Sunday, February 3, 2013

Woman Meets Man, The Rest is History

First Paragraph:

"I cannot believe this!" I mean, I really can't believe this. What have I done to have awakened the prankster in all the gods? i rest my suited derriere against my car and wish for a cigarette. I don't smoke, but now seems like a good time to start. Here I am, stuck in the middle of bloody nowhere with an empty fuel tank- the fuel gauge doesn't work- and an oversized dog suffering from flatulence."

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Unravelled by Kirsten Lee is your classic romance novel.

Starring Alex Fields as the fiery and "curvaceous" (her words, not mine) protagonist, we first meet her stranded on the side of a road, in the middle of nowhere, with a large Newfoundland named Blossom (though he is male)- who has colon problems and separation anxiety.

These problems arrive courtesy of her best friend, Erin, who needed someone to help plan an art festival after he broke his leg and couldn't go himself. The company that hired them rather unhelpfully left it to the last minute after trying to organise it themselves and now Alex has a mere seven weeks to make all the preparations.

Back to her current predicament. While pondering if her life could get any worse, Alex's "knight-in-shining-armour" appears in the form of a tall, dark, handsome, but obviously unimpressed businessman, who Alex nicknames "Mr. Wall Street". Immediately, the two are at each other's throats and glad to be on their separate ways. Predictably the two meet again and discover (to their horror) that they will have to work together on the same project. But maybe their ferocity towards each other is something else entirely? And so the plot is set up.

Alex is new to the business world, but very good at her job. She recently had a "make-over"  (after a bad break-up) and changed herself completely to look, talk and act every bit the confident woman.
Considering the title of this book, you can make an intelligent guess that her very carefully held together "new self" is going to "unravel" at some point in the story.

Working with a company of eclectic people and with her growing feelings for "Mr. Wall Street", Alex fits in surprisingly (to herself at least) well, even if she is the mistress of cringe-worthy moments and (to her assistant's amusement) can never get her outfit to completely match. Inside, she isn't a woman of power-suits and killer heels, but of comfy, bohemian wear and this story is as much a story of accepting who you are as it is a romance.

There was a small problem with the editing. Nothing major and I don't think most people would notice, but during the story there are phrases that are off and inconsistencies in the text. Like I said nothing major, but for instance we have one character who doesn't seem to be able to decide what his last name is. Nothing to stop me reading the book, but it was a little distracting.

The book itself is predictable, but enjoyable. It's written with the usual formula of romance novels (along with all the usual cliches) and would be a good "beach read". I got a kick out it, especially a few of the "laugh-out-loud" moments. A book that will leave you with the same feel-good vibes as a favourite chick flick.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author through a giveaway. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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