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Love, Inc. Kindle Edition
When three girls get their hearts broken by the same guy, they don't just get mad, they get even. And then they get rich. But can they love again?
Zahra, Kali, and Syd meet by chance in group counselling for teens of divorced families. When cheerful, diplomatic Zahra discovers they’re all dating one nefarious charmer, she’s devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? The misunderstandings and culture clashes within her own family must have blinded her to the truth in relationships.
Kali and Syd are equally distressed by the betrayal, and the three girls join forces to show the cheater the folly of his ways. The mission is such a success that other teens eagerly offer to pay for their consulting services, and “Love, Incorporated” is born.
Soon they’re so busy with matchmaking, mediation and meting out revenge that Zahra lets down her guard and gives romance a second chance. But when business gets too good, can she handle the pressure without falling apart … or will Love, Inc. tank and take them all down with it?
Get this clean, laugh-out-loud story about the redeeming powers of friendship, love and family now!
Then grab the sequel, Bad for Business!
Looking for more sweet and sassy rom-coms? Count on Yvonne and Sandy to capture the heartwarming humor of first love in their books:
- The Black Sheep
- Girl v. Boy
- Love, Inc.
- Bad for Business (Love, Inc. #2)
- Vivien Leigh Reid Series (Acts 1, 2 and 3)
- Vivien Leigh Reid Collection (Boxed Set)
- The Rom-Com Collection (Boxed Set – 7 books)
“Zahra's struggle to reconcile her Scottish American heritage with her mother's Muslim traditions and her sarcastic quips with her Pakistani grandparents… add depth to this breezy, happy-ending romance.” ~ Booklist
“Genuinely endearing, narrator Zahra reacts authentically to betrayal, her parents' separation and the confusion of assimilating her Pakistani and Scottish-American roots. Smart dialogue and a hip cast of characters keep the story engaging...” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“...Compelling and delicious!” ~ RT Book Reviews
“This is a breezy read with strong appeal for those looking for something ‘clean’ to enjoy.” ~ VOYA
“...the story flows so well and the sometimes humorous plot is intriguing and skillfully crafted.” ~ Children's Literature
About the Authors
Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout have been making readers laugh out loud with their romantic comedies for many years. Join their newsletter for humor, hijinks and a sign-up gift.
Sandy Rideout is also the author of the “Dog Town” series of romantic comedies:
- Bitter and Sweet in Dog Town
- A Match Made in Dog Town
- Lost and Found in Dog Town
- Calm and Bright in Dog Town
- Tried and True in Dog Town
- Yours and Mine in Dog Town
- Nine Lives in Dog Town
- Great and Small in Dog Town
- The Dog Town Collection (Books 1-3 Boxed Set)
- The Dog Town Collection (Books 4-6 Boxed Set)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07LFNWRX5
- Publication date : December 17, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1213 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1989303110
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Zahara was a great character. She is intelligent, motivated and loving, but she's got a lot to learn about life as well. I thought that the authors here gave us a great mixture of confidence and uncertainty. Zahara is in high school, which is always rough. But, add in that it's a brand new high school, which means she needs all new friends and her parents are going through a separation and it's easy to see why she's having a hard time, and why she's so happy to spend time with Rico, her new boyfriend.
I loved watching Zahara try to regain control of her world. She tends to utilize extreme thinking, swinging from one extremity to the other swiftly, which I thought was perfectly suited to her character. One of my favorite moments was when she decided she was going to take control of her parenting, demote her parents to a back seat role, and just not tell them. :)
When her parents force her into group therapy for kids whose families are going through a split, she's not expecting to gain anything from the 'experience'. But instead of spending a miserable hour with a bunch of weirdos once a week, Zahara discovers two of the best friends a girl could have- and who knew?! The three girls are, at first glance, completely opposite and ill suited for friendship. Zahara, Syd and Kali each have their own issues to work through, but when they realize that the same guy has been playing all three of them, they decide to work out at least one of their issues together, and all sorts of wonderful mayhem ensues. And can I just add that I love the idea of 'framily'? It just worked!
I'll admit that there were times when the plot was a little predictable. I saw several big events coming from a long way off, but I found myself completely okay with that. I never knew exactly how the events would develop and I was enjoying the characters so much I was completely okay with knowing a bit of what's coming up.
I think I've heard mention of a sequel to this in the works, and I have mixed feelings about it. I can see where the authors have room for a sequel, and I even think I know a few of the things that might happen. On the one hand, I definitely feel like this novel could easily stand alone, and a large part of me feels that it should be left to stand alone. I got a great sense of closure and ending from the story, and believe that things are going to work out well for these great people, but that actually needing to read about how they get there would ruin it for me.
The other part of me would love to read what else these girls get themselves into, and how they work out more of what's got them down. And really, it's not like they actually learned their lessons the first time around. :)
I'm sure I'll end up reading the sequel if what I've heard is true, and there really are plans for the second. I can only hope I like the sequel as much I enjoyed the first.
The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on what girl he happens to be with at the moment.
When these girls come up with a plan of revenge, they have no idea it would change their lives forever. Soon the idea of Love, Inc. is born and with that comes a big list of changes. The girls ultimately learn to be better friends as well as great entrepreneurs!
Zahra along with her two supporting characters, Kali and Syd, are three girls that will stay with me for a long time. Zahra is sweet, always thinking of and doing for someone else. She is the type of character that is endearingly nerdy but so kick-butt at the same time. I wish I could say I was half as awesome as her. Her two best friends, Kali and Syd are two peas from two VERY DIFFERENT pods. Kali comes across as the pretty, talented, tree-hugging, airhead. However, she is strong, smart, and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to their little business. Syd is a girl who one would call an onion. She has lots of layers. Syd comes off as tough and very "I hate the whole world" however, she is just hurt by her parents and Eric and she really just doesn't know how to deal. Underneath all of her anger, Syd is really a big sweetheart. I love all three of these characters! Yvonne and Sandy did a superb job sticking to the right personalities. I was able to see the characters grow an exceptional amount throughout the book without losing sight of who they really were.
The title of the book, Love, Inc., would lose a lot of importance if it weren't for a little romance, right? Well this book sure has it! After their initial act as a group, revenge on the ex-boyfriend, the three girls actually spend a lot of time trying to fix up couples. There were so many relationship issues touched upon on this book; I found it really interesting and entertaining how they all coped with each individual issue. Aside from fixing up couples, Zahra finds herself in a romance, or two, or three. First there is Riaz, the apple of Zahra's grandmother's eye. He is Pakistan, cute, confident, and just the type of boy you bring home to mommy. After things fizzle with Riaz, there is Andrew. He is your perfect, preppy guy; athletic, good-looking, and nice. Sadly, things didn't work out with Andrew either. Just when Zahra is about to give up for good (a position that MANY teen girls have found themselves in), Kali mentions her older, extremely good-looking brother, Brody. Regardless of his annoying confidence and irritating remarks, Zahra can't seem to get him out of her mind. But after watching their parent's failed relationships as well as seeing theirs go down the drain, will these girls be able to move on and find live again?
I recommend this great little book to most girls, especially if you are fans of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! Definitely a very cute book dealing with boys, heartbreak, revenge, and finding love again.
(Yes, I found it very reminiscent of that book, and I mean that in the best way possible!)
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Zahra MacDuff está vivendo em uma situação nada fácil. Seus pais estão se divorciando, seus avós voltaram do Paquistão e ela está tendo de enfrentar a terapia em grupo por conta do divórcio. A única coisa boa em sua vida é seu namorado Rico. Mas Rico não é tão fiel assim. Zahra descobre que suas companheiras de terapia Kali e Syd também são namoradas do mesmo menino. Eric, Rick, Rico, não importa qual nome o garoto use, ele as traiu e a as meninas desejam vingança.
E é assim que nasce a Love, Inc., a empresa criada pelo trio para ajudar outras pessoas nos assuntos amorosos. A leitura é rápida, cheia de momentos divertidos, e com conteúdo, não apenas algo superficial. Zahra faz qualquer um se divertir e se deliciar com suas aventuras românticas (mas que não são o tema central do livro, deixando claro). E é interessante ver como a personagem principal lida com o divórcio dos pais e o confronto cultural que ela tem com seus avós.