- Series: Cheek
- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0352341246
- ISBN-13: 978-0352341242
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,258,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fierce Competition (Cheek)
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"'4 1/2 STARS! A perfect blend of history, emotion, tension, hot sex and fascinating and sympathetic characters, and the writing is superb. Pillow chooses magical details to set the scene' RT BookClub magazine"
From the Author
Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. She was the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers' Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist and a PAN member of RWA.
She has a monthly interview column with Paranormal Underground Magazine and co-hosts a live radio talk show, Raven Radio, which was recently mentioned in Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine.
Readers and Listeners can contact her through her website michellepillow.com.
--Michelle M Pillow
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Top Customer Reviews
Fierce Competition is an erotic version of Sex and the City. Jane is a successful woman with a shopping addiction. Rather than borrow from her rich friends or boyfriend, she decides to get a job as a waitress. I admired her for taking responsibility rather than leech off her friends. Yet when she thinks she loses her boyfriend Dean, her school girl persona emerges. Rather than deal with him about his feelings, Jane plots her revenge and decides to steal Vanessa's boyfriend. My first thought was to scream, "Oh my goodness girlfriend. Why don't you ask him how he feels about you?" She just assumed that Dean broke up with her, which is just wrong. It was like her maturity level dropped by a few years and she was in high school again. I couldn't understand her logic, but I could empathize with her need to hurt Vanessa as deeply as she was hurt.
Dean is a lawyer and a Senator's son. His father believes that it is bad politics to be dating a waitress during an election year. However Dean could care less, because he loves Jane. Besides, he doesn't believe she is a waitress. Through misunderstandings and innuendoes, Dean and Jane wind up alone. I was irritated with Dean because he seemed so easily distracted by sex rather than talking to Jane. He's supposed to be a good talker since he is a lawyer, but instead he acts like a sexaholic. It takes losing Jane to make him see the light. She is more than just a bed partner. She is his life partner. When they finally got serious, their maturity shined through and showed how this whole situation would make them stronger individually, and as a couple, if only they would communicate.
All of the secondary characters in Fierce Competition are a hoot, and play a major role in shaping Dean and Jane's relationship. Like all friends, they each have their own opinions, but also have their own personal relationships to deal with. I enjoyed the fact that each of the characters found something unexpected and deeper than anything they had ever experienced before. I really admired how Ms. Pillow interweaves all these different relationships into the story, but never once was I confused or distracted during the transitions. If you enjoy erotic chick-lit, I highly recommend Fierce Competition.
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Sound juvenile? It is. And so is the writing. Between the constant designer labels mentioned, Jane's lack of maturity, and her inability to resist an overpriced pair of shoes, the story is just meaningless and trite. Even the love scenes are stale and unimaginative. Just goes to show you can't judge a book by a two sentence blurb.