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Just The Way You Aren't (A Zebra bouquet romance) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2001

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Lynda Simmons is a writer by day, college instructor by night and a late sleeper on weekends. Being an incurable romantic with a twisted sense of humour, Lynda found the call of romantic comedy irresistible. After all, where else can you combine the fears and foibles of real life with a good laugh and an unabashedly happy ending? When she’s not pounding the keyboard, Lynda loves canoeing, movies and e-mails from readers. So why not pop over to www.lyndasimmons.com for a look at her other books, and drop her a line while you’re there. She’ll write back, guaranteed. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Zebra bouquet romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082176800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821768006
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,472,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story reads like a Harlequin made for T.V. movie back in the early 90s, Sincerely, Violet with Simon MacCorkindale. It’s a quirky obscure little romance but even after all these years, I remember it fondly. The premise is the same as this book’s – a heroine changing her appearance and assuming another personality to reach an objective but falling in love complicates everything and she has to come clean, eventually. Just the Way You Aren’t has a much better and more believable storyline and I quite enjoyed myself.

The author sets up a reader by giving only surface descriptions – what everyone sees and assumes and is very one dimensional. Enough is shared for a reader to buy into the stereotypes and as soon as it seems that Michael Wolfe is a cold hearted man, and Sunny’s a frumpy, frizzy-haired air-headed artist, Ms. Simmons blasts those perceptions to pieces and delivers a hero with a very guarded heart, and a heroine with a passion and goal for life that rivals the hero’s determination to remain uninvolved in life. They collide and the romance is magic.

An element of the story that was crucial in making me feel deeply for both the hero and heroine was Jess, Sunny’s daughter. She’s a precocious young lady and very important to the tale because the author never forgot that Sunny was a mom first. The interactions between mother and daughter were oftentimes adorable, sweet and very true to life. There are moments when Jess acted or spoke as much older than her years so wasn’t true perhaps to the age she was purported to be in the book. That doesn’t take away from her sweetness or ability to help the plot when she’s on scene. For the most part, it worked and worked well – especially with the scenes with the chalk and the rose.
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Canadian author Lynda Simmons paints a fun-filled picture of romance in her latest novel Just The Way You Aren't.
Spunky artist Sunny Anderson has been commissioned to paint a mural in one of New York's luxury hotels. As she puts the finishing touches on her work, she comes in contact with Michael Wolfe, the man responsible for refurbishing the grand hotel. Intrigued by the handsome and personable hotelier, Sunny soon finds herself becoming a little more than interested - she discovers that she is falling in love!
Michael Wolfe is a solitary kind of guy. A widower, he is content to travel from job to job, keeping his personal relationships as temporary as his addresses. But when he meets the beautiful young muralist Sunny, he begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love in his life.
Simmons fills her delightful story with amusing situations and a cast of colorful secondary characters that keep the action hopping. Her heroine Sunny is a hard-working single mother who, although surrounded by her extended family, finds that she must exert her independence in order to maker her own place in the world. Readers will be rooting for her to succeed.
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4 out of 5 stars! Since there are bunches of subtle "fairy Godmothers" in this novel I was thoroughly curious to find out who would be marked as the bad guy or "evil step-mother." The main candidates to be crown the behind this scenes title of "evil step-mother" was either going to be Judith (Michael's boss) or Moyra (Sunny's mom). Yet as this novel progressed, you find that both Judith & Moyra are not evil in any way, they are just two very determined women who are set in their ways. And while this compelling story has the buildup of a fairytale, it isn't one, it’s based on a man who's lost the ability to dream and a woman who has the strength to show him the way.

Sunny & Michael are an intriguing couple from their first real meeting at the masquerade to their playful banter with each other to their easy relationship around Sunny's daughter. It all held me spell bound, wanting to read more but also sad to see it end. They’re a great couple!

I recommend this novel to those who like contemporary romances that have whimsical hopes of fantasy included in them!

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Sunrise in Manhattan brings an interruption to hunky hotel project manager Michael Wolfe. He likes women who like to share a few laughs and a bed without promises or expectations. Women who don't mind interruptions in the name of business. Michael travels light, without baggage, holdups or unscheduled stops. But he can't quite forget the curvy painter of the mural, despite the baggy overalls and baseball cap.
Crashing the party of the year at New York's finest hotel was Sunny Anderson's biggest opportunity to change her life. With her mural on the ceiling above, Sunny can make new contacts and create new opportunities for her work. Maybe finally make enough to move out of parent's home, put away money for her daughter's college fund, and quit waiting tables at her mother's restaurant. But creating an elegant Sonja for the evening is quite a challenge for this paint splattered artist who prefers high tops to stilettos.
It's a magical night and Sunny, now Sonja, is entitled to a moment of madness between her schmoozing and networking. In her elegant Grace Kelly look, complete with fabulous butterfly mask, Sonja becomes something more than a painter in a baseball cap. As the ballroom fills with color, music and laughter, Sonja attracts the attention of Michael, relaxing, becoming beautiful, powerful and desirable. One night, one moment of madness and then the magic's interrupted by business. Cinderella only leaves behind earrings to mark the night's passage, and now Michael knows how Prince Charming felt.
Sonja becomes Sunny to return to the world of children, family and responsibilities. She gains a new project from the night of magic -- now she's commissioned to create a mural in the penthouse, which just happens to be where Michael lives.
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