Friday 28 August 2009

Book ~ "Double Standards" (1984) Judith McNaught

From Amazon ~ Nick Sinclair, the ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries, handled his business the way he handled his women -- with charm, daring and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Lauren Danner and assumed the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Lauren's flashing wit and rare spirit dazzled him; slowly, against his will, he was intrigued, challenged -- and in love. Yet Lauren was living a lie, a charade that became more dangerous with every passing moment. Her secret could destroy Nick's fragile trust -- and the promise of a future with the most compellingly seductive man she had ever met ...

This book was originally published in 1984. It was a hoot to read chick lit from more than 20 years ago:
  • Lauren is a secretary with stenographic skills and uses a typewriter ... not a computer in sight!
  • Lauren wears velour shorts with a matching top ... I remember that fashion!
  • Lauren drives a six month old Trans Am.
  • Nick is an experienced 37-year-old; he's intense and carrying the hurt of the abandonment of his mother ... our typical hero from that time.
  • Lauren is a 23-year-old virgin (our typical heroine from that time) who falls in love with Nick the second she meets him and gives herself to him within four days.
  • Lauren is shocked when Nick doesn't want to marry after their experience together.
  • Nick humiliates Lauren when he thinks he has discovered her betrayal and takes a month or so to discover the truth (he is, BTW, tortured by thoughts of her). He comes to her at her sick dad's house in a small town and wins her over (even though she yells at him to leave). They marry within three days. I bet there was a baby within the year cuz marriage and babies completed women back then.
Back in the 80s, I read McNaught's books and enjoyed them. It was a simpler, more innocent time, I guess.

I don't know if I could go back in time again anytime soon.

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