Maddy has simple wants in life. At 27,
she wants to produce for Newsline, have a cute guy and
a real designer handbag, or at least a knockoff that has a
sewn-on label and not a badly glued on one . What she has is
a dead-end job at News 9, where if “it bleeds it leads” if
not, then it will go nowhere, no boyfriend, divorcing parents,
a live-in hormonal 16-year-old sister and oh yeah a
counterfeit Kate Spade bag that the label isn’t even sewn on
to. Did I mention no boyfriend? Heck, she can’t even keep a
date with a loser Czechoslovakian surfer, who loves soccer.
But, now maybe her luck is turning. She
is producing her own segment; too bad it is with the
narcissistic talking head at News 9. Oh yeah, her new
cameraman is the hottest guy she has seen in a long time, but
he turns out to be engaged. Add to this her father is having
a baby with his new woman, who is younger than Maddy and you
will decide that her luck is definitely not turning.
But, what happens when her knockoff
handbag guy offers her the story of a lifetime? Will she
figure out how to step up and take on the story? Will the one
night she and Jamie connect turn into more? More important
than all of that, can she help her sister who is suddenly in a
whole lot more trouble than anyone though possible?
News Blues is another
winner from Marianne Mancusi. This book has it all, lust,
drugs and even maybe some killer make-up. Ok, so not really
on the killer make-up but the rest of it is true. Ms.
Mancusi does a wonderful job writing about the stressful work
of being a producer, suddenly caring for a sibling as well as
primadonna “talking heads” and lust. I found that the way
the chapters all started with a crazy email helped to set the
tone for the ongoing dialogue. Additionally, there is a super
suspenseful story that happens with drugs and drug lords. As
well, add to this some forbidden lust and a few too many
margaritas and you get this wonderful story. I thoroughly
enjoyed News Blues and think you will also.