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Amy Sherman is pretty; Tara Messer is a beauty. Amy has a nice Manhattan apartment; Tara's suburban Tudor castle boasts an actual turret. Amy was engaged to Stuart Lasher, who took maid of honor Tara to bed and then to the altar. Now Tara has chronicled her perfect lifestyle in a book called Simply Beautiful, about to be published by Lowry and Trammell-where her editor plans to make her "the next Martha Stewart, without the baggage" and where Amy is publicity director. Can you spell delicious conflict? Heller (Lucky Stars) goes for the laughs and gets them, but there's more here than meets the funny bone. Just when the reader is ready to kill the perfidious Tara (perhaps by beating her to death with accessories and garnishes), Heller switches out of Amy's point of view and into Tara's. It turns out Tara's a real person, too. And she's in trouble. It seems she did Amy a favor by stealing Stuart, who grabs every passing ass and may bring down the family business with a fake caviar scheme. And it isn't Tara who's pregnant with Stuart's baby. Meanwhile, in another switcheroo, Amy's got a great romance budding with Tony Stiles, the gorgeous mystery author. Of course, they're only pretending to pretend to be in love-Amy to save face (she told Tara she was engaged) and Tony to research relationships-and things are going swimmingly. Though the happy ending is a sure thing, getting there is fabulous fun. Heller makes a familiar story read as brand new, thanks to a rich humanity abetted by smart dialogue, zippy pacing and all-around craft.
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Heller writes fast-moving, witty, often best-selling novels about contemporary women and their combative but loving relationships. In her latest, Amy Sherman and Tara Messer, lifelong best friends, are now all grown up and living in New York City. There has always been some friction in their relationship because Amy feels overshadowed by the extravagantly beautiful and elegant Tara (a lifestyle guru). When Amy catches her fiance, Stuart, in a passionate embrace with Tara two weeks before the wedding, she cuts both of them out of her life. The two eventually marry each other, while Amy focuses on her demanding job as publicity director for a major publisher. Four years later, Amy and Tara are thrown together when Amy is assigned to promote Tara's new book. The two women weave a web of deception, with Tara pretending her life is perfect (even though Stuart is a serial womanizer) while Amy invents a rich, handsome boyfriend, whom she then has to produce. Heller's fans will be waiting to get their hands on this highly entertaining read. Kathleen Hughes
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312996764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312996765
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm so excited that all 13 of my novels of romantic comedy are out as e-books now. I really hope those who've never tried the books will download them and that those who've already enjoyed them will want to have these new editions too. And speaking of my novels, AN EX TO GRIND is in development for a feature film. Fingers crossed that it reaches the big screen. After 9 movie options for my books I'm so ready!

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Customer Reviews

Jane Heller is one of my favorite authors.
Ellen b
She is one author that you can read over and over and never be bored.
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Little surprizes along the way keep the reader hooked.
Virginia Allain

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on July 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Amy returned early from her dentist appointment, the last thing she expected to find was her maid of honor Tara underneath her fiance, Stuart. Needless to say, the nuptials did not go on as planned, and Amy moved on to a great job as a book publicist. A chance run-in with Tara nearly five years later brings back old memories, and in order to make herself feel better, she tells a little white lie - she is engaged. Amy has always lived in Tara's shadow, and has always felt inferior to her.

Suddenly, Amy is thrust into a situation where she has to publicize Tara's soon to be published book about her fabulous life with her husband, Stuart. Her impossibly evil boss Betsy threatens to fire her is she does not manage to make the book a bestseller.

Amy begrudgingly works with Tara to start the book promotion, trying to keep it professional, while Tara wants to be friends again. After repeated requests for Amy and her fiance to join them for supper, Amy has to do some fast thinking to find a would-be fiance who is willing to go along with the charade.

Enter Tony Stiles, mystery writer and man of many fantasies. He and Amy have always had an antagonistic relationship because he hates the publicity part of his writing. He skeptically accepts a dinner date with her (that turns into a bit of a disaster), and the two find that they actually have a lot in common once their boxing gloves come off. Tony accepts a dinner date with one of Amy's clients, not aware of the whole fiance plot. A storm causes them to have to stay the night and Amy finally confesses her plot to Tony

You would think Tony would be upset; instead, he takes the opportunity to use their relationship as material for her female character, who always gets panned by critics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on December 31, 2006
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BEST ENEMIES by Jane Heller

December 31, 2006

Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars

I always enjoy Jane Heller's books, and this was no exception. BEST ENEMIES is narrated by two women, who started out as best friends growing up but became enemies when one of them was found with the other's fiancé in bed.

Amy Sherman was about to get married when she came home to the apartment she shared with her fiancé and found him horizontal and naked with her best friend Tara Messer. Tara was supposed to be her maid of honor, but that act of betrayal ended the friendship. Tara promptly married the scumbag, Stuart, and Amy didn't lay eyes on the two of them again until years later, when she bumps into Tara on the streets of Manhattan.

Amy is now working for a successful publishing company, and Tara has just sold her book to the company Amy happens to be working for. However, Amy doesn't know it yet. Instead, Amy goes on and on about her upcoming wedding plans to a man whose identity she cannot reveal, hoping to rub it in that she's happy despite the trauma she suffered because of Tara and Stuart. Unfortunately, when Amy does find out what Tara has been up to lately, she's not sure what to do. Amy has told a big lie that will come back to haunt her. Amy is told that she will be working closely with Tara to get the book published on time - in 6 months. 6 months was also the time frame Amy gave Tara regarding her upcoming wedding to the mystery man. What is she going to do?

On the spur of the moment, during a heated conversation about Tara's favorite novelist Tony Stiles, a man that Amy loathes with a passion, she's not sure why she does it, but she blurts out to Tara that Tony is indeed her secret boyfriend and soon-to-be husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen b on April 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Jane Heller is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints, and this wonderful novel is proof. Amy and Tara were best friends for years until one act of betrayal rips them apart, and then makes them both pretend to be people that they aren't, and have things they don't really have in order to impress each other. Anyone who has a best friend will see a little bit of themselves here, as Jane Heller explores the underlying competetiveness in all relationships with her usual humor and skill. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on January 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover blurb seems slightly misleading when it promises "sly wit" and "hilarious." Fresh from reading several Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic stories, I was looking for another breezy, laugh-a-minute chick novel.

Best Enemies is in another category. The plot sounds like something straight from a paperback romance, but Heller elevates the story with her solid dialogue and snags the reader into emotionally pulling for Amy as she deals with her betrayal by her fiance and her best friend.

A surprise switch in narrator gives you the "former" best friend's view of the whole scenario. Little surprizes along the way keep the reader hooked. Enjoyable and well worth a read, but not what I would call a comedy. Read it for some romance, some mystery, some feminine psychology and its trendy NY setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Northrop on August 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This Jane Heller novel delivered up an amusing tale about former best friends who parted ways under ugly circumstances, and are forced to deal with each other four years later through work. I enjoyed the banter - very witty, fast and sharp. The characters are always a little on the two dimensional side in Heller's novels, but the dialogue and typical fast-paced plot made up for it somewhat.

I really loved Tara's side of the story the most, and unfortunately, she didn't get much "airtime" in this book. She cracked me up and I wish Heller had devoted more of the story to her viewpoint.

The epilogue was completely unnecessary, but, overall it was a fun and breezy no-brainer.
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