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Dollars & Diamonds Paperback – January 20, 2012
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But watch out because this is a hot ride too!
Did I say that two hot blondes were the main characters? Imagine tripping up a gorgeous Greek waiter then handcuffing him and taking him home. Get the picture?
And then there's Brad. OMG Brad!!!
And Bobette, the transvestite with whom Jean confides.
I won't give the ending away. I won't even say if Jean and Brad make it together.
All I'll say is "You've got to read this one!"
Nonetheless, “Dollars and Diamonds” made me laugh consistently throughout, and while it's fairly typical of the genre, I have to admit, the characters and backdrop definitely ring true to me as Brighton-born.
It’s a light comedy and a straightforward enough story of three female friends (well, two female and one crossdesser): Jean, Tammy and Bobette, living a fabulous life of Prada shoes, partying and (ground-floor) penthouse apartments, shopping and enjoying the Brighton nightlife, all while never doing very much work to fund their lifestyles.
It has plenty to make me (and you) laugh throughout, with one of the trio of friends telling a drug dealer he should appear on Dragon’s Den; another getting her dog christened, with Bobette, the transvestite, as godmother/father; spending an intoxicated weekend in a haunted house, taking a cab round the corner to avoid walking in heels, and internet shopping for a Chihuahua as a present for the victim of an online scammer are some comic highlights.
Of course, being chick-lit, it’s mainly about the friends’ relationships and entertaining mishaps in the pursuit of them, including a cat that becomes enamoured of the christened dog, a date night spoiled by a medium, Jean passing takeaway Thai food off as her own cookery; arguments about shopping, an anniversary at McDonald's, endless catty remarks, and a plethora of typical rom-com style entanglements.
Besides the Brighton-based misadventures, the novel is driven forward by Jean’s relationship with a new man and their various attempts to spend quality time together and enjoy each others company away from the other chaotic happenings.
All of this is quite reminiscent of how unusual Brighton life really is, and Paris has a keen eye for the foibles and friendships of the people who live there (not that I know anyone who’s had identical experiences, but still).
The various comic strands build gradually to a surprising and sudden denouement, unexpected and a bit unrealistic, though perfectly in keeping with the characters and the environment.
I probably won’t become a dedicated reader of the genre, but I found it more than entertaining when on a long and gloomy train journey to Edinburgh.
Overall, this is a great read to relax with, to take on holiday, and to divert and make you laugh at any other time.
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I chose Dollars and Diamonds, thinking I would try reading a light, funny read. Dollars and Diamonds was a hard to read and finish as an ebook. I found a lot of grammar and improper format throughout the story and that had me stop within the beginning. It had some potential, but I wondered what the conflict was and was a bit disappointed in the writing.
While this book is about a woman who believes her husband cheats on her or as I think it was from what I could understand. However, looking on Goodreads, I saw it is about the adventure of three women, Paris, Tammy and Bobbett though this seemed like the author really tried to show the close friendship between the women.
Dollars and Diamonds, was a super light novel and any reader who likes to read a quick read might enjoy reading about the women and their adventures. I also read it on my computer as an ebook and maybe it would have interested me more if it had been in hard cover. I would be interested in reading another of Paris Jean’s novels to try out another subject from her.
A good man may look sweet on the outside but inside he's superficial to the core.
Vanity overlaps with absurdity which keeps the reader wondering the emotional depths of these characters.
Humorous, clever dialogue, flamboyant characters, entertaining banter, and distinctively
creative storytelling with an interesting twist, makes for a charming tale.
Dollars & Diamonds is impressive with the sheer witty way in which the author, Paris Jean penned this novel.-EK Ellis
( I received this book free for review )