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Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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Louise Wise lives in
with her husband and four
children - all boys. She is a reviewer, a blogger, a
reader and a writer.
Louise has a blog named Wise Words
where she champions England Indies and Small-Press
How do insecure vulnerable people get together?
Charlie Wallis wants the two Cs: commitment and a career. Having been raised in an orphanage after the death of her parents, Charlie wants to belong some where, anywhere really. She has aspirations of being a writer so her best mate helps her get a job at The London Core, where he is the senior copy editor.
Ben Middleton is a geek with family problems and the new head, after a corporate buy-out, of the British tabloid The London Core.
Charlie is a mess; she is cute, good natured, witty and terribly insecure. She allows herself to be used by her on again/off again boyfriend Andy, in hopes that he will ask her to marry him. The author does a good job rounding out her characters, I found Charlie interesting and sad. I really didn’t like her much, which made it hard for me to invest in her story. I loved her best mate Milton, who was a bit overbearing, but he was just looking out for Charlie’s emotional welfare. He also provided a lot of comic relief that I enjoyed.
Ben Middleton is the new corporate head and is totally smitten with Charlie. He is the son of an overbearing wealthy father who wants to see his wimpy son marry a high society woman. Ben is good looking, vulnerable, insecure and has a hard time relating his feelings. Complicating the matters is the death of his mother, the revelation of a family secret and the running away of his little sister. He is trying to hold his family together and make this corporate merger a success.
The dialogue is witty as these two story lines converge. There are misconceptions and suspenseful twists that make it an interesting and enjoyable story.
No significant issues.
Rating: *** Three Stars