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Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
There he is again No more rich men for Marley Cartman. Absolutely not. Thanks to her dad, her ex-fiancé, and the overbearing donors she schmoozes for a living, she's had more than her fill. From now on, she wants blue-collar men with dirt under their fingernails. But when Marley makes a break to handle donor relations for a wildlife sanctuary, she finds herself drawn to the annoyingly charming—and disturbingly wealthy—chairman of the board. The kind of man she doesn't want Judging by his hipster T-shirts, motley assortment of canine companions, and penchant for shaking up stuffy board meetings, you'd never guess that William Barclay the Fifth is a brilliantly successful businessman. Will has good reason to be leery of scheming women, and as he and Marley butt heads over the wisdom of bringing grumpy badgers to charity events, he can't help but wonder if his new donor relations coordinator is hiding something other than a perfect figure beneath that designer suit... Praise for Believe It or Not:
I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick lately (and have had MAJOR puppy-fever), so when I saw Frisky Business on Netgalley? I couldn’t help but request it! A light hearted romance with a puppy? It’s sure to be a win, right?
Light Hearted is exactly what I got – Marley has just left a bad relationship and is now looking for the exact opposite of her normal type (rich and successful) and Will is skeptical of everyone he meets. (But who could blame him, his ex-wife leaving him for his sister and all?) Which lends itself to some pretty hilarious moments.
But those hilarious moments quickly got old for me, with the jr high sex jokes abound. (Seriously – I couldn’t go two pages without some cheesy innuendo – and while Tawna Fenske explains it as a coping mechanism? I’m sorry, I just don’t see two 30-somethings making crude sex jokes CONSTANTLY as funny.) And example? Will and his ex-wife were constantly discussing how his wife, April, left him to play: Tickle the Tulips, Tickle the Jelly Bean and Tickle the Lint-trap. Not to mention the hide-the-salami jokes, an about 300 other tasteless innuendos. (And while I occasionally find them funny? When I could keep a running tally for the book and it would be well over 100 in 300 pages? Not my thing.)
Aside from the annoying jokes, I didn’t find Will to be all that endearing. (Why have I been picking up books with pathetic/lost-dog-like leading males lately??) He was so insecure, and his eccentric nature(wearing bedroom slippers in public) was just too much for me.
That aside? I felt like Tawna Fenske told a good story, and her humor was wonderful most of the time! A great example? Marley has a string of REALLY bad dates – including a guy who asks her all about her plans for marriage/babies/etc before the appetizer even arrives! Her dates were hilarious.
I wanted to love this one, I really did – but there was just too much on the side of humor that didn’t really appeal to me, so I felt a bit let down! (But that said? There are a TON of 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads! So I think I’m in the minority on this.)