Renee and JayBook - 2001
There are worse places a saucy single gal could be stranded in the biggest winter storm to hit southwestern Virginia in years. Here at Luchesi's restaurant, Renee can fill up on hot breadsticks and spiked mocha cappuccino -- and she can check out Giovanni Anthony Luchesi, the finest man this side of the Blue Ride Mountains. But damn, if it doesn't stop snowing soon, she's gonna wind up in big trouble, what with all the amaretto and candlelight.
Days later, the ice isn't all that's melting Roanoke. Renee's gone and fallen for the whitest white boy she's ever met. Now she feels like she's living a Julia Roberts movie with an interracial twist -- and gentle Giovanni, with his slow, seductive hands and spicy kisses, is her leading man. Renee always was a sucker for happy endings. Finally, with a make-do ring from Giovanni on her finger,her own seems guaranteed. What can possibly go wrong?
Mama. That's the one thing. All Shirl Howard wants is for her only daughter to be happy -- but a well-mannered Italian restaurant manager sure isn't the answer to her prayers. Meddling is the one and only thing Shirl will ever have in common with Giovanni's Pop, who doesn't believe in whirlwind romance or twist-tie engagement rings. Then there's R.J., Renee's two-timing ex, back on the scene minus his blonde girlfriend -- or so he claims.
Riotous, ardent and packed with surprises, "Renee and Jay" is Romeo and Juliet for the new millennium -- a tale that proves true love can turn up in the last place -- and face -- you'd ever expect to findit.