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"Reconsidering Riley is another wonderfully witty, well-written, winsomely romantic story by Lisa Plumley. If you haven't read Plumley's other books, you owe it to yourself to do so!" --The State newspaper

"Plumley's clever premise, witty dialogue, and unforgettable cast of quirky characters make for rapid-fire humor from cover to cover. Readers who love the zany comedy of Sue Civil-Brown's Next Stop, Paradise or Sherryl Woods' Ask Anyone will devour this book." --Booklist (starred review)

"Reconsidering Riley is bound to be a hit with romance fans! This deliciously wicked romance evoked some laughs, a few sighs, and plenty of grins along the way." --The Romance Reader's Connection

"A breezy, enjoyable romp that showcases two very charming main characters as well as a secondary cast that's equally delightful. Ms. Plumley has a real knack for smart, witty dialogue and situations, not to mention a sure hand when it comes to setting up sizzling sexual tension between Jayne and Riley." --BookLoons

"Four stars! Reconsidering Riley is as fun and effervescent as its bubbly heroine --an entertaining romp peopled with lovable characters. The hijinks of Jayne and the heartbreak groupies will tickle your funny bone, while Riley's rugged charm makes him the perfect hero with which to get lost in the woods!" --Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"...cute premise and likable protagonists... Plumley (Falling For April) has a knack for crafting hip, realistic dialogue and screwball characters." -- Publisher's Weekly

"A fun, laugh out loud story. Lisa Plumley has a winner on her hands!" -- Romance and Friends

"Comical...with a bit of philosophy thrown in!" -- Old Book Barn Gazette

"Plumley writes her stories with such humor that you can't help but like the characters." -- The Pilot newspaper

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821773402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821773406
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,863,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jayne Murphy is your classic "girly-girl." Baby blue is her signature color and high-heeled shoes are her best friends. She's a city girl who loves her decaf soy lattes and rescuing the occasional puppy or homeless saxophone player. When the love of her life leaves her with a broken heart, Jayne channels her grief into creating a self-help book. The result is Heartbreak 101: Getting Over the Good-Bye Guys, a runaway bestseller.

Now researching her follow-up book, Jayne arrives in Arizona with five "breakup-ees" for a wilderness/open air therapy adventure. However, instead of the spa she expects, the wilderness lodge is really...a wilderness lodge with only one bathtub to be had in the entire place. To make matters worse, her wilderness guide turns out to be none other than her very own Mr. Good-Bye Guy, Riley Davis. Can Jayne survive five days in Riley's company? Can Jayne survive five days without a bath or latte in sight?

Nature photographer Riley Davis has never been able to stay long in one place. For Riley, there's always another assignment or adventure around the corner. Only once did Riley ever thought of settling down but a burst of panic made him sneak off into the night. When Riley decides to give his grandfather a hand by leading a group of women on a wilderness trek, he comes across his one true regret...Jayne Murphy. Can Riley make up for the hurt he's caused Jayne in the past? Can Riley survive five days of the Breakup-ees' anti-heartbreak workshop?

At first glance, Lisa Plumley's RECONSIDERING RILEY comes across as an example of the "chick lit" trend. However, underneath Jayne's leopard-print mirrored compact and baby blue ensembles lies a very likable heroine. She's smart, caring and a truly sympathetic heroine.
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Jayne Murphy is urban chic standing on top of the world with her best selling relationship book, Heartbreak 101, that uses her sorrowful experience with photojournalist hunk Riley Davis. Jayne fell in love with Riley, but he did not miss a heartbeat as he skipped town without a look back. Her current project is a retreat workshop for five "dump-ees" that she plans to use for her next self-help book.

However, the tour guide turns out to be clueless Riley who does not realize he is the model starring in Heartbreak 101. Neither one expected the other at this retreat, but there is no question that urban Jayne and wilderness Riley have different opinions on life yet both desperately desire the other. With no common ground except love, this second chance seems doomed to failure once again.

Lisa Plumley is gaining a deserved reputation for her amusing romances and her latest tale RECONSIDERING RILEY, will strengthen her standing among sub-genre fans. The story line is a delightful fluff that is fun from the beginning, but really hooks the audience at the retreat. The key to this comical, at times slapstick, romp is the cast. The two charming lead characters and the support group turn the novel into a marvelous merry mirth.

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Reconsidering Riley by Lisa Plumley Is truly a opposites attract novel Jayne Murphy is your typical "girlie-girl" her whole wardrobe consist of her favorite color baby blue and she can not go anywhere without her bath products. What happens when Jayne an author of a self-help realtionship novel Heartbreak 101:Getting Over The Goodbye Guys decides to hold a retreat for some of her fans who are affectionately called the dump-ees and her ex-boyfriend the subject of her book is leading the group Utter and Complete Chaos!!
Riley Davis Jayne's ex doesn't know that he is the man who inspired her Heartbreak 101 novel and is even more surprised when he founds out Jayne is the author he takes it upon himself to help "get over the bozo" that made her write the book. He proposes a plan to Jayne they can have a "fling" for closure Jayne agrees but she has conditions. But Riley gets more then just his casual fling.
My first read by Lisa Plumley and it was very enjoyable. Riley and Jayne are great characters and their romance was very touching and heartwarming some of my favorite parts are the workshops that Jayne holds for the "dump-ees"Riley not knowing what to do during the workshops decides to conduct his own workshops it is truly hilarious. I found myself laughing throughout this novel. I have now become an instant fan of Lisa Plumley
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This was a new author for me, just one of those books I happened upon and it grabbed my interest. The plot sounded like it would be a cute fun read, but I'm not sure I was really hooked into this story. I've got to say, I had higher hopes for this book. I thought the cover was cute and the blurb on the back drew me, but I feel like the story just didn't hold up for me. The storyline was cute and kind of fun, but I wasn't feeling the connection with Jayne and Riley. There was definitely an attraction there and these two had a history, but I just felt like something was missing. What??? I couldn't really put a finger on it.

Riley flip flopped between denying there were feelings there to acknowledging he never got over Jayne, to starting to think there was something there and then cutting that thought off. He knew he was still feeling an intese attraction to Jayne and wanted to be able to explore that attraction, but he also wanted to be able to walk away when things were said and done. He'd go from saying something totally heartwarming to Jayne and then turn around and say something totally ridiculous. It made it hard for me to pinpoint his character. He seemed like a man's man and sometimes he seemed uncomfortable with Jayne's girly persona and other times he seemed to embrace it. Honestly, I couldn't believe how utterly clueless he was to how he left things with Jayne and how there was no way he was the one who inspired her heartbreak 101 book. You don't just up and leave a girl you've been seeing for 6 months with no goodbye and expect her to be ok with it. I wanted to smack him upside the head with that one! :)

Jayne on the other hand never really got over Riley, though she kept telling herself she was.
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