Perfect Switch
Lisa Plumley
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Perfect Switch

Lisa Plumley
352 pages
May 2004
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Meredith Madison is housesitting for her actress twin sister, Marley, while Marley is on her honeymoon. Bored with her life as an advertising historian, Meredith decides to take Marley's place at an actor fantasy camp. Little does Meredith know how difficult it will be for someone who lives in cargo pants and flip-flops to switch to miniskirts and stilettos.

Tony Valentine has made a name for himself as a dot-com guru in New York City. But now he's in Hollywood making a last ditch effort to save the has-been Valentine studios from financial doom. Tony decides this actor fantasy camp is the perfect idea--take a diva actress, have her teach classes on "Tabloid Tattling" and "Star Schmoozing" and give the general public the experience of a lifetime. He doesn't count on Marley being Unable to act? And he also doesn't count on falling head-over-heels in lust with this beautiful woman he hired.

I suppose Perfect Switch would probably be enhanced had I read Perfect Together, which details the story of Marley. However, I didn't, and I felt like I was thrown into the middle of a story where I had never met the characters and the author didn't bother to introduce them to me. I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how the world wouldn't know that Marley had gotten married and was on her honeymoon. Celebrity weddings are huge with the media, and it seemed a glaring error that Meredith could pretend to be Marley without someone at the fantasy camp knowing that she wasn't Marley.

The romance between Tony and Meredith is cute and fun. Tony discovers Meredith's identity almost immediately, so that isn't an issue between the two of them. There is a lot of sexual tension which adds interest and sensuality to the story. Meredith undergoes some growth and transformation over the course of her stay at the fantasy camp. She learns about taking risks, following her heart, and that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The supporting characters add quite a bit of comic relief and round out the storyline. Especially memorable is Tony's extended family, who reminded me a bit of a Mafia family, out to save their movie studio at any cost.

Perfect Switch is pleasant, but not particularly memorable. If you are a fan of Plumley's other books, and have read Perfect Together, then Perfect Switch may be a good choice for you. Otherwise, skip it and read something a bit more believable.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Melissa Parcel, 2004

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