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A Deal with the Devil (Romantic Comedy) (Sweet Home Chicago Book 1) by [Matisse, Abby]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress Press; Second Edition edition (July 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PVJ5HA
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I love this book because its such a great page-turner and the characters. Amanda and Kate's friendship reminds me so much of my friendship and daily discussions with my best friend. It made me laugh out a couple of times and it made me sad when i finished it all in one night...I super recommend it.
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I got this book for free through Goodreads first reads. The opinions are all my own.

A Deal with the Devil really is a lighthearted romantic comedy. A book about a Chicago career woman who amidst her troubles agrees to pose as a fiance to her ex boyfriend who she envisioned marrying (before he broke up with her) in exchange for some money. Jake just returned from Iraq only to learn that his estranged uncle is refusing to release the trust fund money until Jake is married. With Jakes business on the line, he blurts out to Amanda his ex that the two should get married. Caught in debt with no way out, Amanda agrees to Jakes terms but in turns she gets more than she was willing to bargain for.

A deal with the Devil was a cute book. It was a nice light, clean romantic read with an interesting plot and characters. I did enjoy the whole background to the book, it was easy to follow and quiet entertaining at times, with enough going on that kept me from going bored.

The characters were good. I liked Amanda to a point, I felt bad for her because of her brother that took so much advantage of her that left her with a nice big debt that until Jake showed up - would have felt like a big mountain to over come. At the same time, I didn't feel bad for her because she looked weak when it came to her sibling. Clearly something else was going on, but without questioning she kept forking him the money, even when she was thousands of dollars in debt with everything maxed out. For someone who claims independence and refuses help constantly from people that try to give her yet she ends up take help from her ex Jake in the most unconventional way.
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Amanda's kid brother has borrowed $100,000 dollars from her over the last few months to start a restaurant business. Her financial situation is so dire, she goes to her friend's remote cabin to have peace and quiet enough to figure out what to do. When the weathermen forecast a huge snowstorm and Kate can't get in contact with Amanda, she sends Jack, Amanda's ex-boyfriend, newly back from Iraq, to bring her home. Although Jake had broken up with her a year ago, she's never been able to completely get over him. Now he's suggesting they fake a commitment, so he can get his trust fund, and he will pay Amanda enough to get out from under her debt burden. With a few subplots thrown in, this is their story.

I found the book amusing in places but not really funny. The characters are interesting, and the plot held my attention, for the most part. About half way through, the story began to drag for me. The same problems and disagreements went on for too long. However, this didn't last forever, and the action picks up again. There's plenty of pre-martial sex, but it's not explicit. Amanda had locked her bedroom door, but Jake said he'd looked in on her several times as she slept to make sure she was okay. Nothing was said or explained about the inconsistency. How Jake planned to make money for his investors in his new business of helping vets was never explained either. Who would pay for these extra services? I found a few missing commas, but the mechanics seemed pretty good. All in all, I enjoyed the read.
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I love this book! This author has a great way of developing her very interesting and fun characters. The story has many twists and turns that make you want to know more and you will find yourself not able to put it down. There is some suspense, some drama and some very funny situations. I finished the book the same day I got it. I can't wait till the next book by this author comes out.
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A Deal with the Devil wasn’t a terrible book, but it was definitely one of those books that I could not wait to just get it done and over with so I could move on to something else. It was funny at times, but for the most part I just found it kind of tedious. I wasn’t a fan of the characters, especially Amanda and her best friend and the actual plot was not all that original so there was absolutely no surprises. And of course it ended with every single person getting exactly what they wanted with absolutely no consequences from their previous actions. That sort of pissed me off.
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What a fun and delightful read! Could not put it down. Every bit as good, if not better than the Shopaholic. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you are going to love Abby Matisse.
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I am cynical enough to believe that an ex is an ex for a reason, and yet, romantic enough to believe that SOMETIMES an old love is the TRUE love of your life. Amanda and Jake are the hapless couple in this romantic comedy by Abby Matisse. Although the book is billed as "Book 1" of a series, the reader knows that there have been previous books with these characters as the story line develops. This was an irritant to me, personally, because I like to read serial books in order. Besides that, it was a good read.

Amanda is trying to escape her high-stress life with a quick getaway to her friend's cabin in the woods. Unmindful of a pending snowstorm, she is brought face to face with her past when her ex-boyfriend, a Navy SEAL, is sent to rescue her by her match-making best friend, Kate. Not only does he rescue her from the snow storm, he sets out to rescue her from a significant financial debt caused by her wayward, irresponsible younger brother. There's only one catch: she needs to play the role of his fake fiance in order for him to help her out.

I would recommend this book to my friends who honestly still believe in "happily ever after"s and who believe the love conquers all
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