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About the Author
- Publication Date : August 26, 2008
- File Size : 487 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 430 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
- ASIN : B000UZQGXK
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’ve read this book a half dozen times, and find something new to laugh at every time. If you like romcoms or who-done-its - buy this book!
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
I love the fact that the two main characters are not your typical hero and heroine.
I love the way that the setting is very much an integral part of the novel.
I love the weight that co-author Bob Mayer, a Green Beret himself, brings to the male lead.
I love Crusie & Mayer's deft foreshadowing and the effortless read.
I love the way abandonment and leavetaking are woven into the romance between Shane and Agnes.
I love the backstory of the characters, including that of the secondary characters.
I love the drama, the female insecurities, the masterful description, the poetic totality of the story that for me, packs a knockout punch.
This is, hands-down, my favorite romance novel of all time.
If you are looking for a romantic comedy with dark overtones, look no further.
If you need your hero or heroine to be icons of purity, charity, or niceness, keep looking.
This novel takes two deeply wounded people, throws them together in the pressure cooker of the last week before a big wedding, and mixes in fatal accidents, murder, murder that purports to be accidental, and thievery on an unexpected scale, considering the quiet locale. Add a touch of mental imbalance and the"bless her heart" cattiness of the deep south, and you have a masterpiece of slightly sinister romantic comedy.
This is a fun story - give it a try
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characters are so likeable that you cannot help but love them.
One reviewer of "Agnes..." discribes it as "disjointed", but I think that may be because she listened to it on CD rather than read it. I wouldn't have thought that the book would lend itself to being listened to particularly well and would say that that would also apply to several of Crusie's books, not just this one.
Here we have "Cranky Agnes" a quick tempered, pan wielding food writer, who has just bought her childhood dream home Two Rivers from her best friend's mother Brenda, in conjunction with Agnes's fiance chef, Taylor. Her dream should now have come true, except that Taylor seems somewhat reluctant to move in with her as was the plan. Agnes, who really longs to settle down with the love of her life and cook big family meals, has not had much luck finding the "love of her life", as her past two boyfriends were too keen to sample other womens goods and were hit over the head with Agnes' frying pan for their pains. A reaction which led to Agnes having court appointed anger management counselling.
However, life is much better now; she has Taylor, the home of her dreams and her goddaughter's wedding to cater for the next Saturday, things should go swimmingly. Then add to the mix her friend Joey's mob connections; the fact that Brenda wants her house back and is willing to go to extremes to get it; her best friend and Brenda's daughter LL and mother of the bride, who hates her mother Brenda as she thinks that she killed her, LL's, father who has been missing for 25 years; a bestman with an annoying sense of humour; two young gun-wielding dognappers who are sent to dognap Agnes' bloodhound Rhett, by their swamp-rat, ex-mob grandfather Four wheels; an Irish handyman named Doyle; two lonely, noisy flamingos; a sealed up basement leading to a sealed up nuclear shelter, which in turn may lead to the corpse of Frankie and a missing five million dollars; a mob Don as wedding guest of honour; the bride and groom both getting cold feet at the last minute and a pink flamingo themed wedding and you have the wedding from hell.
Then last but far from least is Joey's nephew Shane, a government employed 'hit-man', who thanks to secrets kept by Joey, is not who he thinks he is; Carpenter his partner and cleaner-upper and Wilson their controller.
Fast, funny mayhem.
This book is a deliciously chaotic but fun crime caper and really shows off Jennifer Crusie's humour and how well she and Bob Mayer work together.
Agnes, given the moniker of 'Cranky Agnes', is more feisty than cranky and she is funny and despite her issues, someone you want to be like. Although this isn't really a romance, her interactions with Shane (who himself is a gorgeous, complicated, man's man) are great and very sexy.
The body count in the book is high but the crime and murder isn't particularly gruesome (despite the book being full of mobsters and hitmen!) and is more fun and entertaining than anything. There is so much going on that you really are kept guessing and I wasn't sure exactly what was what until the very last chapter.
Overall, this is an entertaining and sexy romp of a read and certainly one that will have you turning the pages. Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer seem to be perfect writing pairing and I look forward to more of their collaborations in the future. Definitely recommended. 5 stars.