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Chocolate & Vinegar
by Toni C. LoTempio   

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Publisher: ISBN-10:  1930756569 Type: 


Copyright:  Apr 4 2000

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A romantic comedy involving mistaken identity, lies, deception, and the age old battle of the sexes.

A Recipe for Romance:

Take one divorced secretary who's written a steamy novel under an alter-ego; mix in a publishing magnate who can't stand her book; add a dash of a wisecracking best friend/agent, and stir in a sultry editor who believes the aforementioned author is a male--then throw in a wise red tabby (Vinegar) and a sultry Siamese (Chocolate) and you have the makings of a good, old fashioned screwball romantic comedy -- Chocolate and Vinegar!

Casey Catherine Farraday is a divorced secretary whose raunchy novel, Steam Heat, has been picked up by McCarron Publishing. The first trouble is -- the only way she could get it published was to pretend a man wrote it. The second trouble is -- the company President, Preston Frawley, feels the book hits a little too close to home to suit him and wants to quash it. However, Preston's vice president of acquisitions and former lover, Celia Dayton, has developed a crush on Steam Heat's author, K.C. Starling, even though she's never met "him" and pushes the book through for publication.

In the meantime, Preston is unaware that his next door neighbor, a lovely blonde on whom he has a crush is Casey Farraday, aka K. C. Starling, the author of Steam Heat! Sparks begin to fly when the couple meet, each unaware of the other's true identity or intentions -- Casey's plan to substitute a dipsomaniac actor as K.C. Starling -- and Preston's plan to takeover control of the company and terminate Steam Heat's publication!

The tail (excuse me, tale) as narrated by Casey's pet cat, Vinegar, follows the couple's misadventures through courtship, to discovering each other's real identity, to the inevitable breakup and finally--what else--a happy ending!


My name is Vinegar Farraday, and I’m a gorgeous redhead. Okay, I’m a little on the hefty side, but what the hell! There’s more of me to love! Actually, I’m what you call a domestic shorthaired short, I’m an alley cat. Most people wonder about my name…that’s kind of an interesting story. Seems that when I was just a kitten, I knocked over a whole pitcher of vinegar and rolled around in it, really stinking the place up! Hence my name. I’m currently involved with a beautiful, sexy, seal-point Siamese cat named Chocolate. As cats go, we’re total opposites, just like our names. Chocolate and Vinegar. How we got together is kind of a cute story, but enough about us...our respective master’s tale is far more interesting!

I’m here to tell you the story of my owner, Casey Catherine Farraday. She’s a swell looking human, as humans go. Us cats couldn’t care less, as long as the food bowl’s filled.

Anyway, about three years ago, Casey Catherine got herself divorced from her husband, Eric Farraday. Eric was what you humans would call a "supreme jerk". He was real rich, which was about his only redeeming quality. He didn’t have any others. What he did have was an overactive libido, which got him into a bushel of trouble when Casey Catherine came home early from a weekend trip and caught him in their Jacuzzi with a blonde model. She broke a bottle of champagne (Dom Perignon, no less) over his head and walked out, moved back to New York from their Connecticut home and with her share of the divorce settlement, took herself a ritzy apartment in one of New York’s better reconditioned brownstone buildings. She took this particular apartment because: a) it was three blocks from the office building in which she’d taken a job (that hefty settlement from Eric wasn’t going to last forever, hence she returned to the world of the "working wounded") and b) it allowed her to have pets, and she wasn’t about to give me up, nor my two brothers, Romeo and Stickshift. She won us in the divorce settlement also, and all I can say is, thank God! I don’t know about you, but we felines do get tired of seeing a different female naked body every time we turn around! It gets confusing.

Anyway, Casey Catherine always had a desire to write, sort of a latent talent, I believe you humans

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4 stars

Vinegar Farraday has a story to tell, but it's not about him. Its about his Mistress, Casey Catherine Farraday, a.k.a. K.C. Starling, and the guy who lives across the hall, Preston Frawley, a.k.a. Grant Foster. Both humans live a double life, Casey -- by day a mild mannered secretary and by night a writer of erotic "smut", and Preston by day a publishing mogul and by night a computer salesman who does erotic things to Casey.

Since the paying public doesn't seem interested in what she really loves to write about, Casey has decided to give them what they want; erotic sexcapades written by a sexy, blush provoking man. Unfortunately Casey's plan develops a problem, when the guy across the hall turns out to be the owner of the company that wants to publish her novel, STEAM HEAT. This wouldn't normally be a problem, but 1. Casey is in love with him, and 2. He hates her book and will stop at nothing to keep it from being published. How
will he react when he discovers Casey is K.C. Starling? How will Casey react when Grant turns into her worst publishing nightmare? Will Vinegar and Chocolate get a happily ever after?

This is a great romance. Full of comedy and tears, this book will keep you reading, chapter after chapter. Well written and edited, Chocolate and Vinegar will make your heart flutter, and your face flush. It would make a good addition to anyone's romance collection. -- Lisa Hurley for Tracy's Book Reviews


Kathy's Raves & Faves
T. C. Lotempio tells this story from a cat's point of view - Vinegar, the red tabby, to be precise. Vinegar just can't understand humans sometimes. His human Casey Catherine Farraday seems to be the worst of all.

Casey has just written a smutty book called STEAM HEAT and it's been accepted for publication by McCarron Publishing. She is using a pen name to publish it. The powers that be at McCarron mistakenly believe that her pen name, K. C. Starling is a man. June, Casey's agent and best friend, talks Casey into going with it and they even hire a man to play the part of K. C. Starling.

Meanwhile Casey is seriously attracted to the man in Apartment A. He's also attracted to her but they've never had a chance to do anything about this attraction. They both act like the other doesn't even exist but Vinegar and Chocolate put an end to that quite soon. Chocolate is Preston's female cat.

The problem is Apartment A is none other than Preston Frawley, the owner of McCarron Publishing and he's dead set against having his Publishing Company publish K. C. Starling's book. Casey doesn't know who Preston is though and Preston has no idea who Casey is. This book just gets better and better.

I laughed through this whole book. I thought the way T. C Lotempio had Vinegar, the cat, narrate the story was such a funny idea. I look forward to reading more books from this author. -- Kathy

Kim's Reviews
Fantastic….."Chocolate and Vinegar" by T.C. LoTempio is a fabulous story. Sultry author Casey Catherine Farraday aka K.C. Starling has no idea of the intrigue and turmoil she's created as she publishes her novel Steam Heat. Tempers rise, passions soar, and heartaches develop as the true identity of Casey comes to pass. You'll laugh and cry as you watch Casey jump one hurtle after another in search of a peaceful solution and of course, everlasting love. -- Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona

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