body went numb when I saw his name. I'll write back to him tonight. I better learn from your lesson and stop at two glasses before I hit reply. Oh fuck. I think I'll pack up the stroller and hit Saks to punish Brent for being gone on my birthday. Oh fuck fuck fuck fuck. I could kill you.



TO: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

FROM: jdesmond@millenniamarketing.com julie desmond

SUBJ: RE: How you will die

DATE: Friday 7/30 2:04 PM

Hello. I am Julie Desmond, administrative assistant to Amber Fleece. Ms. Fleece is out of the office most of the day and asked me to review her email in anticipation of a time-sensitive message from a client. Unfortunately, I'm fairly new and didn't recognize all of the email addresses and opened yours in error. I will forward it to Ms. Fleece and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Best wishes — and, by the way, Happy Birthday — 35 is a really nice age — enjoy!


TO: tmarkoff@millenniamarketing.com tom markoff

FROM: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

SUBJ: Great to hear from you

DATE: Friday 7/30 9:10 PM

What a nice surprise! It's been so many years. I heard you were living in New York for a while. MM will thrive under your creative direction, Tom. I'm glad you and GW could get by your differences — he's not a bad guy to work for. Look how he's built MM from nothing to the biggest shop in Boston. Yes, I left the agency two years ago...I had my second baby and my husband accepted a promotion with his company, based in Orlando. So, I'm living the good life — taking care of my two children (a girl, Lily, 5 and a boy, Satan — just kidding — his name is Declan and he just turned 2). Things are great down here. Amazing weather and



TO: tmarkoff@millenniamarketing.com tom markoff

FROM: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

SUBJ: Right back at ya

DATE: Friday 7/30 9:13 PM

Look who's back in Boston! New York too easy for you, huh? I heard you broke into MM and strong-armed GW into a sweet deal that includes a corner office. Revenge is grand, isn't it? Good for you. It's true — I've climbed off the career ladder and landed in paradise with two beautiful, perfect, amazing children — Lily, 5, and Declan, 2. My husband, Brent, is the Executive VP of Operations for Grand Regent Hotels; we moved to the Orlando corporate headquarters right after our son was born. You might remember Brent. He was head of finance for Grand Regent when the hotel chain was a Millennia client. We built a lovely home in a nice development called Azure Lakes and I've been busy with some volunteer work, although the kids are pretty much full time. Hope you



TO: tmarkoff@millenniamarketing.com tom markoff

FROM: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

SUBJ: wonder-lust no more

DATE: Friday 7/30 10:00 PM

Well, hell, Markoff. Just when I thought it was safe to go online. Thanks for the note. I'm fine. Married, mothering, and delighted to never have to write a client conference report ever again. Stay out of that video closet, pal. It's a dark and dangerous place.


wonderwoman@usol.com: foreveramber@quicklink.com is sending you an Instant Message on Monday 8/2 at 11:11 PM

foreveramber: I know it's past 11, but please tell me you are still up, Stevie.

wonderwoman: I'm here.

foreveramber: Get any good birthday presents?

wonderwoman: Very beautiful pink diamond watch from Brent when he finally got home. Oh — and sensible underwear from my mother.

foreveramber: God love that woman.

wonderwoman: She sent some for Lily, too. Hers were cuter — they had butt ruffles.

foreveramber: Nice. Can we talk about me for a minute???

wonderwoman: What was I thinking?

foreveramber: Think about this: 68 hours and 14 minutes (well, really only 11 hours and 10 minutes) have passed since the sending of email to Gray. Nothing. Not a word. Noth. Ing.

wonderwoman: Maybe he's traveling and not checking email.

foreveramber: He strikes me as the kind of guy who would have a Sidekick to keep in constant satellite communications with the cyber-world.

wonderwoman: He *strikes* you? You haven't laid eyes on the man since you graduated from high school ten years ago. Wasn't he a musician of some kind? Give him a few more days. He'll respond.

foreveramber: I've always been too pushy with him.

wonderwoman: You don't even know if he's married, single, or gay.

foreveramber: Rule out the last one, babycakes. I had him.

wonderwoman: Yes, I heard. The prom. What happened that night?

foreveramber: He crashed the after-party and I had enough Tequila Sunrises (blech) to admit that I'd been lusting after him since ninth grade. Who could resist a drunk virgin in a homemade Vera Wang knockoff?

wonderwoman: No mortal man. Then what?

foreveramber: Ridiculously amazing mind-and-body-and-soul-connecting sex for three months. Then I went to U Mass and he went to follow his dreams, which, evidently, didn't include coming back to Massachusetts and marrying me. Never heard from again, as far as I know. But I've never forgotten him, Steve. And when someone invades your heart like that, it's...kismet. Fate. Destiny. Chemistry. Ever had it?

wonderwoman: Yes.

foreveramber: With Brent?

wonderwoman: By the way, I'm not speaking to you.

foreveramber: Yikes. Sorry about my new admin seeing that email about Tom Markoff. Julie's very sweet, don't worry.

wonderwoman: Why did you give him my email?

foreveramber: He wanted it. Did you write back yet?

wonderwoman: Yes. After a few pathetic tries. Why don't you google Gray?

foreveramber: I did. Nothing came up. But he is on ClassReunion, so I know he's alive. Or in jail.

wonderwoman: Or married. Oh, that's redundant.

foreveramber: Stevie!? What's going on? Is Brent back for a while?

wonderwoman: He left again for San Diego for two days. That's the hotel biz.

foreveramber: Am I sniffing discontent in wonderland?

wonderwoman: I guess they would call it the seven-year itch, right?

foreveramber: Depends. What's itching?

wonderwoman: I am. Maybe Brent is. Hard to say since he's never around to scratch or be scratched.

foreveramber: Huge job, darla. He's in line for the CEO's job! You're a made woman. But you gotta put up with the travel. He loves you. He always has.

wonderwoman: Made? Made into what? I've done all the shopping and decorating I can do. Now what? Junior League? Good God — I sound like a suburban cliché. How did this happen?

foreveramber: You're still adjusting to the new life, new city. Wait till Lily starts kindergarten. You'll take over the school. Run the marketing. Do they have marketing in schools?

wonderwoman: PTA fundraising. Same difference.

foreveramber@quicklink.com: grayscale@connectone.com is sending you an Instant Message on Monday 8/2 at 11:39 PM:

grayscale: amber fleece? am i dreaming?

foreveramber: OH MY GOD....

wonderwoman: What?

foreveramber: HE just IM'd me in a different session. OH. MY. GOD. BYE!!!

foreveramber: You're not dreaming. I'm real and living in your computer.

grayscale: kewl. one of my favorite boston chicks.

foreveramber: One of?

grayscale: amazing how many people this classreunion thing unearthed.

foreveramber: Sort of like worms. So what are you doing?

grayscale: living, working, playing music

foreveramber: Still? Playing bass? In a band? For real?

grayscale: why are you surprised? i told you that's what i wanted to do.

foreveramber: Is that what you do for a living?

grayscale: it's what i do to live. to make money, i paint.

foreveramber: Paint? I had no idea you were an artist.

grayscale: houses. i paint houses. and walls. garage doors and shit like that.

foreveramber: Oh. You have your own business?

grayscale: sometimes and sometimes i work for other people. sounds like you've embraced the business world with both arms.

foreveramber: Yeah, I work. I like it. It's fulfilling. I sound like an idiot, don't I?

grayscale: hardly. so, not married, huh?

foreveramber: Nope. You?

grayscale: not technically.

foreveramber: There's a Gray McDermott meaningless answer if I ever heard one. Either you are or you aren't, sugar. Which is it?

grayscale: n't. living with someone, though.

foreveramber: Just like a rock star.

grayscale: it's a little more complicated than that. can i email you?

foreveramber: I think that was the general idea of my original correspondence.

grayscale: there's an amber fleece smartass answer if i ever heard one. i'll be in touch.

foreveramber: Ten more years?

grayscale: not a chance. why do you think i joined this classreunion thing? to hook up with tiffany sorensen?

foreveramber: They didn't call her stiffany for nothing.

grayscale: she didn't have that effect on me.

foreveramber: No? Then you're the only guy in our class who can make that claim.

grayscale: i had my eye on someone else.

foreveramber: Will you tell me about her?

grayscale: no. you will. bye, toots.

foreveramber: Bye.

TO: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

FROM: jdesmond@millenniamarketing.com julie desmond

SUBJ: Good Morning!

DATE: Tuesday 8/3 7:15 AM

Good morning, Ms. Fleece. I remember you check your personal email at home in the morning, so before you leave for the First Boston Bank photo shoot, here's a quick report:

  • The photo shoot starts at 9:00 AM (sharp, according to Ms. Reinhardt's memo) at the Faneuil Hall site.

  • The models have been confirmed this morning (I called them at home) and the photographer is already setting up. I have his cell phone if you can't find him when you get there.

  • The conference report you dictated late last night is finished, proofed, and sent to everyone on the Alphaone Wi-Fi account.

  • All open Traffic Jobs have been logged for the day and deadline notifications have gone to the Account Teams.

  • Bud Fleece left a message on your voicemail — he wants you to call him or email him regarding a blind date.

  • Donald from the video store called to let you know your copy of Troy has come in, but they won't let you rent it until you return (and pay the late fee on) the following: The Mexican, Legends of the Fall, Thelma and Louise and Meet Joe Black. Would you like me to take care of that for you?


TO: jdesmond@millenniamarketing.com julie desmond

FROM: foreveramber@quicklink.com amber fleece

SUBJ: You Rock

DATE: Tuesday 8/3 7:17 AM

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. PLEASE don't call me Ms. Fleece. I'll never answer. I'm almost ready to leave for the shoot — still doing hair art. I will NOT be late. When Reinhardt issues an edict, we march. Oh — Bud Fleece is my dad and the blind date is Sam the Barber's son. Eeesh. Daddy never quits trying. Can you please call Blockbuster and tell Don to give me an effing break! The Brad Pitt Fest is nowhere near over. And can you google "grayscale" and "painting in Dallas" and see what you come up with? (In case you've never googled, just type in the words and it will give you a list of places that name has appeared on the internet. Try googling an old boyfriend sometime — you won't believe what you can find!!) YOU ARE THE BEST!



TO: wonderwoman@usol.com stephanie hilliard

FROM: tmarkoff@millenniamarketing.com tom markoff

SUBJ: still wondering

DATE: Tuesday 8/3 4:30 PM

This place is the pits without you. If I had known you morphed into June Cleaver, I would have asked for an extra twenty grand a year. Oh, yeah, I remember Brent Hilliard. How'd you ever hook up with that fast-track geek? Just kidding, Stephanie. Glad you're happy. It warms my...heart. But it would be a helluva lot warmer if you'd waltz in here with that real short red skirt (still have it?) and tell me you need a print ad written overnight. Ring any bells? Come on, babe. Let some British woman wipe your kids' noses and come back to work. I nailed the World Wide Airlines account. I remember how much you wanted that one way back when. You could handle that blowhard of a client. The account exec GW gave me is a bitch.

Wanna consult?


Copyright © 2004 by Roxanne St. Claire

Meet the Author

Rocki St. Claire spent most of her adult life in the business of publicity and marketing until she wandered down the path not taken and became a bestselling author. Today she writes full time, concentrating on stories about women and the men who torment and delight them. Rocki lives in Florida with her husband, two children, and her active imagination.
Visit her website at www.rockistclaire.com.

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Hit Reply 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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Good read, easy to follow, likeable characters, relateable situations. Happy endings all around. Enjoyed the book and the format (written as all emails and instant messages)....
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I have not finished the book as of yet, about 15 pages to go, but its great. One of those that you just do not want to put down and when you do, you are wondering what is going to happen next. Great author, great storyline, great book over all. I highly recommend you read it!!
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A unique format that Rocki pulls off very well. The women in the story transcend chick-lit as they interact with each other and their pasts to find their futures. Loved it. I hope to see more like this. Kathi H
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I was not sure about the format, but this book is really great at showing the inner workings on relationships, technology infused. Normally it is hard to gage emotion in on-line communication, but this book took you inside everyones' heads. I really enjoyed it, so much so I suffered through a headeache because I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially if you're not into chick lit.
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Rocki St Claire does an excellent job incorporating the entire story via emails & im's. The book was better than I thought it would be... there were no questions unanswered and it was very easy to follow.
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This book was amazingly well written. I'm a college student, and I took it to my Religion class to help pass the time--it definitely worked. I truly loved this book--it's great!
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This book is NOT your average chick-lit. It's all about revisiting your past... relationships, lost loves, coulda/woulda/shoulda beens, then making the decision to either go back in time and try to recapture what 'might have been' or to move forward and NOT look back again. No one I know HASN'T looked up an ex-love online, joined a reunion website/chat group, just to see how a past love/boyfriend is doing, where they are, etc. This book takes it to the next level...what would happen if you got in contact with the ex-love? and what choice would you make and why? Although done in all e-mail and phone call format, you don't notice it at all!! In fact, about 1/4 through the book, I didn't need to read who the e-mails were to & from to know who was writing. Each character has a highly distinctive 'voice' - even on 'paper'. A thought provoking and emotional ride with a satisfying ending...of course! Job well done, Ms. St. Claire!! :)
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-eight years old Bostonian Amber Fleece is doing well at work but her personal life is lower than the Big Dig. Desperate and bored with the Ivy League crowd she has been seeing for eons, Amber decides to go back to her happiest moment with males: her prom night. She registers with classrunion.com seeking Gray McDermott though she learns he is blue collar. Stephanie ¿Stevie Wonder Woman¿ Hilliard used to be Amber¿s boss, but became an Orlando mother of two. She loves her darlings, but is bored especially since her husband Brent is never home always traveling with his young beautiful assistant. When she receives an interesting email from Tony Markoff, a blast from her past, Stevie begins an on-line affair, but wonders if that is cheating and if so is that equal to her husband¿s seeming fling.--- Amber¿s administrative assistant Julie Desmond is recently divorced while also suffering from empty nest syndrome as her son has left for college. She becomes independent as she grows on the job and meets a former boyfriend via the Internet.--- HIT REPLY is a powerful character study that looks at three women in varying phases in their lives yet with similar problems and the influence of the Internet on their relationships. The audience gets a first hand look at the prime trio through predominately their email exchanges. Fans will enjoy this instant communication winner that provides focus on what the Net is doing to people as well as asking psychological questions as to whether it fosters closeness and communication or isolationism and hiding. Rocki St. Claire has provided a fabulous look at the impact of the communication revolution on her three likable protagonists.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
At once warm and witty, this book goes way beyond the average chick-lit novel and tackles issues dealt with by real women. As I read the book, I felt as if Stephanie and Amber were *my* friends - I came to care for them, to experience their joys and disappointments - and very early on, I realized I was reading something truly compelling. These are the most genuine characters I've read in a long time and I highly recommend this book for anyone who's looking for a meaningful, thought-provoking twist to their chick-lit. An utterly gripping book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has Mr. Wrong ever invaded your life? Has the Mommy track lost its appeal? And what happens when you reach the end of that track and your kids are grown and on their own? The main characters in HIT REPLY face these questions and more in a new release from Rocki St. Claire. Amber Fleece is moving up at a Boston ad agency. Still looking for Mr. Right, she registers with an online site to get the email address of the guy who stole her heart (among other things) on prom night. Should she email him? Ignore his instant messages? Does the hip, urban woman really want to get involved with a guy who paints houses for a living and writes country music, and is living with another woman? The Harvard grad she¿s dating seems like the perfect man (at least to her friends and family) but sometimes out-of-your-league is preferable to Ivy League, especially when something more serious than the identity of Ben Affleck¿s current squeeze invades your life. Stephanie Hilliard was Amber¿s boss at the ad agency. But Stevie traded suits for sweats, legal pads for coloring books, and the rat race for motherhood. She adores her children, but hugs, kisses and finger paintings on the fridge are beginning to lose their luster. Combine that with her husband¿s heavy travel schedule and suddenly Stevie begins to think she¿s probably as interesting as gum on the sidewalk. And when he starts traveling with a beautiful brunette assistant, she feels threatened and scared. A job offer from left field shakes things up a bit, especially since it¿s from her old agency and a man she¿d had a pre-marriage attraction to. She¿s tempted ¿ both to take the job and renew the attraction with her old flame. But she soon has to ask herself if sexy emails are any different than what she suspects her husband may be doing. Our third player is Julie, Amber¿s admin assistant. Her marriage is over, her son has left for college and she¿s sure that motherhood can translate into a paying job. Add in the old beau she¿s found via the Internet, and this once-shy woman begins to blossom and exude a self-confidence that¿s quite marketable. Written completely in the format of emails and instant messages, HIT REPLY is a story first and foremost about friendship. It explores the various chapters in our lives and deals with the influence of the World Wide Web, that seemingly never-ending source of information for many people. It allows instant communication and shrinks the world to the size of a 17-inch flat-screen monitor. For every question that it answers, HIT REPLY raises another. Rocki St. Claire is the nom de plume of romantic suspense and category romance author Roxanne St. Claire, who Publishers Weekly considers a star on the rise. HIT REPLY is cleverly written, witty and flirty without going over the top. While billed as chick lit, it¿s unlike the rest of the genre, which is often full of self-dithering and endless angst. The characters¿ ages span three decades, so this book will appeal to a variety of readers. It touched my soul, tugged at my heartstrings, and left me feeling that the world would be A-OK. St. Claire is now on my auto-buy list. P.S. Google your first boyfriend¿s name. You might be surprised!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rocki/Roxanne St. Claire writes with clarity and her voice is infused with verve and emotion. I enjoy her riveting romantic suspense novels as much as her stories of contemporary romance for Silhouette Desire. An impressive talent to enter the world of romance and women's fiction, this author is on my auto buy list. Pre-order this baby before it hits the shelves!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read books written in an all e-mail format before, but this was the first one that grabbed me by the throat and would not let me go until I'd finished every last page. The two main characters of the book--Stephanie and Amber--live, talk, act, breathe and think just like many women I know. Their struggles to balance career and family ring so true for any woman who deals with those challenges today. And the humor had me laughing out loud more than once (who among us hasn't secretly called our screaming, maniacal 2 year old a devil on occasion?) Their 'voices' rang loud and clear through their e-mails and I was really holding my breath to see how things were going to turn out. Lots of fun but also thought provoking, Hit Reply is a definite must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Hit Reply, it's hard to shake the sensation that you have slipped into someone else's computer, someone else's office, someone else's life...and are secretly watching it unfold. Rocki St. Claire masterfully takes her readers into the heads and hearts of three extremely appealing women...via their computers¿and her fast-paced, multi-layered story runs the gamut from hysterical to heartbreaking. The cover looks like typical chick lit, but you won't find any of the conventions of that genre inside. The three female protagonists are in three different decades, and all three women are facing life-altering decisions and situations. Full of twists and amazingly easy to follow in the all email and instant message format, Hit Reply is one of those rare finds that defies categorization. Comedy? Yes, you will laugh -- out loud and a lot. Tragedy? There are definitely a few moments to wreck your mascara. Romance? Plenty of it and in the most surprising ways. Chick lit? Not like any that I've read. This book is one of a kind, utterly delightful, memorable, imaginative and clever.