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Don't stop to ask questions, just kick back and ENJOY!! This is one funny book. Maggie Davis aka Katherine Deauxville is a charming lady and a wonderful artist, and both show in the warm and funny tale of 29 year old Dr. Peter Havistock who announces to the world he is a virgin looking for a wife. When he was not yet 15, the plane carrying his parents and him crash land in the jungle of New Guinea. For the next 14 years, he lives with the tribe that rescued him. However, since they deemed him their 'golden god' they would not permit him to marry within their tribe. Also, they had high moral standards, so he is now nearly 30 and a virgin.
He is a profession of anthropology and in on a book tour of college campuses to promote his story and the lives of the tribe that raised him. And he has a very attention catching style that is fanning the flames of press and women alive.
Leslie Wimberly is in charge of handling the book tour. A beautiful 34 year old divorcée, she is finding the Professor a bit more than she can handle. From his G string demonstration of authentic native gab, to defending him from mobs of women, to the announcing he has never been kissed before, leaves her running in circles.
It is fast pasted, funny and absolute laugh out loud riot. Only thing I find fault with is I wish she spent more time between the two main characters instead of Leslie talking about him to everyone else. Peter is so CUTE!!!
So if you need a pick me up...a cheer to your weekend....this is the tonic!!!...
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on 24 March 2004
I really, really disliked this book for one main reason, although there were others: was there a hero in it? It's hard to tell. The putative hero, Peter something-or-other features almost as a secondary character. Now I know that when I read the words that an author has put into a male characters' voice or head, that I am not really getting insights into the male pysche - it's a woman writing it, after all. I like the illusion though. It lends balance to a story that otherwise ends up as the neurotic meanderings of some woman we don't know, and can sound so juvenile ("Does he like me? Do I like him? Oh, he must think..." ad nauseum).
If you enjoy reading 20 year old Mills & Boons, then you might enjoy this book. If you like the more modern romance genre, where the hero actually gets a say-so and isn't reduced to merely responding to whatever the girl is doing, except for maybe 10 lines at the end of the book to explain all, I wouldn't bother.
The other thing that turned me off of this book was the heroine, Lesley. She had no spine, a rich little girl working in daddy's Foundation in a position of authority she was patently unable to cope with (or even realistically achieve).
The only thing that ran true about the story was Lesley's dependance on her ex-husband Brent, but then the severing of that tie was abrupt, unexplained and vague - like a decision to quit smoking as you stub out the cigarette - she'd just finished an unsatisfactory call with said ex, and she suddenly realises that she doesn't need him any more - yeah, wait till the next flat tire, and see who the first person you call is, love.
I haven't read any of Ms Deauxville's other books, and won't be, but perhaps I am doing her a dis-service, and her historicals work better. Can't be asked to find out, though. I suppose, to be fair, she may have been going for a more realistic in-the-other-person's-shoes kind of effect - in which case, make the heroine more interesting and much, much less of a whiny daddy's girl.
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on 6 April 2004
This book was so much fun! The premise was very original. A boy and his parents are in a plane crash in the Outback, the parents die, leaving the boy to fend for himself. He is found by a local tribe and they accept him as their golden one from the sky - a god. Since he is a god, they will not permit him to marry into the tribe, so the poor lad must remain unkissed! The tribe finally send him off to get an education and find his way in the modern world. He is very bright and is able to get a good education, except where females are concerned. Pete is so cute!
He is making a tour of US promoting his book on his life with the aboriginals, and Leslie is assigned to "hold his hand" as PR person. However, it turning into PR nightmare, because Peter doffs clothing to show off true ceremonial gab - g string with feathers. Uptight Leslie is about to pop a cork, but the madness is only starting. Pete announces on Larry King to the world that he is a virgin and wants a wife. The ladies queue up to apply. Only, Pete has eyes for Leslie.
I love how Poor Leslie is so stuffy - coming from her background you would expect that. But slowly she learns to let loose and find the magic with Pete.
This book is really getting a lot of attention again and justly deserved. It was 2003 RIO Award of Excellence winner for best Contemporary Romance. And when the Reviewers vote a book good, then you know you have a real winner for you. I see a lot of the "chick lit" books around now, but Maggie Davis aka Katherine Deauxville was leading the way.
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on 1 November 2005
Like many of the other reviewers, I was attracted by the premise - 29-year old hot male virgin raised by lost tribe seeks deflowerer - but I struggled to finish this book.
The heroine's thought processes left me befuddled. She seems incapable of thinking for herself, and when she does attempt it she shows no analytical ability whatsoever. I know, I know, it's just a romance, but bear in mind she is supposed to be a director of a high-profile foundation, and yet tolerates being patronised by practically everyone. Even the horse.
Then there's the hero: his stunts are funny, and there is a lot to like. Yet he remains undeveloped, and like all the men in the heroine's life, egotistical and manipulative, even if his motives are somewhat altruistic.
As for the plot: it is strung together from scenes which are either promisingly funny or unbearably hackneyed. There is no middle ground, which makes for a rather disjointed read.
I've read novels that this author wrote as Maggie Davis which were enjoyable, so I would consider reading more of her work - but 'The Last Male Virgin' is going straight to the charity shop.
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on 1 December 2002
I got this book on a recommendation and glad I did!! I really enjoyed this delightful romp! And very amazed since I used to read Deauxville's medievals - some deep and rich in history. I am off to read Out Of the Blue.
Shall pass on my recommendations for it is a really great read.
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on 24 September 2002
Leslie Wimberley, Senator's daughter and dedicated member of the Wimberley foundation, is responsible for the tour of Dr Peter Havistock, who has spent 14 years (half his life) living with a Stone-Age tribe in remotest Papua New Guinea and whose dissertation on the subject is now a best seller. Leslie is almost tearing her hair out, however, as the intellectual, academic tour is in a constant uproar by the rather gorgeous anthropologists antics - does Dr Havistock have to appear in a ceremonial g-string? And why did he announce to millions on 'Harry King Live' that he was a virgin! Now Leslie has to deal not only with her own uncomfortable reactions, but that of the screaming female masses, not to mention a frantic media, and an even more frantic Washington DC hostess! Is Dr Havistock as innocent as he appears, or is something deeper going on here? Then a dark SUV shows up, with suited men who seem rather too intent on getting both Peter and Leslie out of the way...
There are a lot of improbables here with regard to the likelihood that Peter's situation would exist at all, without even considering his likely reactions to rejoining western society. However, the comic aspects of the situations that Peter and Leslie get into do make up for the unlikeness of the plot. Deauxville is also correct in that unfortunately many people could not pinpoint Papua New Guinea on a map, let alone the surrounding islands and nation states and their relationships to each other, and this does provide justification for Peter's actions. And the ethical conflict is certainly worth exploring.
The comedy is done with a deft touch, but I'm afraid I found the romance aspect singularly lacking. Lesley spends so much time with her ex-husband, talking to her brother, father, mother and even the administrative assistants, and doesn't seem to spend that much time actually engaging with Peter. It is hard for me to become convinced of Peter's feelings, as there really is little evidence of them - far more time is spent on Leslie's feelings of general inadequacy in her life than getting to know Peter's motivation. We're expected to believe that they love each other when they don't even seem to know each other. This is hard for me to forgive, and has left me with the feeling that while there is much in the book to recommend itself as a sometimes slapstick comedy, it has let me down as a romance.
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