Mary Persistence Marsh left a life of high society, corporate law, and family pressures to become Persy Marsh, odd-jobber and do-gooder. She holds various jobs at a hotel run by the uptight, handsome Jordan Prince. After an uncomfortable run in, Jordan asks her out but they clash over many subjects, especially the employees’ demand for a safe pathway between the neighborhood and hotel.
Once Persy is robbed and hurt while walking home, Jordan changes his mind on the issue. He also loosens up long enough to allow Persy to install a successful recycling program at the hotel.
Persy meets Jordan’s parents at a party and is immediately fearful that Jordan wants her to become like one of the high society women he used to date and that she used to be. She breaks off their relationship, but realizes after Jordan is hurt that they may be meant to be together.
Jordan meets Persy for the first time when she is trying to deal with the dog she is walking that is about to pee on the foyer floor of one of his hotels. He is almost instantly attracted to her, and finds himself asking her out on a date. The date doesn’t go off according to plan – they go to somewhere completely out of their comfort zones -and Persy puts Jordan even further out of his comfort zone by what she eats.
Persy has several jobs in the hotel (waitress, dog walker and casino worker in particular) with odd shift patterns, and after the disastrous first date, they keep bumping into each other, despite agreeing to avoid each other.
The pair find they cant help seeking each out, catching kisses there and there, even when they are on opposite sides over the provision of lighting in a hotel staff walkway. Things come to a head when Persy is attacked, which forces Jordan to make a decision.
Every time they meet, Jordan finds out something about Persy, including that she trained as a corporate lawyer, who prefers helping people, and refuses to conform to her mother’s need to be a true Southern Belle and be married to a rich man. When Persy attends a Prince social event as Jordan’s date, and meets his mother, she realises that perhaps there is too much at stake, and wonders whether she wants to get involved in that type of life again.
Jordan is not a classic leading man – there are times, even after he and Persy split up, when he comes across as an arrogant, preening man, who considers money and good looks are more important than a personality and principles.
Whilst there is some heavy petting there is no actual sex in this story – not even a cut away. The secondary characters are moderately developed, and are used to demonstrate Persy’s character and need to help others.
The ending is not traditional, in that there is no real ending! There is no marriage, living together etc which can be frustrating. Whilst I enjoyed this book, i think that I preferred “The Mad Herringtons” by the same author.