Fans of Colleen Sweeney, a politically correct librarian with a checkered sexual past, will be happy to learn she's back. At the end of The Lord's Motel (LJ 9/1/92), she had just met Gabriel Benedict, a serious young doctor working in an emergency room. In this sequel, she moves into his condo in God's Country Club and struggles to make the relationship work. Although he seems to be Mr. Right, there are challenges. He's from a wealthy family in Fort Worth; she's from a dysfunctional family and has a homeless father. While Gabriel's mother spends her days at a spa, Colleen interviews homeless people to develop a library services outreach program for the disadvantaged. Can this couple find happiness in today's complicated world? The novel is filled with clashes between the sexes, races, classes, and the North and South. However, the issues are handled with good humor, so they don't become tedious. Recommended.Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Corp. Information Resources Ctr., Washington, D.C.
In a sequel to her debut The Lord's Motel (1992), former librarian Storey continues the romantic, tongue-in-cheek adventures of the comically neurotic Colleen Sweeney, besting the urban upheavals of modern Houston.
Having escaped the clutches of the lecherous Web Desiderio in the last novel, Colleen finally hooks Mr. Right in the form of Gabriel Benedict, ER doctor, tall rich Texan, and all-around sensitive guy. Colleen moves into his country club condo for a thinly veiled marriage tryout. Gabriel, who's getting in touch with his feminine side to avoid another traumatic divorce, is the man of Colleen's dreams, but, in her own words, "Worry is how organized people like me take care of their catastrophes in advance." Which is not to say that the anxious Colleen doesn't have anything to worry about: To retain her job at the library, she's volunteered to take library services to the homeless, bringing her face-to-face with the less fortunate residents of Houston. Raised in the Boston projects herself, and with a father who is currently homeless, Colleen should be familiar with the ravages of poverty, though unfortunately the conversations she has with her target group are naïve enough to sound like simplistic propaganda. Furthermore, once she and Gabriel become engaged, complications ariseentering into Texas society, making wedding plans, keeping her unconventional family hidden from Gabriel and his parents, Peaches and King, winning over Gabriel's obstinate son. Along the way, Storey offers comic one-liners on the absurdities of modern relationships, feminist networking, and a whole host of other post-yuppie targets, providing a Texas-size helping of zingers and satirical commentary. There's even a running analysis of the Charles and Di fiasco as a paradigm of modern love.
Engaging and casually endearing, but there are no surprises here, and the "issues" are rendered with too heavy a hand.