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Sykes (Bergdorf Blondes, 2004) turns her affectionately satiric attention to the A-list divorce circuit.

When new hubby Hunter is called away to work on the television show he’s producing, Sylvie finds herself alone on her honeymoon. She soon meets Lauren and Tinsley, glam gals who are staying at the same luxurious Mexican resort on a different kind of honeymoon: They’re celebrating their recent divorces. Lauren, Sylvie’s new best friend, sets as her goal to make out with five men between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Soon Sylvie’s friends are back in New York changing designer outfits even more often than they’re attending parties, jetting off to hot spots and meeting new eligible and not-so-eligible men. Lauren, an heiress in her own right and a jewelry trader, is pursued by an elderly married tycoon but finds herself in Moscow attracted to the mysterious owner of a fabulous jewel. Wandering through the pages are all the stereotypical rich, beautiful, shallow society types readers of In Style know so well. And, of course, there is the gay interior decorator sidekick/confidante whom Lauren hires to decorate Sylvie’s apartment. When Hunter finally comes home from his trip, he turns out to be not only handsome but also loving and sensitive, a real catch—except that there is a catch; he has hired as an assistant the man-eater Sophia. Is Sylvie’s marriage threatened almost before it begins? Not to worry, Hunter is true-blue. Besides, in the best and only truly nasty bit here, a divorced Arabian princess arranges for Sophia’s comeuppance by introducing her to a handsome Arab prince whom Sophia marries, only to find herself stuck in his Saudi harem.

The semi-existent plot and ditzy characters serve as background for a lesson in what to wear if you have money to burn.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-4013-5244-8
Page count: 288pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006