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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755352939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755352937
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in rural Devon before running away to the bright lights of York where I spent four happy years as a student, learning essential skills such as rolling a Hula Hoop across the floor of the college bar with my nose and reading Chaucer aloud in the style of Sean Connery - in between working very hard indeed for my English lit degree and an MA in Medieval Studies, of course! After university, I went to law school, qualified as a barrister specializing in all aspects of matrimonial and family law--everything from financial settlements to international child abduction--and spent several years in practice.

I've always dabbled with writing - even winning a couple of sit com writing competitions in the States with a friend - but it wasn't until I was on maternity leave that I seriously set my mind to it. I had an 'if I don't do it now, when will I do it?' moment and wrote, polished and tweaked a novel...only to have it rejected left, right and centre! However, by then the bug had well and truly bitten and I'd already started my second - which was to become 'Tug of Love' - and I ploughed on with yet more writing polishing and tweaking. Then I met my agent at one of the excellent Romantic Novelists' Association parties, sent her the manuscript (which she loved) and she sold it to Headline's Little Black Dress imprint. I wrote my second for them - a financial comedy thriller set in a big international bank - before moving to Arrow who published Summer Loving in May 2011 and Summer Nights in June 2012.

Tug of Love won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme prize for the best debut of 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Summer Loving has also just been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award - yay!

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About the Author

Allie Spencer is an author with many strings to her bow. Before becoming a full-time writer, Allie Spencer gained a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Medieval Studies, then qualified as a barrister, practising in family and matrimonial law. TUG OF LOVE was the winner of the 2009 RNA New Writers' Award and Allie is currently working on her second novel for LBD.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
As a divorce barrister, Lucy Stephens has seen her fair share of break-ups and is rather cynical about love since her ex, Jonathan, did the dirty on her. Until one night, at a party, she meets Mark and they hit it off straight away. Trouble is, Lucy is just about to get the case of her life and has to choose between the case and Mark. It also looks as though Jonathan the ex is back... What will Lucy choose: the man of her dreams or the chance to work on the case of a lifetime?

The book starts really well with Lucy imagining a dream-scene in which she's being interviewed for Marie Claire and I was immediately drawn into the book. In only takes a few chapters for Mark to be introduced into the book and I loved how quickly Lucy and Mark's romance began. It was like a whirlwind of a romance and I was surprised to see Mark introduced so quickly. Of course, the early introduction of Mark lent itself to a lot of troubles to arise and arise they did; particularly when Lucy is given the chance to work on the case of a lifetime: a high-profile divorce. There were some very clever plot-twists throughout the book and I truly didn't know how it was going to end.

There's a lot of law-type-stuff throughout the book but I found it all easy to follow and quite enjoyable to read about. Spencer must have really done her research on the subject as it really is the focal point to the book. The plot was very unique, using law as a backdrop and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the scenes when the characters were all talking law. There was also a sub-plot running throughout the book in which someone within the law firm where Hez works and the barristers where Lucy works is leaking confidential documents to the press about the high profile divorce case.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MarxSister on 3 Oct 2009
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A romance starring a divorce lawyer was too intriguing to pass up and what's wonderful is that the writing is just as excellent as the hook. I could not put it down and laughed out loud several times...on the train! This is absolutely the best book of its genre I've ever read, no question. It's funny, clever, sexy, and true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oxford Reader on 3 Nov 2009
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It's not often that one is gripped by the very first page of a book and remains so right to the end. There's usually a dull, saggy bit somewhere in the middle. But not this one! It's fabulous. A delightful main character in Lucy, but her friends and colleagues are just as well drawn. Convincing love-scenes, with men to die for. An unusual and interesting setting. Hilariously funny. Twists and turns and constant surprises, until one finally puts it down with a satisfied 'Ah'. What more could one ask for in a romantic novel? I can't recommend it too highly.
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