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Arm Candy Hardcover – May 13, 2010

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She's as perfect as it gets, the tabloids blare, but suddenly, Eden, the heroine of Kargman's fun and flashy if not exactly groundbreaking latest, is staring at middle age, a dead-end relationship, and regrets about the one who got away. Still, the biggest downer for the downtown arts-scene beauty is her upcoming 40th birthday. So she does what any tasty piece of arm candy does—finds a rich, charming, 28-year-old hunk of her own. Don't be afraid to cougar out, best friend Allison urges. Not everyone is happy with the choice, least of all art-king Otto, who still needs the leggy beauty for his muse. But when young Chase falls hard for Eden, she finds herself thinking more and more about her first, perfect love, Wes. The ending is a foregone conclusion, but Kargman's quick wit and fast-moving story bounce along agreeably, assisted by the amusing quotes that kick off each chapter (Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician). Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) gets it, even if her heroine doesn't. (May)
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Eden is the gorgeous, glamorous muse and lover of abstract painter Otto, who is much older than her. Twenty years ago, she was a struggling model, and she broke her own heart by choosing money and security over her doting boyfriend. Though Otto and Eden have been together since then and have a son, they never married, and Eden turns a blind eye to Otto’s dalliances in exchange for wealth and ease. Now that she is nearly 40, the arrangement doesn’t seem so appealing, and she leaves Otto. Not long after, she meets Chase Lydon, as blue-blooded a New Yorker as they come—and 11 years her junior. She loves the whirlwind new life, but just as their relationship blossoms, Eden’s first love comes back into her life. Eden isn’t sure if it’s her age or her ego, but she knows she is on the cusp of an important choice. Kargman’s third novel is a romance for anyone who has felt that age is just a number. --Hilary Hatton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First edition. edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951599
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm sorry, I wanted to like this book but I was disappointed from the first page. This reads more like a young adult romance novel, or a book written by a young adult. I read the first 40 pages in 15 minutes - like reading a children's book with large writing. The storyline so far has no depth or anything that really hooks in the reader. The dialogue between the characters are equally sophomoric and insipid. I even wondered how this book got published at one point.

I really can't understand how the other reviewers gave this book 5 stars. It really isn't a 5 star book.
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Format: Hardcover
The story kept me reading, but honestly, the word obsessed is used...obsessivley, and I have yet to encounter anyone who actually speaks the way the female characters do, at least not while maintaining a straight face. I get that one of the main themes of the book is aging, but attempting to speak as though you are still in middle school does not make one young, just embarrassing.
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I enjoy all of Jill Kargmans books. They always are humorous, and well written. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read books that are not too heavy but have a good story line and keep you turning the pages. The characters are likeable, and you enjoy routing for them. I'm looking forward to her next book as well.
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By NYM on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was fairly well written, but I realized at the end of the book I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Not the main ones, not even any of the minor ones. In fact, I found I disliked most of the characters from both categories. Everyone just seemed so superficial and snobby. Just my take.
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Format: Paperback
Eden Clyde uses her beauty to get what she wants - a hot modeling and art career - and doesn't consider the consequences or who she has to step on to get what she wants. So when she has the opportunity to enjoy a life of luxury with Otto Clyde, one of the world's most famous artists, Eden wanders into his world and spends the next 20 years encouraging Otto's artistic endeavors . What she doesn't bargain for is that her lying, cheating, no-good, two-timing artist/boyfriend has set his sights on a new muse: a 20-year-old model, sans wrinkles.

Once Eden leaves and surrounds herself with a new set of friends, the almost-40 model begins cavorting with a much younger man and the City's most eligible bachelor, Chase. Just when their relationship heats up, Eden first true love returns, creating a whirlwind of indecision for the green-eyed beauty.

Jill Kargman, author of Momzillas and The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund, takes a humorous look at life and love at 40 and today's fascination with cougar relationships. One highlight of the novel is each chapter heading features a quote about aging. Quite funny!

Although the novel offers an amusing look at middle-aged relationships, the characters feel like they're stepping out of high school instead of being ensconced in a mid-life reawakening. This 40-something cougar needs a bit more.
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Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book. Really, I did. The idea of a woman who'd always been arm candy dealing with aging and coming into her own really appealed to me. But I just couldn't like it. As others have said, it really did read like a young adult book, and I just couldn't get behind these characters who were fighting mother nature so hard. Also, the dialog was so strained. And it was everywhere. There was very little description or narration. We mostly got the story not through a narrator's voice, but the voices of the characters. And they were not good voices, that's all I can say about that.

Listen, it's a good beach read. It's a good fun-sit-by-the-pool-and-don't-exert-yourself-too-much read. But it really shouldn't count as reading. It's like candy - sugary with no nutritional content whatsoever, and you'd be wise not to ingest too much of it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
exactly what i wanted for a lazy day on theshores of hawaii. fans of any great chick lit will eat this up and i loved not knowing how it would end the parallel love story towards the endwas a nice surprise
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From the very beginning, this book seemed juvenile and never improved. A total disappointment coming from Kargman... liked her other books but this one was awful. Be on the lookout for the editing error late in the book as well. It's a hoot!
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