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A Latina’s hope for love and success is hampered by an obligation to look after her party-girl stepsisters.

For Cynthia “Cyn” Lopez, living and working with Ami and Lila Solas, her twin stepsisters, has lost its charms. Sure, the girls have a certain supermodel glamour and cool jobs as on-air veejays for RTV, a music television station, but these “Devil Divas” treat their sister like a glorified maid, demanding that she fetch lattes and clean up messes. The only reason Cyn, 24, actually tolerates these ugly-on-the-inside creatures is to honor the last wish of her dying father—that she keep the family together, at least until she turns 25. At that point Cyn will inherit the bulk of his fortune—provided her stepmother doesn’t spend it all. Cyn has no choice but to tolerate the twin’s abuse. She does, however, enjoy hanging out at the station and proves to have such a knack for the business that the studio manager makes her an honorary (unpaid) Program Director, allowing her to come up with ideas. As for romance, Cyn’s long-dormant social life gets a lift when she meets a cute guy at Starbucks. Believing Eric to be a working stiff, and rightfully worried that predatory Lila and Ami will either scare or steal him away, she keeps her family history secret from her new beau. Turns out, though, that princely Eric is actually EJ Sandoval, CEO of AmerCon, a media conglomerate set to purchase RTV. Confusion ensues, the twins find out about Cyn’s relationship with Eric and “fire” her shortly before an important music-awards ceremony that Cyn had planned. It is then up to Cyn to try to make it right with Eric. So with help from the station’s flamboyant makeup artist and self-proclaimed “fairy godmother,” the newly delectable Cyn shows up at the event clad in a Valentino gown and, of course, crystal-heeled stilettos.

Berta’s (Friday Night Chicas, not reviewed) Latin-flavored chick-lit leaves no cliché unused.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-312-34172-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2006