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A Man Worth Knowing is the fourth romance novel by British author, Alison Fraser. Kate Gregory desperately needed a job. Since her parents died, leaving Kate and her younger brother virtually penniless, she had been able to achieve only basic office skills, and Johnny’s schooling depended on her alone. Her current job was only temporary, but before Howard, her (rather sleazy) boss returned to America, he recommended her to a colleague. Only trouble was, that colleague turned out to be former foreign correspondent turned author, Michael Sullivan Fitzgerald: just call me Van.
Kate had already encountered Van, yet another arrogant American, and firmly rejected his advances. He seemed to think her duties in Howard’s employ had extended beyond the typewriter. Eventually, his apologies and his promises to maintain decorum, together with a generous salary saw her accepting a position as his secretary, but the gaze she sometimes caught made it plain he wanted more.
Fraser is a deft hand at creating the heroine who disdains the brash, arrogant (and often, American) hero and is unmoved by his good looks, his charm and his wealth. Her heroes are confident, sexy and persistent. While this romance, published in 1985, may be a little dated (Kate has never used a computer and mobile phones are a long way into the future), Fraser’s romances are strong on characters and their interaction. Their dialogue, including some marvellously good insults, is always a strong point. Definitely an improvement on Fraser’s earlier novels, this one is an enjoyable read.