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Secrets of Autumn by Joan Elliott Pickart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Secrets of Autumn #162 – Joan Elliott Pickart (Oct 1986)
Meetup: Slapstick. Heroine pretends to be unfashionable and unattractive while she temps for a handsome architect to gather psychological data for her dissertation.
Conflict: Hero falls in love with plain jane heroine because he’s looking to settle down, and feels betrayed when he learns that she is actually fashion-forward.
80s standouts: Were human subjects research protocols not run through an IRB in the 80s?
His fashion: Not terrible. Very little brown, surprisingly.
Her fashion: It wouldn’t be the 80s without a teal blue shirtwaist dress.
The Penetration Station: “He came to her with strength tempered by gentleness, and she received him with love” (p. 87). Meh. Not Joan’s strong suit.
Cover Art: Nick Caruso. They’re both wet.
Survey Says: Joan Elliott Pickart does fun romps better than tragic sap. This one was a romp. Fun and funny. Actually liked secondary character (hero’s male chum) – Bish Terzoni. Bish Terzoni?