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The first thing Freda notices about Nick is that he's beautiful. Beautiful and (in her mind) out of her league. At first Freda assumes Nick is gay, but from the start (as in the first day they meet) Nick lets her know that he's interested in her sexually. When Freda sees Nick perform onstage dressed as a woman, she's intrigued, confused and - maybe in spite of herself - a little turned on. Despite Nick's blatant sexual advances, Freda is ambivalent - could this gorgeous creature really be interested in her? Will she wind up just getting hurt? So Nick and Freda settle into a pattern of being "just friends", until that little subterfuge just won't work anymore. And then things get interesting...
There were many things that I liked about this story. I think the author captured what it means to be young and single and experiencing your first real love, with all the accompanying excitement, confusion and heartache. Obviously, the "Hero" of the story is unconventional, really kind of a bold choice in my opinion. Freda's first person narrative is infused with some raunchy humor and there's no denying that the whole storyline made for a nice change of pace from the billionaire-bad-boys-and-the-virgins-who-love-them romances that are a dime a dozen right now.
Despite the story's overall originality, it really doesn't stray too far from the typical romance formula. Freda is almost gratingly insecure, falling back far too often on the old "Oh, I'm too fat for this guy to be interested in me" excuse. She's described as 5' 6" and wearing a (US) size 10. Not a waif to be sure, but certainly not overweight. And no matter how many times Nick told her he found her beautiful, she refused to accept it. Had I been able to insert myself into the story I would have gone all Jillian Michaels on her and told her to either accept herself as she was or for Pete's sake cut back on the booze and the bacon & cheese sandwiches and hit the gym. Freda's self-esteem issues were, in my opinion, overplayed.
My biggest gripe is something about Nick's character that I had a hard time getting past. (This next part might be considered to be a minor SPOILER). Before Nick and Freda become romantically involved, Nick has a one night stand and he doesn't treat this woman very well. He has a whole conversation with the woman (right in front of Freda no less!) about how he only visits the "Lady Garden" (as he refers to it) under very special circumstances. He also goes on to regale Freda and her friends with stories of the woman's "Lady Garden" in a derisive manner. I am quite surprised that the same author who was willing to push the envelope with a unique storyline felt the need to trot out this hoary old trope. Yes, I "get" that Nick is trying to send the message that he'd be willing to stop and smell the roses in Freda's "Lady Garden" (which I guess he intuitively knows is superior to all the other mundane gardens out there), I just wish he didn't need to denigrate a woman other than the heroine to get his point across. Why does showing disdain for another woman somehow make the heroine appear special? In my opinion, it doesn't. It just make the Hero look like a jerk. (Now exiting the SPOILER zone)
To sum it up, I am glad that I read this. It was interesting and quite original in parts. I am one of those women who like to be just the teeniest bit in love with the Heroes in my Romance reading, and Nick (even outside of his "Viv" persona) was too feminine and androgynous for me to feel that attraction. The important thing though is that the author does convince you that Freda feels it, and that's what Romance is all about.
Frequent strong language and explicit sexual content.
So, yeah, it had a bit of a dark element, but mostly it was...funny. A little dark, a lot funny. I laughed all the way through it.
Fred, the girl, and Vivica, the boy (AKA Freda and Nicholas) meet when Nicholas moves in next door. She has no idea that he's a totally straight guy who just happens to enjoy performing on stage while dressed in women's clothing. She only sees an amazingly hot guy with a quick smile and flirtatious manner who she hopes she can be friends with. Nicholas sees an attractive, sarcastic and funny girl who makes him laugh - and who he tries to charm into his bed right away.
Fred and Viv are both great characters and I immediately fell in love with both of them. The building of their relationship and the changes it goes through as they debate the advisability of moving from friends to lovers is totally believable. And so fun!
I don't really know what else to say about this book except that I loved everything about it. Everything. It probably won't be what you expect it to be - unless you expect it to be a great story that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.
Adult language and sexual content.
“Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love….”
This tale has heart and soul in leaps and bounds with Freda, I loved her wit and humor from the beginning. She is that character that you instantly want to have as your BFF and know that you would get on perfectly.
Nicholas, to some, would be the perfect man. If you think about it, he is very sexual and masculine, one minute. Then he morphs into the basically the “gay BFF” who can shop for purses and shoes. He has better taste than most women. It is the best of both worlds.
I loved the narrator on this, she was wonderful. This is a story I would love to see brought to the big screen, but since it isn’t the main stream it probably won’t. It is so heart achingly beautiful yet full of so much humor, I can give it no less the 5 HUGE Boundless Stars!