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Riddles and Rhymes #317 – Joan Elliott Pickart (March 1989)
Cover Art: Ed Tadiello
Meetup: Hero walks into a used bookstore the heroine had just inherited from her eccentric aunt, and with a ray of sunshine dancing off his blond hero hair, they fall immediately in lust, followed promptly by love.
Conflict: Hero is a painter, and painting has been his mistress. Though he’s ready to commit, heroine doubts his love will withstand his next gallery show. Also, there’s a detective story running through this one, with guns, federal agents, and references to Hart to Hart.
80s standouts: She’s a high school English teacher on summer break, who, had she not inherited the used book store (if not anachronistic enough), would have spent the summer delivering telephone books.
His fashion: One yellow knit shirt tucked into faded jeans. Not too terrible.
Her fashion: Turquoise dress. Appropriate only for mother of the bride dresses, or dresses for women who were in their 20s in the 80s.
The Penetration Station:
He kissed her once more, then lifted his head to watch her face as he entered her with a smooth power, filling her, bringing to her honeyed haven all that he was as a man
Yes, that’s right. Her honeyed haven.
Survey Says: Another one of Joan’s fun romps. References to Fletch throughout warmed my heart.