- File Size: 491 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing (September 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L8IOWEC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penelope and Jack worked well together and the pace of the story was great.
I loved the writing. Clean and easy to follow and some serious LOL moments.
Can't wait for more from Jane Matisse!
This is the debut novel from Jane Matisse and I have to applaud her choice for her first story. The reason I say that is because this book is light, but I was still able to become emotionally attached to the characters, especially Penelope.
My blog is still fairly new, and so I've read a fair number of debut authors and one thing I see frequently is too many characters introduces too fast. Jane Matisse manages to avert this by placing her new characters in strategically, while still keeping the focus on Jack and Penelope.
So we already know that Penelope and Jack have a one-night- stand. But they reconnect unexpectedly when Celeste, Penelope's sister, is getting married and has been friends with Jack since college on the east coast. One thing that did strike me odd was that Celeste asked Jack, whom she calls Jackie, to be her maid-of-honor. I know the necessity of this request, in terms of the story, but it still kept striking me as sort of odd. Yes, I know we live in a different type of world, but I think that I never really saw Celeste and Jack have the friendship shown in the book that would have warranted that. And Celeste seemed to have a lot of friends whom she could have asked. So like I said, I understood why the author made it that way, but it still struck me a bit odd.
When Penelope hears about Jackie, she's obviously somewhat hurt, but assumes Jackie is a girl. Then they meet, for the second time. From there, the fun really begins. Penelope isn't thin. Now she's not obese either. I would say her size, based on the book, is average. But this story is set in California and after having a one-night-stand with someone who normally dates tall, thin, model types, you can certainly understand where Penelope assumes Jack has no interest in her at all.
But Jack actually can't stop thinking about Penelope and even he is somewhat confused by it. He realizes that she isn't his normal type, but he can't stay away. I really appreciated that Jack and Penelope can have actual conversations. The reality is that as Jack gets to know Penelope more and more, he sees her physical beauty more and more.
Another facet that sort of confused me was Celeste, in general. She's crucial to the story but she is so far in her own world, that I sort of ended up hating her. When the book starts, she's berating Penelope for not going out more. Then as the wedding planning continues, she sort of thinks for Penelope, instead of actually talking to her. Even Celeste's soon-to-be husband realizes that something is brewing between Jack and Penelope, but Celeste is in a bubble. It never struck me as the bridezilla bubble, it just seemed like she was completely self-absorbed and selfish.
For myself, I really related to Penelope. I felt like the author possibly climbed inside my mind with the way Penelope sees herself. There is a point in the book where Penelope really lets Jack have a piece of her mind. Even though I was sad to see discord between them, I was really happy that she got it off her chest, because Jack needed to hear it. Later, we see a point where Penelope's mother is talking about her (Penelope) weight and how she needs to lose weight and fix herself up so can find a man like Celeste has. Jack actually takes the chance and steps up to defend her.
I felt this was a really crucial moment in the story. The reason being is that women, whether its mothers, grandmothers, daughters, friends, etc, want to admit, we criticize each other all the time; sometimes not even knowing we're doing it. Its done under the guise of "helping" or "tough love". I knew exactly how Penelope was feeling in that moment and to see Jack come to her rescue in really the best way he can was fantastic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As I sat down to write my review, I was surprised when I realized that this was the author's debut. Yes, there were parts that struck me a bit off, but at the same time, I was able to see why those parts were there. I'm really excited to see what Jane Matisse does next, because I truly think her work will continue to grow and advance and become more addicting that I already found it to be.
The physical attraction between Penelope,the introvert book lover, and Jake,the charming man,is over the top from the first encounter,even if there isn't any logic because they are so different from each other.
They try to stay away from each other but the Fate has other plans for them.
Other than the two main characters I really liked the supporting cast too,they made the story even more funny and hilarious.
I feel like I have a lot in common with Penelope and I'm waiting someone like Jake who finally sees me.
This was Jane Matisse debut novel and I liked it so much I hope to read more stories written by this author soon.
"The Blogger and the Hunk" by Jane Matisse
What do a shy woman whom many call a wallflower and an outgoing, good looking man ("hunk") have in common? Sometimes not a lot. Sometimes a little bit here and there. But when they get to planning a wedding, watch out...you never know what is around the corner for these two.
Jane Matisse has written a wonderful and enjoyable novel that will keep you on your toes most of the way through.
With strong characters and an interesting, funny, awkward, and fresh storyline, "The Blogger and the Hunk," is an enjoyable and witty read.
I RECOMMEND this novel to all readers who want a little humor in rhe I read. It is easy read that will lift your spirits almost from the start.
The contrast between Jack and Penelope, in addition to the many laughs, is what made this read. It was a quick read but it packed a punch in the humour department.
***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***
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