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Big Bad Wolf Tells All

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: San Val (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141771591X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417715916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By A Customer on 28 May 2004
Format: Paperback
First of all I am a total romantic thriller buff - I don't need an original plot or any surprises just give me snappy dialogue, a hot hero, plenty of sex and a happy ending and I'm good to go; so I thought I was onto a winner with Ms Kauffman's tale of Icemaiden columnist Tanzy Harrinton, expert in 'love 'em and leave em' and writer of a 'Sex and the City' type column which divides men into 'sheep' or 'wolves' and how she eventually meets her match with hunky body guard Riley Parrish.
The plot is basically, beautiful columnist and small scale celebrity Ms Harrington is convinced by her fabulously wealthy great aunt to house sit the billionaire residence with who she believes is the geeky cold-fish of a family accountant but is in fact the sizzling hot body guard hired to protect Tanzy from the menace of a emailing stalker. They soon find that their mutual attraction is too hot to handle.
I have to say this novel was deeply disappointing and had me skipping pages in chunks. It took a very long time to warm up and I found that Tanzy's observations on life, love and single girl living irritating and unamusing. Suggesting that 'nice guys' are limp wristed, non-sexual, antisocial, submissive unattractive 'followers' to further the plot only results in making me dislike the heorine and her rash dismal of someone because he's 'not attractive' or agressive. I tried, in order to enjoy my read, to put my dislike of the heroine's views aside but Ms. Kauffman insisted on starting each chapter with a little snappet of Tanzy's column/thoughts which only served to irritate me further.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d827d38) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9933100c) out of 5 stars If only the book were as cool as it's title 15 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll admit, right off the bat, this review is not fair-- I don't like stream of consious narration (something the reader will have to adore to enjoy this book), I like editing. And I hate the overuse of Hip prases since by the time the book comes out the phrase is no longer hip. Also, if some heroine talks about her Jimmy Choos I automatically deduct 2 stars-. It's all been done way too much- or at least use another shoe brand.
I was interested in this book because of it's title- "The Big Bad Wolf Tells All" sounded dangerous and sexy, but I was wrong. See Tansy's Rich and Beautiful and Brilliant and Talented and she's Glamorous and Sexually Liberated, and "poor her" all of her friends are married-- my solution, add to your friends! Include other single women! Ha Ha, that would lead to her feeling not so alone and even happier. No, she just tries to get out of spending time with her friends because they're trying to fix her up with Sheep types (the opposite of her favored "Wolf" types). Great, so she cuts her friends off. What a gal.
I'm two hundred pages in and I can't finish the dang thing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92405c18) out of 5 stars yuck, could not even get through to the end! 28 Oct. 2003
By L. Reda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had struggled through 276 pages, and i finally just had to put it down, i did not like any of the characters, i did not care about the stalker, i did not care if Tanzy got hurt, kidnapped or anything! It was painful! i kept hoping it would turn out okay, but it was just terrible. I never put a book down without getting to the end, but in this case, i could not take any more of them! Very dissapointed in this book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98bc8ef4) out of 5 stars Ugh. Easy to put down 9 Sept. 2003
By L. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not one to leave books unfinished, so I plowed ahead with this one, but it would have been easy to walk away from this "Sex in the City" meets "Nancy Drew" groaner at any point in this thin plot. It very much reminded me of the dinky paperbacks I loved as a preteen, where the heroine always had an adventure of some sort and then reluctantly fell for the last guy she would have expected. The book borrows heavily from the character set-up of Sex in the City (although projecting the supporting characters down the altar) without the finesse -- I lost track of how many times the phrase "multiple orgasm" is used (the pursuit of which might be considered the theme of the book). If you want fluff, you'd be better off in front of the tube. If you want a thoughful, sexy, well-paced novel: you'll have to keep looking. How I wish I had!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92406c30) out of 5 stars She's written better. (possible spoilers, but central to why I wouldn't recommend the book) 31 May 2013
By J. Traeger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now, I usually avoid including possible spoilers like the plague, but the content was so annoying that had I known, I would have skipped the book completely. If I can save someone else $$, it's worth it.

I liked several of the author's other romances, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Well, not as good. It's very overtly "Sex in the City", just change the main character columnist's name to Carrie, and you're about set, including the shoe obsession. It's light and fluffy, and the sex is decent, which I expected, but then there were a couple things that actually made me a bit mad, which I did NOT expect:

MILD SPOILER ALERT
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When a tech company is discussed, the main characters point out that all of the women are very unattractive. As a woman in tech myself, I know this is an unfair, outdated stereotype and rather cheesed me off. This chapter colored my view of the characters pretty seriously from there on out, and lost much of my sympathy (which was already iffy). But this wasn't the worst point for me.

BIGGER SPOILER ALERT
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Now, here's the real bone in my craw: the portrayal of implied (and overt) LGBT characters.

Usually, the author is pretty good about including peripheral gay characters as if it's no big deal, and as fairly real. In this one, well, let's just say it's a complete FAIL Whale. If I thought the women in tech stereotype was annoying, I found her treatment of the LGBT character not only extremely negatively stereotypical, but borderline offensive.

CONCLUSION
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So if neither of these attitudes bother you, and you're looking for a light fluffy romance with lots of girly-girl shoe and designer purse references, you may enjoy the book. Though honestly, she's done much better. My Recommendation is to skip this one, and try almost any of her other series instead; the Sugar Rush (Cupcake Club) one is a good one for light, enjoyable, romance reads, show how she's grown as a writer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book started okay. So we've got a heroine with a newspaper column, she's going to meet with a sexy man who's not all he seems, and maybe some hot sex will ensue. Well. That's what I *thought* would happen.
Suddenly, in comes this secondary plot line about a stalker. Kauffman didn't put enough emphasis or thought into this for it to be decent, simply threw it in so that she could give the heroine some tender comfort and say it was more than just a boy-meets-girl chick-lit book. and as mysteries go, this one sucked, considering that the culprit only appeared in the book within the last seventy-five pages of the novel, and the only other suspect was far, far too obvious to have done it.
The heroine went on throughout the book about relationships, suddenly declaring all her woes due to family troubles, and then in the last half of the book there kept being long streaks where all that was going on was the main characters talking about how much they loved each other but how one feared commitment (although this never actually surfaced...) Okay, we get it, they love each other. I don't want to read a thesis on the subject. Not to mention that all the hype over the character's column seemed unwarrented, especially in the later excerpts. It's a bit like reading a very tame diary.
The male lead had his flaws, too. The secondary story-line between him and his father seemed overdone, and Kauffman went too far when she had to make him start speaking with an irish-accent half-way through. It's clear he's a fantasy man: he's a football player, private investigator, and he has a dreamy accent. *sigh.* Pick your poison, but don't mix them.
The ending was completely unexplained and anticlimatic. Very disappointing, all in all. Only read it if you have a lot of free time on your hands... like if both of your legs are broken.
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