Charleston gold-digger operating in Dallas hits rock bottom before redeeming herself in Ray’s saccharine follow-up to Like the First Time.
Jana Franklin, beautiful, pampered playgirl, is on the rebound from her third marriage, at age 32. Living in a cheap Dallas motel when her money runs out, she must find a new sugar daddy. This time, her past catches up with her. When she makes an appearance at Priscilla Haynes’s charity gala, sporting chipped nail polish and outmoded dress, no one will come near her. Shunned by society, and hungry, she faints in the upscale linen store Midnight Dreams, owned by divorcee and single mother Olivia Maxwell and her protective, handsome Texan brother Tyler. Although Tyler is suspicious of this apparent street walker, Olivia is a Good Samaritan. After getting Jana checked out of the ER by devastatingly handsome Cuban-born Dr. Julian Cortez, who subsequently develops a crush on Olivia, the Maxwells offer Jana a place to stay and a job at the linen store. In effect, Jana is granted a chance to turn her life around, and she mostly sticks to the good path, occasionally getting frustrated when former high-society acquaintances like Priscilla enter the shop and insult her. Along the way, Julian pursues lonely, reluctant Olivia, who is trying to be a good mother, while Tyler, the most honorable of love interests, keeps a respectful distance from gorgeous Jana, whom he has learned to trust in part because she gets along so well with Olivia’s young son.
Bad girl makes good in this transparent, unremarkable romance offering an uplifting Christian message.