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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Contemporary Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Jump's trademark comedic touch, readers are treated to a well-crafted story about what it means to come home...compelling." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews, November 2007

From the Back Cover

GETTING EVEN JUST GOT EVEN BETTER...

They say you can't go home again--and when home is Tempest, Indiana, "Litter Box Capital of the World," who'd want to? Not Allie Dean. She couldn't wait to leave the place that made her feel worthless when she was at her most vulnerable. Eight years later and 170 pounds lighter, Allie's back, scouting locations for an indy flick. It's the perfect opportunity to exact the sweet revenge that comes with looking seriously hot. And the guy who broke her heart just happens to have made himself very available...

Duncan Henry isn't used to being stood up, though the gorgeous blond who just ditched him looks like she does it all the time. Still, Duncan's determined to win the stranger over, if only to get close to someone with no connection to Tempest. The truth is, Duncan hasn't had anyone he could really talk to since Allison left. Yeah, there are plenty of things the ex-jock-turned-weatherman would change if he had the chance--and maybe his chance is closer than he thinks... Now, with Allie getting ready to shoot and Duncan trying to score, something's gotta give. The question is, who will give in first?

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon and Nook, and the debut of her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN in September 2013.

Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at www.eating-my-words.com.

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Shirley Jumps books are always good & thoroughly enjoyable.
Marguerite E. Glaeser
The secondary characters were also well developed and written - especially Duncan's sister Katie.
Kelly
The storyline had potential but was not given enough time to really develop.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on January 13, 2008
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Allison Gray left Tempest, Indiana right after high school determined to make a better life for herself. After seven years of hard work, she was on her way. Now Allie Dean, she lives in LA, works in the movie biz, and has dropped 170 pounds.

Seeking revenge from those that tortured and humiliated her all her life, Allie arranges for new horror movie to be filmed in her old hometown. When Allie rolls into town, she has everyone fooled. No one recognizes her - not even the family she left behind. Everything is going according to plan until she runs into the boy that broke her heart in high school - Duncan Henry. He is a local television anchor, and is still as gorgeous as Allie remembers. Duncan is intrigued with Allie Dean, but could swear he knows her from somewhere...................

Really Something is a well written multi-layered romantic drama. I don't agree with any of the other reviewers that classify this as a comedy. There are a couple of light moments, but nothing that is laugh out loud funny. Allie and Duncan have good chemistry, and I was rooting for them from the beginning. As Allie comes to terms with her past, and her family, she discovers that not everything is as it seemed so long ago. The secondary characters were also well developed and written - especially Duncan's sister Katie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
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Allison Gray left her hometown as the overweight and dateless girl that everyone made fun of. Years later, she has dropped the weight and reinvented herself as Allie Dean, an assistant to a famous Hollywood producer, and plans to set the next film in her sleepy Indiana town. She bumps into first love Duncan Henry, the son of the man who turned the town into the litter capital of the world. Duncan was one of her few friends, and after he stood her up on prom night, she wants to exact revenge from him as well as the rest of the folks who made her teen years a living hell. Duncan falls for Allie - particularly when she breaks through his sister's self-imposed exile and gets her to come to terms with her paralysis. But will Duncan return her affections when he learns of her deceit?

Jump's latest romantic comedy has a recycled premise, but it steps out of predictability be featuring engaging characters that ooze chemistry, and her gift for writing realistic and witty dialogue. Featuring funny secondary characters, this walk down memory lane will tug at your heartstrings as well as your funny bone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MNix on February 8, 2008
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Allie Dean couldn't get away from her hometown of Tempest, Indiana
quick enough. Overweight and ruthlessly heckled by her fellow
classmates, she even ran off rather than speak as her class
valedictorian. Her worst humiliation, however, was when Duncan Henry
asked her to the prom, and then promptly stood her up to take the girl
whose abuse Allie suffered day in and day out. As soon as she was
able, Allie left Tempest with no intention of ever returning. Now she
finds herself back in Tempest, scouting a movie location and shocked
to discover that no one recognizes her, not even Duncan. Allie knows
she should be a better person but she finds herself thinking about
what a perfect opportunity this is for revenge. Only the more time she
spends with Duncan the more she finds that she's falling for him
again. But when the truth finally comes out, will the revenge Allie
thinks she's been looking for blow up in her face?

With Really Something, Shirley Jump gives us a story that is sweet and
humorous. Allie is easily a character that I'm sure many will be able
to identify with and Duncan is a hero with unexpected depths. Although
I wished for a little bit more of a resolution between Allie and
Duncan over the prom debacle and the ending did seem a little rushed,
I have to say that readers won't go wrong by picking up Really Something.

Melissa
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on August 8, 2010
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There was something that didn't quite sit right with 'Really Something'. I suppose its message wasn't entirely clear - Allie Dean returns to the town where she grew up as a fat girl in order to seek revenge on those who treated her badly - particularly Duncan Henry who invited her to the prom and then stood her up. Allie's message is that people are the same inside, no matter how they look, and yet she seems rather wrapped up in her external appearance nonetheless.

The book worked well as a 'returning to your roots' story with Allie re-encountering people from her youth and being able to hide her identity from them. However I found myself troubled by Allie's message; in some ways she was a good character, helping Duncan's sister come to terms with disability (although I felt this all went rather too easily), but she was also an unlikeable character in the way that she treated her family.

The romance side of the book was a bit disjointed with Duncan and Allie not quite connecting for some time. There was a side plot about Duncan's family expectations and I found that this actually worked rather better than some of the main plot threads. Overall, however, I found the story rather average; Allie may be slim now, but she is the same person inside - and I'm not sure I entirely like that person.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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