[Book Review] You’re the One that I Don’t Want

Youre_the_one_that_I_dont_want_coverTitle: You’re the One that I Don’t Want
Author: Alexandra Potter
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: May 2007 by Random House
Source: Lent by a friend


Here’s a synopsis from the author’s website:

What if you found your soulmate… and then discovered you couldn’t lose him?

When Lucy meets Nate aged 18, it is love at first sight. As far as she’s concerned, he’s The One. Caught up in the whirlwind of first love, they kiss under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice at sunset and – according to the legend – are tied together indefinitely.

But ten years later, they’ve almost forgotten about each other. That is, until fate starts to bring them together. Again. And again. And again. It doesn’t seem as wonderful as it had before, but if Nate’s not The One – then why on earth is it proving so hard to break up with him?

A funny and magical romantic comedy about what happens when every girl’s dream of finding her dream man comes very true indeed…

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[Book Review] Family Trust

family_trust_coverTitle: Family Trust
Author: Amanda Brown
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: Jul 2003 by Penguin Group
Source: Purchased


Here’s a description from the publisher’s website:

Becca Reinhart loves her life. Firmly planted on the Wall Street fast track to success, she has no desire to marry and raise a family. Ditto Edward Kirkland, a charming playboy who has never known what it means to work for a living, and hopes never to find out. Enter Emily, who becomes Becca and Edward’s common denominator when a quirk of fate gives them joint custody of the high-spirited little girl. Suddenly, two people who have never met find themselves immersed in the trials and tribulations of domestic life as they navigate the rocky shoals of parenthood, from naptime to play dates, psychological fitness screenings to the life-or-death preschool admissions process. And amid the daily demands of raising a young child, Becca and Edward discover something else: They’re made for each other.

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[Book Review] Bridget Jones’s Diary

bridget_jones_1_coverTitle: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Author: Helen Fielding
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: June 1997 by Picador
Source: Purchased


Here’s a synopsis from the publisher:

A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? 

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[Book Review] One for the Money

One_for-the-mony_coverTitle: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum series, #1)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Crime novel, Romance
Published: 1994 by St. Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased


Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. 

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six. 
Now Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad’s, doing her best to sever the world’s longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case. 
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.

Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario’s Sub Shop. There’s still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting. 

It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder.

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