By Eugene Roome
The Tinseltown Tarts were at one point a popular girl band in Eugene Roome’s The Available Tart. The group eventually disbands over internal conflict while Ana, known as the Red Russian, continues with a solo career. The other three members, three sisters – Paula, Wendy, and Claudia – go on with life until a tragic event reunites the women; Paula has a brain aneurism. Although not the exact thing you want to happen to bring friends back together, but this event reunited these ladies and Paula made it through to boot.
Each of the women are married save for Ana. As the group starts playing together again, there is a particular gentleman, Pete, who is very interested in the Red Russian – aka Baby by the group. The group’s first reaction is to ensure Baby’s safety by making sure he isn’t a stalker. Once he passes snuff with the stalker test, the women allow the contact to take place. Unbeknownst to Pete as he is given the opportunity to get to know Ana, his life is being torn apart bit by bit to make sure he is appropriate for her. Without any spoilers I’ll just say my jaw dropped and I laughed at some of the stuff that Pete had to deal with. Can love make it through?
With the exception of some needed proofing, this book is extremely well written. Mr. Roome develops his characters brilliantly through the use of dialogue. I didn’t feel exactly fulfilled though, as if the climax was missing. My only warning for readers is very mild sexual content and a few overly done monologues
All in all, The Available Tart is a great read that I enjoyed very much. I was able to get a little insight into the music world. Although I think I’d have to say my favorite thing about this book was the bond between the women…and their husbands as well. The strength of those bonds not only protects the women and their families, it reinforces the importance of both close friendship and family. This is definitely a book I’d add to your bookshelf!