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The heroine is meant to be strong and independant but runs away to deal with her problems and then comes back to the slime of a hero. Still trying to get my head around what he does when they have an argument. And don't get me started on his brother! A hero needs more than good looks and money; at the very least a smidgeon of decency . If the two female characters were friends of mine I would have locked them in a room till they came to their senses.
Would say this was like 1970s Mills and Boon but that would be grossly unfair to M&B. Will not be reading any more Jill Mansell, so annoyed I wasted my time reading this.
But that night she meets Ross and before she has time to think she is swept away by his easy charm. They indulge in a passionate and explosive one night stand - totally not Tessa's style at all. It's just not who she is. However that 'one-off' night is the start of a roller-coaster of an on-off romance with heady times of great joy but also moments of deep despair and heartache. Ross has always liked the ladies, is handsome beyond description and has the caddish reputation of being a playboy stud. Tessa is in between a rock and a hard place - surely it is better to steer clear of temptation than place her trust in a proven womaniser, because try as she might she cannot really trust him. She is determined and fiercely independent and Ross finds her intriguing and a little too much to handle.
Holly does everything she can to catch the eye of Max but he is totally and heartbreakingly unaware of her. He is an author as well as a successful hotelier, rich beyond her imagination and he mixes with glittering film stars and other celebrities. She is deeply attracted to both him and his lifestyle. Still, she lives in hope that one day he will notice her and maybe they may even get together. A girl can live in hope, after all. These two stories are interwoven together in blockbuster style. It's a question of will they or won't they get their men and that very question will keep you guessing till the very last page and after many ups and downs and twists and turns.
'Solo' is being republished at the beginning of 2017, fifteen years after its first outing as a romantic novel and is the second novel Jill Mansell wrote. She now has an ample back catalogue of novels and another brand new one coming out in 2017. She writes romantic comedy novels which are bright and breezy, perfect for lovers of romances. Her characters are created with skill and they are invitingly diverse: some grabbing, grasping and really mean but others charming, lovable and down to earth. Her storytelling is effortlessly interesting with multi dimensional plots and with lots of thrills and spills. This novel is an easy and entertaining read with many surprising and thrilling plot twists. I completed it on the day the story met its conclusion; Christmas Eve.
I would like to thank NetGalley and publisher Sourcebooks Landmark for my copy of ‘Solo’, sent out to me in return for an honest review. I would happily recommend this as a good read within this genre.
And so charming when the heroine lights a cigarette when he is with our 8-month pregnant heroine. Not!
What is it with Mansell and smoking anyway. This is not the only book by this author that has characters smoking away. It makes the book seem very dated, say from the seventies, while this book is supposedly from 1991. They did now about the risks of smoking then!
I cannot begin to review this book, I just can't. I am so DONE and OVER with Jill Mansell. What is wrong with you? What kind of sad, pathetic life have you led to make you come up with such disgusting drivel?
I could not have thought her books could get any worse, but oh my God, they could. They really could. I wish there was a 0 star rating I could give this book to appease my anger and loathing for it. How can ANYONE think this was worth 5 stars?
The characters are an embarrassment to humankind. Pathetic female protagonist, who starts off as an independent, strong-willed, funny - even witty - woman, turns into a lame, sad, annoying coward who runs away from her problems SEVERAL times. An a** of a male protagonist, who is a known womanizer, sleeps around with anything that moves, filthy rich, and disgustingly self-assured and arrogant, has a one night stand with this independent woman and BAM, is suddenly head over heels for her.
Not that it stops him from continuing to be an a**.
This is a book that promotes cheating, womanizing, and is self-destructive. There was nothing funny about it, nothing humorous, I found it painful to read - and this coming from a person who actually ENJOYS chick-lit and enjoys predictable love stories. But this, THIS, is a story written to insult and humiliate. There is nothing redeeming about it. Not about Ross, not about Tessa, not about Holly and not about Max. Nothing. Holly being the typical best friend who does crazy things to attract Ross's other butt cheek Max. And fails miserably - until the last 2 pages. Ross and Tessa play cat and mouse for 400 pages until they're finally happy in the last 2 or so.
This is a typical example of leaving a good, decent man for the disgusting kind. Holly choosing Max over Adam. Mansell is basically saying, the bad guys win, the bullies win it all.
I hate this book. I hate it so much. I hate every message the book tries to convey, and I hate the writing, and I hate the characters. I hope they all burn in fiction hell.
Mansell, I've given up every ounce of hope that was left since reading To the Moon and Back - my first for you.
I am severely disappointed.
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