THE SWEET SPOT

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Zoe Andrews is having one of the worst days of her life. On the way to audition for her dream job, her car dies in the middle of nowhere. Her boyfriend does not answer their home phone or his cell phone and she has no money to take a taxi, so she decides to run as far as she can to the interview. But then she stubs her toe. Admitting defeat, she goes back to her low-paying, uninteresting job at a local cable station where she covers exciting assignments like pig wrestling.

Zoe's problems worsen when her relationship with her soap-star boyfriend ends and she has no place to go. Then she loses her job after an attempt to give her career a much-needed boost results in the humiliation of a popular sports figure in a nationally broadcast sports segment.

Zoe goes on to do the one thing that she vowed she would not do in her career: work for a "gossip rag." The money gives her independence, the perks are unbelievable and she is allowed to follow Oakland Raider Kahari Brown too. It is a job she can't refuse.

Pulling Zoe out of an impossible corner as well as penning a successful relationship between her and Kahari shows Perrin's gift for great storytelling. Sometimes comical, sometimes serious and sometimes thought-provoking as Zoe deals with life issues, this novel is a definite day brightener. (Jun., 292 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims