WHO SHOULD MELISSA MARRY? by Doris Cassiday

WHO SHOULD MELISSA MARRY?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That publicity-surfing entrepreneur Bill Adler, who created and decimated the Robins family (Who Killed the Robins Family?, 1984, etc.), is at it again, this time with another contest novel. A $10,000 prize will go to the lucky reader who provides the 750-word essay that makes the best case for one of Seattle sportscaster Melissa Bonner's suitors: quarterback Barry Ford, who unwittingly insults Melissa's father on camera and turns his attempt to apologize into a romantic pursuit; Jonathan Stark, Melissa's fondly remembered old teacher, now president of the University of Seattle; and Andrew Royce, the bodyguard hired by Channel 8 to protect Melissa from whoever's been sending her threatening news clips and drowned her dog. The stalker will be identified just before the final fade-out, which will leave Melissa panting in all three sets of aspiring arms -- and in some ways identifying him is more compelling, if less potentially lucrative, than identifying the optimal mate for a woman whose ""love of action-oriented people,"" as Andrew sagely puts it, ""is balanced by [her] love of intellectually oriented people."" But there's no denying that fashion writer Cassiday's moderately interesting son-of-Silhouette romance is easier to take than the telegraphic, wildly formulaic demises of the Robinses.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1994
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Carol