IN BETWEEN MEN by Mary Castillo


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Mousy Isa Avellan is voted by her students to be the school's least sexy teacher, and soon the single soccer mom is on her way to a revamped image and a backseat love affair.

When Isa discovers that she is at the bottom of her high school’s “Sex Savvy Senior Survey,” she feels humiliated. Despite the fact that she adores watching the sizzling dolled-up babes on Dynasty, poor Isa doesn't know a frock from a frappe—and she's not sure if she wants to get caught up in a world where women grab men's attention with “slut clothes.” However, when she hears her slimy ex-husband on shock radio gabbing about the senior survey and his ex's lack of bedroom prowess, Isa accepts a pity date with her son's hunky soccer coach, Alex. With the help of a few with-it friends (and some advice from Joan Collins), Isa gets a smoking-hot makeover complete with a haircut, gobs of makeup and a slinky new wardrobe that turns her into a busty sexpot. With a jolt of confidence, Isa finds herself steering the pity date into an entirely new direction: the backseat. She and Alex, who is grappling with his own professional and personal concerns, throw caution—and condoms—to the wind and launch into a steamy love affair. Feeling like she has escaped the teenage prophecy, Isa is on top of the world. She has a new man and a new lease on life—and suddenly a peculiar feeling in her tummy. To make matters worse, the devoted mom discovers that her son isn't quite ready for his family of two to multiply. What is a newly sexy chica to do?

The premise of Castillo’s third novel, after Hot Tamara (2005), fizzles with too-few romantic twists and a humdrum plot.

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-076682-4
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2006