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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Reviw + ARC Giveaway: Take a Chance On Me by Jill Mansell

Treat yourself to this solidly fun read.  Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402237510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402237515
     Genre: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
     My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Even in a small town the drama is larger than life...
Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he'd never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo's sister Abbie has a problem of her own-husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she's determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage?
The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places...

Review:  Cleo is a smart, lively lady in her late 20s. Too bad she hasn’t had the best of luck with men. Now she is dating a really hot guy who might be Mr. Right.  She is glad to be sporting a new beau when she runs into her high school nemesis, Johnny LaVenture, who just moved back into town.  Well she was happy to have a handsome beau until she learns that he isn’t available after all. Bummer.

Johnny is a handsome and hugely successful artist.  Cleo doesn’t really know how to respond to him and his continual teasing. She wants to hate him but of course that isn’t how the heart works.

Cleo works as a chauffeur at a limousine company which gives her some interesting clients. She also has some quirky friends to keep her company at the local gathering pub. Her really good friend, Ash, is a heavy set fellow who is a great funny DJ on the local morning show.  Too bad for Ash that when he gets near a woman he likes, his tongue goes in knots.

Then there is Cleo’s sister, Abbie, and her dear husband, Tom.  They are the perfect couple although it was too bad that they were unable to have children.  Still they have had 20 years of good marriage. Then why does Tom seem to be hiding something?  When Abbie discovers what she thinks is the secret, she loses it and makes a huge mistake.  But the real secret is going to cause some major family problems too.

Now there is a new lady in town, Fia.  That is a bit awkward considering she is Cleo’s new (now ex-) boyfriend’s wife.  Oh what a tangled web and it’s about to become more tangled. Cleo likes Johnny (though she doesn’t want to admit it) and Fia likes Johnny. Ash wants Fia; Georgia (can’t tell you how she comes into the picture but she brings trouble!) wants Ash. When gorgeous Honor shows up to claim Johnny hopes are dashed. isn’t quite clear who Johnny really wants.

All of this makes for a very light and fun read with great British humor. It is easy reading although I did not fly through it. A good choice when you want some snarky repartee and sweet romance.

Caution: There is some rough language in the book and although there are no actual sex scenes, the attitude towards sex is definitely not prudish.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for the book to read and review.

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