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Just The Way You Aren't (A Zebra bouquet romance) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2001
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
-- read more of this review, a teaser, and an excerpt on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the characters; the right amount of laughs and romance.
I will be looking for more books by this author.
Wonderful story! Poignant,charming,endearing and sexy. Family you can relate to. Laugh out load humor.Published 14 months ago by cindy parson