I thought this one sounded like good ol' 1980's cheeseball fun (it's a republish), along the lines of Judith Krantz books. (Judith Krantz, I miss you.) But.... I dunno, it got kind of weird in places and it wasn't as fun as I thought it might be.
Nearly 30 years ago, Eleanor Lord, owner of a chain of Macy's-esque stores, lost her son and daughter-in-law when they were murdered. Their 2-year-old daughter Anna was kidnapped and the maid that made off with her was also killed. Anna was never found. Eleanor has always been very insistent on looking for her lost granddaughter, posting ads all over the place every April and even resorting to consulting a psychic medium. This doesn't really ever go anywhere, though, so I don't know what the point of that was.
Eleanor's right hand man, Zach Deveraux, is the guy who investigates things such as all the frauds that pose as Anna. One lady was pretty well adopted by Eleanor until she made off with all the presents. Zach is a nice enough dude, but he unfortunately gets romantically involved with the wrong woman.
Eleanor's main remaining relative is her niece Miranda, the evil manipulative slutty bitch of the book. Need I say more? Of course she's after whatever power and money she can get and she will screw anyone for it. She takes up boinking Zach, and pushes for marriage once she gives a blowjob to the family lawyer and gets a peek at the will and sees that the stores are going to him. She pretty much stops the affection on the honeymoon and goes around screwing whoever. Stay classy, Miranda.
Our fourth main character is Alexandra Lyons, who as you might imagine, is the possible Anna. She grew up moving around all the time with her mother and twin brother(!), but after both of them died, she moved to Paris to pursue a career in fashion. Alex gets hired by her design idol and crush, Debord, which she's pretty happy about even if he passes her designs off as his own (he's having a rough year). Then they start sleeping together. Then he rapes her (though this is the kind of book that doesn't actually use the r-word) and then demands that they have a threesome....with the third being his SISTER. WHAT.
After that, Alex flies the hell out of Paris, moves to LA to take a job with a nice lady who offered her the job of designing the wardrobes for the soap opera she runs, and swears off of dating old, domineering asshole men. Oh, daddy issues. Good for her. The new job goes well, but when Alex goes to Louisiana for a show event, she ends up meeting Zach. Who promptly rescues her from drunk jerks and then out of nowhere takes her off to his mother's wedding, which his wife couldn't be arsed to go to. They fall in insta-love, but he's married.
And I have to say that as a romantic setup, "we fell in love, but he's married to an asshole" is....not great. I've certainly seen worse, mind you, but it kind of buzzkills things to constantly have the Evil Wife hanging over their heads. Plus it makes Zach look like a cheating jerk, no matter how much the author tries to justify it with the evil wife and all. It makes him kind of look like crap and Alex doesn't come off so hot either. I mostly just wanted them to steer clear of each other until Zach wrangled a divorce, but noooo.
And then there's the lost heiress thing. You would think that in a book like this, the whole "I think you're my missing granddaughter" thing would come up a lot sooner than it does. But it takes a long time just to have Eleanor finally spot Alex winning an Emmy on television. And then they don't actually bother to tell Alex why Eleanor has suddenly taken an interest in her and wants to get Alex to design a line of clothing for her and to move into her house. And then it takes a REALLY long time (like 5/6th of the book) for Alex to find out that she's the possible lost heir. I guess the delay kind of makes sense when Eleanor has been scammed before, but hello, DNA tests existed in the 80's, and why wasn't anyone doing any? Why didn't the magic words "DNA test" come up a LOT earlier in the book to resolve the problem altogether? The answer is because that ties in to the final revelation of who did in Anna's parents, but that's dragged out so late that by the time it's brought up, I was all, "oh, I forgot about that." The biological plot is supposedly the point of the book, but it's implausibly dragged out and it just seems kind of ridiculous after awhile, despite the justifications.
Eh....I'll give it three stars.