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Sylvia Massara , Nancy E Williams , Diana L Meadows
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6 Jan 2011
Sarah Jamison is on a mission to find a boyfriend for her lover's business partner and constant companion before her own 40-year-old hormones succumb to menopause. Her best friend comes to the rescue with an idea so crazy that it just might work. Enter the enigmatic Mike Connor, smug and full of himself. Sarah hates the man on sight, despite the fact that her body tells her otherwise. Even so, Sarah thinks that, with his help, she can finally be with Jeffrey, the man she loves, and start a family before it's too late. If this means scheming and working with the devil himself, then she will do it, all in the name of love! Instead of getting closer to her goal, however, Sarah finds herself increasingly thinking about the very man she despises the most-"the other boyfriend."

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Marbry-Tudor Books (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980835011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980835014
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,627,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre novelist based in Sydney, Australia, who dabbles in wacky love affairs, drama and murder (or all three) over coffee. Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of novels and screenplays.

As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience in the sometimes-puzzling tapestry of life. These days, however, Sylvia has resigned from the human race, and she lives both in the animal kingdom, with her kitty cat, Mia, (a much better place to be), and vicariously, through the many characters in her head.

Sylvia has a soft spot for older female protagonists with an attitude who are on the cusp of 40 years and beyond. This is seen in her wacky, romantic comedies, and most recently, in her mystery novels.

An avid fan of classic black and white Hollywood movies of the 40s including film noir, Sylvia has placed her protagonist, Mia Ferrari, in a contemporary mystery series with a bit of a "film noir" flavour. Mia Ferrari is an older, spunky, smartarse female who works in the international world of hotels. The theme is comedic, sexy, and peppered with that film-noir-hero type of attitude. The stories are fast-paced and set in the modern day world.

On a more serious note, Sylvia's work in literary fiction brings forth The Soul Bearers, an inspirational story filled with hope, overcoming fear, loss, betrayal, and discovering the healing power of unconditional love. At present, the novel is under consideration for adaptation into a feature film.

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About the Author

Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia, who dabbles in wacky love affairs, drama and murder (or all three) over coffee. Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of novels and screenplays. As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience in the sometimes-puzzling tapestry of life. These days, however, Sylvia has resigned from the human race, and she lives both in the animal kingdom, with her kitty cat, Mia, (a much better place to be), and vicariously, through the many characters in her head. Sylvia has a soft spot for older female protagonists with an attitude who are on the cusp of 40 years and beyond. This is seen in her wacky, romantic comedies, and most recently, in her mystery novels. An avid fan of classic black and white Hollywood movies of the 40s including film noir, Sylvia has placed her protagonist, Mia Ferrari, in a contemporary mystery series with a bit of a "film noir" flavour. Mia Ferrari is an older, spunky, smartarse female who works in the international world of hotels. The theme is comedic, sexy, and peppered with that film-noir-hero type of attitude. The stories are fast-paced and set in the modern day world. On a more serious note, Sylvia's work in literary fiction brings forth The Soul Bearers, an inspirational story filled with hope, overcoming fear, loss, betrayal, and discovering the healing power of unconditional love. At present, the novel is under consideration for adaptation into a feature film. For more information please visit Massara's website at: www.sylviamassara.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy and Funny! 29 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Other Boyfriend" is about a mature, independent woman, Sarah, who believes she is in love with a senior, Jeffrey, in a multi-level marketing company. However there are complications as Jeffrey is still tied into a relationship with his supposed former girlfriend and is unable to fully commit to Sarah. On the insistence of her friend, she seeks out the help of a very eligible bachelor, Mike, in an attempt to sway Jeffrey towards her.

I found the novel takes on an exciting turn when Mike is introduced. I loved the chemistry between Sarah and Mike. Their `push-pull' relationship successfully draws the reader in. As their relationship develops, I found myself breezing through the novel with an eagerness to know what might become of it. The novel is largely set in Taipei which makes it quite relieving from the usual, common place Western or European backgrounds. The novel certainly contains a lot of light humour with comic relief provided by characters such as Sarah's mother, who I particularly loved the most. For those who are chick-lit fans, you will certainly enjoy reading "The Other Boyfriend".
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read! 21 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so glad I picked this book to read. I was in a bad mood and suffering from a bit of depression. All I wanted to do was escape into someone else's life for a while but this book did much more than that for me. It made me laugh and I didn't want to put it down. If you are feeling like you need something to lift your spirits, this book is for you. I promise. You will thoroughly enjoy it. THIS IS A MUST READ.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story with a moral 1 Jan 2011
By VickiT
Format:Kindle Edition
"You want me to help you find a boyfriend for your lover's partner?" - The Other Boyfriend

You can't help whom you fall in love with. Unfortunately for Sarah Jamison, she's fallen for Jeffrey Williams, a man who is not only married to his job but is already in a relationship. With the help of her best friend, Monica, Sarah hatches a plot to get Jeffrey all to herself that involves finding a boyfriend for her lover's partner.

The Other Boyfriend is a light-hearted, entertaining read but also quite sad. Maybe sad because I've had friends throw away their prime years on married men. That aside, though, Massara crafts an engaging story - one with a moral.

I liked the character of Sarah (except when I wanted to shake her) and her fetish for throwing imaginary ashtrays and also that she was older than your average chick-lit heroine. Jeffrey, I wanted to... well, I'll leave that up to your imagination.

Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Predictable 7 Feb 2011
By Samantha J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sarah Jamison is done being patient. She has waited long enough for her lover to finally break up with his girlfriend. Jeffrey has been promising to break up with Moira for ages, but keeps citing business reasons to wait, as Jeffrey and Moira are partners in their network marketing business. Sarah decides to get proactive, enlisting best friend Monica to help devise a plan to break up Jeffrey and Moira for good. Monica thinks adding the dashing Mike Connor to the mix is the right idea. But instead of breaking up Jeffrey and Moira, the plan begins to backfire on Sarah. Along with the help of Sarah's internet hacker mother, Rosepurple, Sarah finds the true identity of Jeffrey, and realizes her relationship with him was never meant to be.

I wanted to like The Other Boyfriend by Sylvia Massara. But it was hard to. While I thought the plot could have gone a lot of different ways, it turned out to be exhaustingly predicable and one-dimensional. The business that Sarah, Jeffrey, and Moira are in is a big part of the story, but it was never explained. I had no idea what they were doing, and each time business was talked about, I just became confused. And the book should have been run through an editor. I got tired of reading about Mike's "sea-green eyes" for every description. It was a fast read, but too predictable for me to recommend.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much 10 Jan 2011
By Ruthie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am starting to get skeptical of Kindle books that haven't also been published in print.
Despite the other reviews I found this book to be shallow and one dimensional. The plot was fairly obvious and the characters were simplified and not real. Even with the exotic locations there was little sense of place. This book wasn't as bad as some kindle only books I've tried, at least I finished it, but it certainly is no 5 star book in my opinion.
Needs more work, maybe a good editor and a few re-writes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny real feel-good book! 7 Feb 2011
By aobibliophile™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
what is it about love that makes one do or say stupid things that seem so illogical and outrageous to other people but make a lot of sense to the enamored? why is it that one also fails to hear the alarm when warning signals suddenly go off? are we plain stubborn or just acting out what our "flesh is heir to?"

readers may find themselves saying "oh, i've been there done that" as i have while reading the story.

Sylvia Massara's debut novel The Other Boyfriend is a funny, real, feel-good book and though the author herself labels it as "chick-lit," i believe that male readers may see themselves in a character or two and learn valuable lessons about falling/being in love and about the women they love or pursue.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i purchased this book through a coupon provided by the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Chick-Lit! 4 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Other Boyfriend" is about a mature, independent woman, Sarah, who believes she is in love with a senior, Jeffrey, in a multi-level marketing company. However there are complications as Jeffrey is still tied into a relationship with his supposed former girlfriend and is unable to fully commit to Sarah. On the insistence of her friend, she seeks out the help of a very eligible bachelor, Mike, in an attempt to sway Jeffrey towards her.

I found the novel takes on an exciting turn when Mike is introduced. I loved the chemistry between Sarah and Mike. Their `push-pull' relationship successfully draws the reader in. As their relationship develops, I found myself breezing through the novel with an eagerness to know what might become of it. The novel is largely set in Taipei which makes it quite relieving from the usual, common place Western or European backgrounds. The novel certainly contains a lot of light humour with comic relief provided by characters such as Sarah's mother, who I particularly loved the most. For those who are chick-lit fans, you will certainly enjoy reading "The Other Boyfriend".
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Boyfriend by Sylvia Massara 29 May 2012
By Karen Doering - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sarah is a woman nearing the age of 40. Hoping to have business success and a family of 30 she is beginning to feel a hopeless sense of doom when it comes to her personal future. The man she loves, Jeffrey, lives with another woman and has for 15 years but he tells her over and over that he loves her and will leave his live in girlfriend and business partner soon. Sarah has fallen into the trap so many women do of waiting for the married or involved man to make the break.

With her friend Monica she hatches a plot to put a man so charming and devastatingly handsome in front of the dreaded live in girlfriend that she will be unable to resist.

But Sarah is caught unaware when she meets the irresistible Mike. Everything she has ever wanted in a man is standing before her. If only she had met him sooner. Confused she finds herself falling in love with the man she meant for someone else.

Full of plot turns and fun complications "The Other Boyfriend" is an easy read for a nice afternoon in a favorite chair. As with all Ms. Massara's works it is well written and has an easy flow. The characters are realistic, the dialogue moves the plot forward with ease and the storyline is cleanly delivered.

A very good "take along" book or beach read it captures the reader's interest.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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