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A Proper Charlie - comedy romance with a feel-good factor!: For anyone as long as they aren’t ginger Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Ug. Glad this is a free download. If I'd spent a single cent on it, I'd probably throw my Kindle into a brick wall.
Charlie is a mess; she is cute, good natured, witty and terribly insecure. She allows herself to be used by her on again/off again boyfriend Andy, in hopes that he will ask her to marry him. The author does a good job rounding out her characters, I found Charlie interesting and sad. I really didn't like her much, which made it hard for me to invest in her story. I loved her best mate Milton, who was a bit overbearing, but he was just looking out for Charlie's emotional welfare. He also provided a lot of comic relief that I enjoyed.
Ben Middleton is the new corporate head and is totally smitten with Charlie. He is the son of an overbearing wealthy father who wants to see his wimpy son marry a high society woman. Ben is good looking, vulnerable, insecure and has a hard time relating his feelings. Complicating the matters is the death of his mother, the revelation of a family secret and the running away of his little sister. He is trying to hold his family together and make this corporate merger a success.
The dialogue is witty as these two story lines converge. There are misconceptions and suspenseful twists that make it an interesting and enjoyable story.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
The author creates a number of memorable and enjoyable characters. You can't help but fall for Charlie and want to see the best happen for her. You can see the vulnerability in Ben and sense a goodness in him. Melvin is a hoot but also deep down, a good guy. Andy is loathsome and makes you wonder how low does he go in his self-absorbed world. You even get drawn into and feel concern for the prostitutes stuck in a dark and dangerous existence.
Between the wonderful characters, some great creative, witty and humourous writing and a well-developed plot, this was a fun and enjoyable book to read. Once you pick it up and start reading, you won't be able to put it down.
I had a lot of fun reading A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise. It almost reminds me of Prince William/Kate Middleton, with the backgrounds being so different yet they are obviously in love. Charlie is so likeable, sometimes a little dense, especially when it comes to her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend, Andy. There is one hilarious sex scene in the book with Charlie and Andy that absolutely had me cracking up! I like that the book focused so much on Ben and his family issues- and there are a lot of them! I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book, trying to hunt down the Gentleman Abductor and also Ben trying to locate his sister. There were times where I really didn't like Melvin's character, who was Charlie's best friend and foster home comrade. He seemed really down on Charlie all the time, about her dreams of being a journalist and about falling in love with Ben. And when it came to Andy and his disgusting self-absorbed attitude, I really didn't understand how Charlie could be so naïve to look past it all. Luckily, she gets to redeem herself in the end with that situation. Overall, I really liked this book and thought it was super funny- chick lit fans are sure to love!