The Blonde Theory
By Roberta Austin
Jun 1, 2007 - 5:13:00 AM

Harper Roberts should be deliriously happy when she is the youngest lawyer to make partner at thirty-two. That stupendous achievement becomes bittersweet when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her. He is a lawyer for a firm that has fallen on hard times and Harper's success is too intimidating for him. Surely there is someone out there who can love and appreciate Harper for who she is. After three years of dreary dates the answer seems to be no. A law firm social function makes Harper even more aware that she is one of the few unmarrieds in an atmosphere where there is unspoken pressure to have a spouse to fit in and advance your career.

One of Harper's steadfast friends works for a glossy woman's magazine and proposes Harper do dating research for an upcoming article. Harper is hesitant, but finally agrees to test out The Blonde Theory. This theory is that ditzy blondes really can attract more men than an intelligent career woman.
Harper is a charming character who knows the law and learns that the love of friends is even more important than romantic love.

The author deftly weaves the secondary characters into the storyline and brings then to life with clever dialog. Harper's dates provide laugh out loud moments. I will never look at the movie "Top Gun" the same again.  Kristen Harmel has once again hit on a precise and perfect blend of romance and humor in this second novel. The folks at 5 Spot have a true knack for picking out books that are quirky, yet satisfying, for the contemporary romance reader.

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