Clara Longworth and her brother Henry are on their way to Hollywood for a fresh start when their bus breaks down. They end up in Flagstaff, Arizona and Clara fills in for the entertainment for a nightclub. When she ends up being involved in a plot to blackmail a government official, she isn't so sure of her fresh start.
Julian Dyson is hoping to win the approval of his bosses back home in London by entertaining the government men for a few days. When one of them is blackmailed under his watch, he is sure that his opportunity for advancement is out.
Julian teams up with Clara to make sure he doesn't loose his job. He already knows that showgirls are trouble, but why does he want nothing more than to spend time in Clara's company?
This is the first book I've read by Debra E. Marvin and I loved her writing. I discovered that I own another book she's written, so it is getting bumped up the To Be Read pile! Julian and Clara were realistic and developed. I enjoyed reading about Henry, also. Clara has a nice little spiritual journey story arc. Besides the romance aspect of the story, there is also the mystery and suspense of who is doing the blackmailing. It was fun to not have figured it out before it was revealed in the book. All the historical details and culture of the 1930's setting were amazing and fun to read. I also really liked the astronomy terms at the beginning of each chapter and that they tied into the story.
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