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Girls Night (STP - Mira) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Oct 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (17 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551669498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551669496
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,315,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on 3 Mar. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jillene is a mother facing the trials of life as best as she can. She is a widow with two preteen daughters, a struggling coffee bar, and a mountain of her late husband's debts. While she may need a white knight, she does not really want any more complications like romance in her life. However, her daughters have different ideas and place a personal ad, hoping to find happiness for their mom.
The answer to their prayers comes in the form of Vince Tremonti, a true crime writer who fears his soul is becoming too dark from long exposure to the murk of humanity's basest elements. He has come home to try and find some peace with himself and his career. He finds himself continually involved in Jillene and the girl's lives, and falling in love reluctantly. Yet, he plans on making his stay a temporary one, so how can these three females fit into his world?
**** With sweet characters and a pleasant setting, Ms. Holm makes her contemporary debut. Warmth and humor infuse this novel of small town life and love. No characters are larger than life, though the daughters seem too good to be true. You will find it easy to relate to the world that has been created here. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacki G on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Wicked Reads.

Girls’ night is about single mom Jillene trying to balance her life after the loss of her husband. She’s trying to make ends meet with two pre-teen daughters, a mortgage, and a coffee shop with a ton of expenses. Author Vince is from the same town she lives in and he returns to it when his crime research takes a nasty turn. Jillene and Vince meet and have a nice chemistry full of sexual tension.
This book was a bit slow for me. It wasn’t bad, but it took more effort for me to read than I had expected it to. I liked Jillene and Vince’s chemistry. I think the romance with Vince’s father was cute, but kind of sidetracked from the main plot. I liked the crime/suspense subplot, but it seemed a little underdeveloped in the end. By the time I finished I kind of knew what was going to happen. Overall it was an okay read, but I’m not sure it quite lived up to its potential.
~Wicked Reads Review Team~
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
absolutely loved it 1 Dec. 2012
By Mamiej - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I truly loved this book. O lived the characters and the way that they slowly build up to their relationship deepening. It wasn't just flash harm sex love happily ever after. It was a slow sweet build up to love. I also loved the secondary love story that proved that even older people can feel passion and love.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very Impressive! 22 Nov. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed Girls Night. I haven't ever read anything by Stef Ann Holm, so when a friend recommended this book, I was a little leery, as I am with any new author. But, be assured, this book was in no way a let down! Girls Night is the story of Jillene McDermott is a widower living with her two daughters, Faye and Claire, and their dog, Sugar. Jillene runs a coffee shop called Java the Hut (I laughed when I first read this) that was originally opened by her late husband David. Jillene is really struggling to make ends meet. She has no money for anything, food, shoes, repairs for her shop. She is considering bankruptcy, but doesn't want to give in.
Then she meets local celebrity Vince Tremonti, a prolific true crime writer who has come back to Blue Heron Beach to get past some of his own demons. They meet in her coffee shop, and instant sparks. I loved the way they were atracted to each other right from the first, but Jillene was very shy, and neither thought it was the right time to get involved.
Vince was a great guy. He really struggled in this book. I won't say why, but the portrayal of his struggles, and his what he had to go through was very realistic. He didn't want to get involved with Jillene and her family, but he couldn't help himself. Love happens and there is not much you can do.
I was very happy with this book. It was a great story. It really portrayed Jillene as a strong, capable, modern day woman, who didn't have to rely on a man to fix things for her. She came up with her own solutions. Her daughters were great additions to the story too. They made wonderful characters. The side romance of Vince's father, Al, and a neighbor lady he had been in love with for a long time was just another great piece to this story. True, old fashioned romance was definitely alive in Blue Heron Beach. A well written story with good character development and plenty of chemistry.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
fantastic 21 Aug. 2007
By booknut - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm always so excited to find a new author that I love! This book is definitely a keeper. I'm going to search for her previous releases. I loved the warm, smalltown feel, the people who were slightly wacky, but stole my heart. There really are sparks between the hero and the heroine that heat up the pages. Jillene makes a fun/sympatethic heroine, a single mom who is startled to find love with the town's most famous man. Loved Vince. Ms. Holm really made me fall in love with these characters.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, but not what I had hoped for... 5 May 2003
By M. I. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Girls Night" had its charms, but it failed to really hold my attention. I found that I was flipping forward again and again to see how much more I had left to read. I felt that the sub plot overshadowed the romance. I had a very hard time connecting with Jillene and especially Vince. I did however absolutely love Jillene's daughters Claire and Faye. Vince's father Al was also a delight with his lady love Ianella. "Girls Night" was certainly not a bad read, but I wouldnt necessarily recommend it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great romance from Stef Ann Holm 13 April 2004
By Ratmammy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
GIRLS NIGHT by Stef Ann Holm
GIRLS NIGHT by Stef Ann Holm was this reviewer's first taste of this author's writing. It can be safely said that there will be more Stef Ann Holm books read in this house. Written with a charm that is very welcome in this genre of books, the novel centered on Jillene McDermott and her life with her two young girls after her husband has passed away. She struggles to make ends meet, working at the coffeehouse that she and her husband tried to make a success, but upon his death, she discovers they are in so much debt she doesn't think they will survive financially.
While she and the girls make a go at it without dad, Vince Tremonti, a very famous crime-writer returns home to Blue Heron Beach, where Jill and her family also happen to reside. He's lived for years in Los Angeles but decides he needs a change of pace, and comes home to think things over. He wants to make a career change, due to the criminals he ends up dealing with because of the type of books he writes. He's also been a bachelor for a long time, going from one relationship to another but never really sticking with anyone for very long, and is not looking for someone to start up anything new. However, when Vince and Jill meet, there is a mutual attraction that neither wants to admit. Jill doesn't need to worry about dating now. She's got enough on her mind with her two daughters and a coffeehouse that is in the red. And Vince has a lot of unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, before he can move on with his life.
The two build up their friendship slowly, but Jill thinks he's got something going with the local real estate agent, and is surprised to feel that she's jealous of them. In the mean time, she needs to see to her girls' needs, and the scenes that feature the three of them are probably what really attracted this reviewer to the book. The scenes are very charming, showing the two girls as very cute, especially when they decide to put an ad in the local paper for their mother so she can find a date. The results are hilarious. These, and other situations, are what add up to make this book a worthwhile read.
Other characters involve the local townspeople, including Vince's father who is described as a sweetheart of an older man, running the local barbershop, as any old fashioned town would have. He has his own romance, wooing a widow who he has had a crush on for a very long time, but had held his tongue due to the fact that she was still married.
This reviewer gives GIRLS NIGHT 4 stars. It was a great introduction to the books of Stef Ann Holm, and hopefully her other novels are as good or better than this one was.
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