Factory manager James Bates promised Alice’s godmother Alicia that he’d stay for the six months it would take for Alice to learn the ins-and-outs of the condom business. His mother and sister are making his life miserable and he’s ready to leave the town of Sloane and see the rest of the world. What he hadn’t anticipated was for Alice to turn out to be such a buttoned up ‘prude’ who turns him on in a big way.
When Alice learns exactly what her inheritance consists of she decides to stay in Sloane and learn the business – much to Steven’s disapproval. Alice fully admits to herself that she’s in over her head but she’s determined to find out exactly what owning a condom company entails. Since she knows next to nothing about condoms it’s quite the experience attending her first board meeting and hearing the ‘oldies’ discussions over the features of their latest model of condom. There’s also the little issue of someone sabotaging the new design and Alice isn’t sure what to think about the Children of Nature cult’s harassment. Any testing of the condoms is going to have to be done ‘in house’ and that means James and Alice will be teaming up to ‘sample’ the merchandise. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Shelley Munro infuses the perfect amount of humor throughout this story to ensure readers smile through every page. I loved Alice’s innocent curiosity and how embarrassed she is over the frank discussions about the various condoms. FANCY FREE has plenty of suspense, humor, fascinating characters, sexual tension, and emotional context so that you can’t help but fall in love with these characters or this wacky town.