Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Review: Lucky Girl

By Becky Gulc

Jessica Devlin is taking a well-earned holiday. Since breaking up with her cheating fiancé she has thrown herself into her work as a beauty editor at an Orlando magazine and completely forgotten about any work-life balance. So thanks to a cousin’s wedding, Jessica heads to the UK for a well-earned break. Will Jessica let her hair down finally?

Here is the full synopsis:
‘Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fiancé, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she’ll be maid-of-honor at her cousin’s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.

But when she steps into the church on her cousin’s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan—James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She’s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather’s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess. Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.’ (Credit: Book cover)

"Lucky Girl" is told from Jessica’s viewpoint. She feels there is an obvious spark between Nick and herself that feeds her fantasies about him. I didn’t fully grasp the connection between them at first, as it seemed to be based on a very brief (and embarrassing) encounter years back and there isn’t much conversation between the pair in the first parts of the book, it’s more a fantasy in Jessica’s head. By the later stages though I felt this connection grow.

Unfortunately, I found some of the language and references repetitive and annoying. I hate to say this, but it did dampen my enjoyment of the book, although I know from reading other reviews there are other people that found the same things endearing, so, as ever with book reviews, to each their own. For me the ‘ack’s and ‘whooah’s and constant references to a cartoon character ‘Chicky Dee’ (what would Chicky Dee do in this situation, etc.) grated on me.

Jessica spends a lot of time with her UK family and I enjoyed the light, fluffy and funny moments between them, along with the make-up/dress-up sessions and girl talk. This book is full of humour; I just sometimes felt it was trying a bit too hard on this front. Overall, I’d say those looking for a light and quirky read will enjoy this book.

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