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Replacing Barnie (Candy Bar Book 1) by [Wilton, Patrice]
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  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Press; 1 edition (July 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIC308
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By JM on September 22, 2012
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The primary female character in this story is a complete wacko. She's so unlikeable that I found myself pulling against her. The basic story line has her getting pregnant after a one-night stand, and grappling with what to do about it. She spends a lot of time acknowledging that she'll make a horrible mother because of her self-centered life style, and the fact that she doesn't even like kids. In fact, it's pretty clear that she doesn't like kids and they don't especially like her, given how her nephews react to her and vice-versa. Even the neighborhood punks spray paint her in the face (yes - they're punks, but still...). Then, in response to all of her whinging, her brother and sister-in-law, who have suffered 2 miscarriages and really want children, offer to adopt the baby. She freaks out, accuses them of baby stealing, and storms out of the house in an amazing demonstration of totally wacked-out absolutely unjustified over-reaction.

She refuses to tell the father of the baby that she's pregnant because she decides she wants to keep the baby all to herself, something she reaffirms on a regular basis, even though it's quite clear that he would be a marvelous father. No - no reason other than she just doesn't want to share. Mine! Mine! Mine! She repeatedly and deliberately lies to him about it, and in general treats him quite poorly. She justifies her nasty behavior because she's had two relationships in her life that didn't work out. The woman is 40 years old, never been married, and thinks that two unsuccessful relationships are an anomaly? Get real!

Meanwhile, she's having problems at work with a very competitive colleague. In this case there's no doubt that the colleague is a piece of work herself.
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I liked Jed. He was basically an honest man although Lydia decided he wasn't without giving him a chance to explain anything. After all, he didn't have to tell her the condom broke. She didn't know.

After she found out she was pregnant, the most irritating thing of all was page after page of her denying it to Jed, keeping the information from him, and taking about how the baby was hers only. That level of selfishness and immaturity in a woman of her age wasn't humorous in the least.

Then we go on to Lydia and her friends behaving like they were PI's following people, impersonating federal authorities, and taking photos through open windows. Ridiculous.

Jed wasn't even around for a good portion of the book after she found out she was pregnant. Lydia's redeeming qualities were that she was good to her friends and she genuinely seemed to care about Jed's kids. Her redeeming qualities were not enough for me to overcome her behavior surrounding her pregnancy.

I don't even understand why it was necessary to include that whole silliness about the Candy Bar and its magical essence or whatever. If that special feature of the bar was included at the beginning of the book, it didn't stand out enough for me to acknowledge or remember it.

I honestly don't know why Jed would want to waste his time with her. But then again, his character wasn't the type of person to walk away from a child of his. Hence, the statement form Jed to Lydia, "You are not qualified to be a mother".

The storyline ending left you wondering if Jed and Lydia were going to just date, live together, marry, or be together because of sex and their baby. After going through all the rest of the book, I wished the writer would have definitively stated it.

I see there is a trilogy including the next two books in the Candy Bar series. Don't think I want to waste my time.
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REPLACING BARNIE is a hilarious comedy. P. Wilton has written a romantic yet funny story, in a fast-paced, first person point of view. Thorough, honest, and dedicated to her clients, Lydia is an attorney determined to succeed in her career. Until fate plays dirty tricks on her and puts the gorgeous Jed in her way. This novel will lift your mood and help you relax.
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As a straight male, I couldn't resist reading this one. I enjoyed the "insight" into the male bashing by several women, yet found it interesting that none of the women had any decent relationship based on their attitude. I know that guys can be jerks, but so can women. I certainly never gave up hope on finding a good woman based on a few "bad apples" and I'm happy to say I've been married to my loving and lovely wife for over 46 years now, so it was with a sense of "finally" when the divorce lawyer finally figured it out for herself. BOBs might fill in for a short while, but there is nothing better than having a nice warm body (olpposite sex) that loves you back
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Lydia ends up doing something she never does and has a one night stand with Jed. She is really happy with how the night went until she finds his wedding ring. Even worse is that she is his soon to be ex-wife's lawyer. She teases up to the boss and another lawyer is assigned the case. Soon the first start of the book feels like a vacation as she deals with an unexpected pregnancy and a false sexual harassment suit filed against her. The method she takes might be a little extreme to clear her name but is perfectly understandable. This is a romantic comedy that also deals with some serious issues as well. I really found myself enjoying the book a lot.
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