Alison trades in her acting aspirations to become executive assistant for a New York cosmetics queen. Always having had a fascination for make-up, Alison is soon revelling in her new role and taking on more and more responsibilities. She loves her job - if only she didn't have to deal with her diva boss, Sally Steele. As Alison faces frequent tongue lashings and unreasonable demands, she wonders if she can survive the ugly elements of the beauty industry. This has been touted as a Devil Wears Prada for the cosmetics industry, and in Sally Steele, the author delivers on the promise of a ghastly boss. Although the story doesn't delve that deep, it is still an enjoyable and satisfying read.