A Black Tie Affair

A Black Tie Affair

by Sherrill Bodine

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ISBN-13: 9780446618595
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sherrill Bodine has been writing stories since junior high, when she won a pair of silver skates in a state-wide essay contest. While moving twenty-two times back and forth across America and rearing her four children, she published fifteen award-winning novels under two pseudoynyms (Lynn Leslie/Leslie Lynn). Now she's decided to be herself and write about the people, parties, and high-life in the city she knows best: Chicago. When she's not in the Windy City with her husband, family, and Newfoundland and pug dogs, she's fulfilling her passion to travel to exotic locales around the world. You can visit Sherrill online at www.sherrillbodine.com.

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Black Tie Affair 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
Fate is a magical and wonderful mystery in our lives that throws out surprises we never expect and occasionally some bloopers we could live without. Athena Smith is getting a huge dose of both right now and she will have to take the good with the unexpected and roll with the way things play out. She may have been named for the Goddess of Wisdom but past mistakes make her question that particular title as it applies to her. Athena has finally gotten permission to inspect and display the Bertha Smith antique dress collection at the Fashion Institute of Chicago where she is the curator. But the catch is the dresses are part of the Clayworth family collection and this forces her to interact with her childhood love Drew Clayworth. Drew is the man that she has always loved but also the one she can never forgive because he broke her heart and caused hurt beyond recovery. Drew is equally leery of having Athena back in his life as well but fate has stepped in and brought them back together reminding him of everything he had and lost. He loved her so much but had to let her go when the tragedy of losing his parents in the Fastnet. This ultimate sailboat racing event was something he pushed his parents into and felt guilt when it took their lives. All this grief that Drew put upon his shoulders did not leave room for Athena or her love. Now they are thrown back together when the dresses that Athena wants to display are stolen and apparently causing whoever touches them to have a chemical reaction that makes the wearer act in interesting and "truthful" ways. Athena and Drew are both holding back a secret or two that could cause this reconciliation to crumble like the antique dresses they are trying to find but is withholding the information worse than the truth even when Drew is not telling Athena that he now plans to race in the Fastnet. Athena also has her sisters to contend with, the opening of their vintage collection store and allot of family meddling all surrounding trying to keep Athena apart from Drew. All of the sisters worry about their father who was terminated by Drew's family business and how that will all play out when Drew is confronted with the issue and the part he played in the termination. The search for the dresses becomes an adventure in more ways than one and both Athena and Drew are reminded that they are so much better together than apart despite the road blocks facing them. They may be able to sail out together but not on calm waters the way things keep popping up to toss them around. This book makes you believe in the magic of love and the wonder of everything happening for a reason. Some life events are mysterious and some wonderful but true happiness at being reunited with the love of your life not much else can go wrong - or so we hope. What a great book with wonderful characters and amazing underlying mystery. The tie-in to the next book in this series is enough to make you wish time moved faster and the next book was about to be released. It is not fate that has Ms. Bodine writing such a great story but the talent of a good writer. Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer") www.marygramlich.com
Cajunbooklady on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'll start off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What made it even more interesting for me is that this fictional romance got it's inspiration from a true-life debacle! Ms. Bodine's story was quick to pull you in and keep you reading.I enjoyed the fact that the character's back story was worked into the throughout the story instead of thrown at me all together in the beginning of the book. It kept me guessing as to Athena and Drew's past and what exactly happened between them.It was a great tale about Chicago's finest and a look into the life of the (fictional) rich and famous. You were able to picture the elegance and beauty of the clothes through the vivid descriptions, and if you love vintage clothing you'll probably enjoy this book.The ending was perfect, and I definitely want to read further with the Smith sister's and the Clayworth men's futures. I have a feeling that two very interesting characters will end up together and lots of interesting secrets will come out!
chaoticbooklover on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I started this book, thinking that it would just be like any other romance novel. But let me be the first to tell you that it wasn't! Sherrill kept me turning the pages just to find out what happened next. I kept asking myself "What happened?" "When will they see the light?" and many other questions throughout this book. The ending leaves a little to be desired, but makes you want more!! I finished the book in a little less than 12 hours and I can't wait to read Sherrill's next book. Bring us some more of those Clayworth's!!!
mountie9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mini-Review: This really wasn't my thing, as I am not much of a fan of contemporary romance books. For those who enjoy contemporary romances, you will probably like this. It is a quick lite read, with an interesting storyline involving toxin laced gowns. A good beach read. 2.5/5 Dewey's (Remember that the rating is based on MY enjoyment of the story, not on the ability of the author)
Jac8604 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Seriously, it reminded me of a mediocre soap-opera. The problems and resolutions were so melodramatic and blown-out of proportion that they bordered on ridiculous. On top of that, they characters were difficult to warm-up to and weren't very memorable. If you're looking to take a break from life (one were all brain function ceases) then, by all means, give this fluffy bit a try. I found it diverting enough to finish it, so it's not irredeemable. It wasn't my cup of tea though and I won't be following up to find out what happens in the next books about Athena's sisters.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Oh, but I loved this book. Ms. Bodine has a way of bringing you into the world of high fashion couture dresses and making any girl feel all giddy inside. I loved the descriptions of these fantastic gowns. Oh, to just twirl around in one of them (a girl can dream right?) obviously sans the poison.I loved the chemistry between Athena and Drew - it was flirty, it was sweet and very romantic. I especially liked how you read a little bit about their past together in short increments making you come to terms with how their relationship ended and have you rooting for them to have another go at it and make it work. Between the mystery of the gowns and the romance between our characters it definitely keeps you on your toes, making this a very quick read. This was a light, fluffy romance, with great characters, witty banter and an underlying mystery to solve. I thought it had a little bit of everything needed to make it a very enjoyable read.
AuthorLyndaCoker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Athena Smith's excursion to the Clayworth Secret Closet located under an Illinois soybean field begins this story and sets us on a skin-tingling romp through couture fashion and intrigue. And since there is some old, unfinished business, of the romantic kind, between her and Drew Clayworth, it doesn't help that she ends up hospitalized with hallucinations after having entered the Secret Closet to examine a dress collection. Then, to her horror and that of the Clayworth's, the dresses are stolen.This is a smooth read, but I must warn you, a lot of loose ends are left dangling. I can only imagine that the author intends to tie them up in a forthcoming book. We'll have to wait and see. It's a light mixture of romance with a little mystery.A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the Hatchett Book Group.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a light and happy read with the appropriate amount of tension between the romantic leads. I will admit it required some suspension of reality but isn't that what you look for in a certain percentage of your reading? Once you just give in and go with the flow it's a fun story. I enjoyed reading about the couture dresses and the vintage accessories but I do admit that I would have liked to learn even more.I suspect from the ending that there will be another tale in the Smith/Clayworth Family and I am sure I will read it for a light respite in between my heavier books. I hope that the next book answers some of the questions left hanging in this one. And I suppose that is the idea :)If you are looking for a fast paced, light, easy read this book will work quite well. Lots of romance, lots of happy. I for one like a bit of romance and happy now and then.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really like the concept behind this book - the look into vintage couture dresses and jewelry fascinates me. I am a home sewer and love vintage wear and live for stories about couture. I could envision the beautiful dresses and wanted to see them myself. The story of how Athena runs into Drew again after all these years and the problem with the dresses from his family vault is great in concept. Most of the book had me enthralled. But overall I was left feeling kind of ho-hum about it. I think the execution was hurried by the end - most of the book was spent developing a wonderful story, but not enough time was given to concluding it. It was really hurried.That said - I did enjoy this book and look forward to reading more by Ms. Bodine. I am guessing there are more stories in this series coming since Athena has two more sisters. I also want to read Talk of the Town. The characters in A Black Tie Affair are great - I loved Athena, she is struggling with her feelings for Drew and her own self-confidence which is somewhat linked to Drew. Drew truthfully hasn't forgotten Athena but he still feels betrayed by her actions from long ago. The attraction starts right back up when they meet but they are both fighting it and each other. There is great tension and mystery in the book and the romance is good. It is a good book - I just wish it had been a little longer.However I suggest you check it out for yourself as this is just my opinion.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
4 STARSWell this is the third Sherrill Bodine book that I have read this week. I have like all three. This one has an almost unbelievable poison in it. That actually did happen to a real person. Though I don't know if the sideeffects are the same.Athena, Venus, and Diana Smith are sisters who are opening a store together Pandora's Box. A Vintage couture bazaar. Their father was let go of his shop after working for years at Clayworth's. Their father won't discuss it and Clayworths won't either they signed papers to that fact.Athena doesn't want to do anything with them now, but she was in the process to get 4 vintage couture gowns of Bertha Palmer that are stored in a secret underground bomb shelter. The exhibt would be part of a scholarship fundraiser that her assistent would get.When in the bombshelter in the vault by herself after an hour she is having halllucinations that Bertha is their and Jackie O but she was leaving so she was going to follow her. Bridget got Athena to the emergency room for help. was Bridget was too worried about getting Athena to medical care she did not lock up the bombshelter and the four dresses were stollen.Athena one of the side effects was telling the truth. She was calling Drew's name and so he went to see her in her hospital room.Drew Clayworth lost his parents at 18 and Athena betrayed him when she was 17. Since then they stayed out of each others way. Now the 4 dresses that were taken could infect others and they could be sued if others were harmed.So Drew and Athena had to work together to find the dresses and they spend a lot of time together and look back at the things and see what happened. As they find the dresses one by one.Who knew that old dresses could end up poisoning those around them in just the right conditions (or wrong ones)I enjoyed reading Black Tie affair and can't wait to read Diana's story if their is one coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Talk of the town, but this book was basically a yawner. Not good much character depth, and the story line held no suspense whatsoever. Fortunately, the book was relatively short, which was a relief. There was absolutely no place to go with such a weak plot line and character development.
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bookworm11gj More than 1 year ago
First time reading this Author, it held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable story of a forever love you rarely hear about these days. The beginning was a tad slow but once the main charchters saw one another, game on!!! I finished it in one night easily. And anyone that loves contemporary romance will enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst written books I ever tried to read. I couldn't read it all.
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chaotic_reviewer More than 1 year ago
I started this book, thinking that it would just be like any other romance novel. But let me be the first to tell you that it wasn't! Sherrill kept me turning the pages just to find out what happened next. I kept asking myself "What happened?" "When will they see the light?" and many other questions throughout this book. The ending leaves a little to be desired, but makes you want more!! I finished the book in a little less than 12 hours and I can't wait to read Sherrill's next book. Bring us some more of those Clayworth's!!!
crystal_fulcher More than 1 year ago
I really like the concept behind this book - the look into vintage couture dresses and jewelry fascinates me. I am a home sewer and love vintage wear and live for stories about couture. I could envision the beautiful dresses and wanted to see them myself. The story of how Athena runs into Drew again after all these years and the problem with the dresses from his family vault is great in concept. Most of the book had me enthralled. But overall I was left feeling kind of ho-hum about it. I think the execution was hurried by the end - most of the book was spent developing a wonderful story, but not enough time was given to concluding it. It was really hurried. That said - I did enjoy this book and look forward to reading more by Ms. Bodine. I am guessing there are more stories in this series coming since Athena has two more sisters. I also want to read Talk of the Town. The characters in A Black Tie Affair are great - I loved Athena, she is struggling with her feelings for Drew and her own self-confidence which is somewhat linked to Drew. Drew truthfully hasn't forgotten Athena but he still feels betrayed by her actions from long ago. The attraction starts right back up when they meet but they are both fighting it and each other. There is great tension and mystery in the book and the romance is good. It is a good book - I just wish it had been a little longer. However I suggest you check it out for yourself as this is just my opinion.
gl More than 1 year ago
A Black Tie Affair introduces us to two influential and good looking families, the Clayworth men and the celebrated Smith sisters, in such a way that if this doesn't turn into a series I will be deeply disappointed. Bodine builds up the Clayworth fortune and mystique, I keep wondering about their family's history and lifestyle. If you like shows like Dirty Sexy Money or Gossip Girl like I do, you'll probably find A Black Tie Affair thoroughly entertaining. While A Black Tie Affair is a love story first and foremost, Bodine has woven in details from her love and knowledge of high fashion. These fashion details and the undercurrent of mystery make A Black Tie Affair a stand out romantic read! My only negative criticism: the book seemed much too short. I look forward to learning what happens to the next Smith sister and Clayworth heir. ISBN-10: 0446618594 - mass market paperback $6.99 Publisher: Forever (January 1, 2010), 220 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Fate is a magical and wonderful mystery in our lives that throws out surprises we never expect and occasionally some bloopers we could live without. Athena Smith is getting a huge dose of both right now and she will have to take the good with the unexpected and roll with the way things play out. She may have been named for the Goddess of Wisdom but past mistakes make her question that particular title as it applies to her. Athena has finally gotten permission to inspect and display the Bertha Smith antique dress collection at the Fashion Institute of Chicago where she is the curator. But the catch is the dresses are part of the Clayworth family collection and this forces her to interact with her childhood love Drew Clayworth. Drew is the man that she has always loved but also the one she can never forgive because he broke her heart and caused hurt beyond recovery. Drew is equally leery of having Athena back in his life as well but fate has stepped in and brought them back together reminding him of everything he had and lost. He loved her so much but had to let her go when the tragedy of losing his parents in the Fastnet. This ultimate sailboat racing event was something he pushed his parents into and felt guilt when it took their lives. All this grief that Drew put upon his shoulders did not leave room for Athena or her love. Now they are thrown back together when the dresses that Athena wants to display are stolen and apparently causing whoever touches them to have a chemical reaction that makes the wearer act in interesting and "truthful" ways. Athena and Drew are both holding back a secret or two that could cause this reconciliation to crumble like the antique dresses they are trying to find but is withholding the information worse than the truth even when Drew is not telling Athena that he now plans to race in the Fastnet. Athena also has her sisters to contend with, the opening of their vintage collection store and allot of family meddling all surrounding trying to keep Athena apart from Drew. All of the sisters worry about their father who was terminated by Drew's family business and how that will all play out when Drew is confronted with the issue and the part he played in the termination. The search for the dresses becomes an adventure in more ways than one and both Athena and Drew are reminded that they are so much better together than apart despite the road blocks facing them. They may be able to sail out together but not on calm waters the way things keep popping up to toss them around. This book makes you believe in the magic of love and the wonder of everything happening for a reason. Some life events are mysterious and some wonderful but true happiness at being reunited with the love of your life not much else can go wrong - or so we hope. What a great book with wonderful characters and amazing underlying mystery. The tie-in to the next book in this series is enough to make you wish time moved faster and the next book was about to be released. It is not fate that has Ms. Bodine writing such a great story but the talent of a good writer. Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer") www.marygramlich.com
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Sherrill Bodine claims that family is her number one passion, writing second, and philanthropy or travel as a dead pan for third. She has written books under the pen name Leslie Lynn, (Buried Shadows, A Soldier's Heart, and Autumn Loves), and also under the pen name Lynn Leslie, (Street of Dreams, Defy the Night, and The Other Amanda.) The other title under her name is Talk of the Town. Sherrill resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Fashion curator Athena Smith was overjoyed to find she was finally going to be able to get her hands on the Clayworth family's couture collection for her museum exhibit. But when she's called in to authenticate the rare gowns, they turn out to be laced with toxins, causing her to pass out and wake up face-to-face with her first love, Drew Clayworth. Drew still believes that Athena betrayed him all those years ago, but his traitorous heart still beats wildly for her. And now the gowns have gone missing, causing him to have to work closely with her to retrieve the priceless part of Chicago history before anyone else gets sick. Can the past be put behind them to finally move on, or will more lies keep them apart forever? The plot and pacing for this book seemed a bit rushed to me, especially at the end, and the way that the dresses were coincidentally found was almost too easy, but neither of these things deterred me from reading. What makes this book stand out for me was the author's ability to use internal thoughts and punch them into stellar one-liners. It made the characters so much more dimensional, complete with lovable flaws. You really found yourself relating to them and rooting for them. The tension between the hero and heroine was sexy right from the start, jumping off the page. The secondary characters were endearing. I would love to see spin off books on Athena's sisters. Though the gowns had toxins in them and then were stolen, this book was intended to be a light-hearted romance and not a suspense. Readers can get a real feel for Chicago in this book, as well as information on what goes on in the world of museum curators. You won't be slammed by unnecessary facts, but you will come away knowing more than you did. Recommended! Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer
harstan More than 1 year ago
Chicago History Museum costume curator Athena Smith looks forward to seeing the Bertha Palmer collection owned by John Clayworth and Company though that means potentially dealing with the man who broke her heart Drew Clayworth. The firm's Security Chief Bridget O'Flynn takes her to the renowned Secret Closet. Athena is ecstatic as she gently touches the four dresses unaware of the toxin they contain. Athena wakes up in the hospital after hallucinating that Drew stayed with her to help her learn the truth about her father's alleged indiscretion. Drew believes Athena betrayed him though he has not moved past his feelings for her. However, while she was rushed to the hospital, someone stole the valuable nineteenth century dresses. Athena offers to find the dresses as she has the contacts if someone tries a sale so Drew accepts. Neither welcomes the attraction that remains strong. The Talk of the Town in Chicago is Sherrill Bodine's wonderful second city romance. A second chance at love thriller, fans will enjoy the rocky ride between two individuals who distrust one another as they hold the other culpable for their break-up. Although the whodunit takes a backseat to the romance, fans will enjoy Ms. Bodine's entertaining joy ride. Harriet Klausner