“‘A Ph.D. in sex appeal?’ Grace Cavanaugh is hell-bent on proving her Women’s Studies dissertation thesis that beauty only leads to misery. And what better research subject than her great-aunt Sophia, a former B-movie star? Now eighty-five and facing surgery, Sophia has asked Grace for company…. Grace imagines a helpless, lonely old woman, forced to turn to a great-niece she barely knows. Instead, she finds the aging diva holding court in a Pebble Beach mansion, oozing a bombshell-itude – arthritis and wrinkles be damned – that captivates every male in site. To Grace’s dismay, her great-aunt decides a perfect distraction would be transforming the frumpy feminist into a femme fatale who purrs for her suitor…or devours them. She ordains classes in everything from carb cutting to lingerie, culminating in a challenging final exam. The newly svelte Grace must test her wiles – on both devilishly handsome and morally corrupt Declan and sensitive but painfully awkward Dr. Andrew. Newly unleashed desires – and the discovery of a closely held family secret – threaten the bookworm-turned-babe’s entire feminist upbringing. Her thesis gone sadly awry, Grace wonders if her great-aunt is right: Will trusting her heart lead her to find beauty in the most unexpected places?”
*NOTE: Summary lifted from back cover of the book.
Well, to be perfectly honest, I was skeptical about this book when I first started reading it. I had thought that I wouldn’t like it and then it would be a DRAG to read. Turns out, it wasn’t. Although, there were certainly parts that raised my hackles, especially at the beginning. Then again, that could be just me.
The book was obviously meant to call to a girl’s inner…bombshell, I guess? (To echo the book’s title. See what I did there? HAHA!) I mean, who wouldn’t want to be irresistible to every guy she meets right? But then towards the end, you realize, as the main character does, that it is more of being true to yourself and self-confidence, and open-mindedness than anything. And that, I think, is what won me over. Of course, it certainly helped that there was a happy ending, for everyone involved…except perhaps one. TEEHEE! :>
BOOKWORM RATING (4/5):
P.S.: Special mention goes to Aunt Sophia, you little devious granny you. I would high five you if I could. HAHA! :D