by Dawn Atkins

March 2004
ISBN: 0-373-44185-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Realizing that no one truly has a perfect life, Claire Quinn's goal is at least to get hers, on a faster track. She is still on the entry level with her ad agency job, but has big plans to change that soon. She has recently rented a much nicer apartment with the promise her current boyfriend will move in and help defray the cost of it. That plan goes south when Claire finds out; in a very public way on Valentines Day, that her lover is married!

After the public humiliation, Claire is comforted by her loyal friends, the Chickateers, who will listen to problems with your love life as long as you don't snivel. Claire is able to find a roommate, Kitty, who is more than a little wild. She tries to jump back into the dating scene with some "nice guys" and her mentor at the ad agency seems to be helping with her latest project. Life should be the proverbial bowl of cherries, but there is no chemistry with the "nice guys" and her mentor is a bit of a lech. To make matters even more complicated, the one guy she is attracted to is Trip Osborn, who is a street musician who does other odd jobs. His philosophy of life is to drift and make no commitments. He sure won't fit Claire's idea of a perfect life.

is the perfect blend of wit and romance. The heroine has real life problems, but tackles them with grace and humor. The hero has hidden his past hurts behind a commitment phobia cover, but that makes him all the more endearing. Harlequin has a hit on their hands with the Flipside line. Even though they are geared to the twenty-something reader, there is humor and poignancy that appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Atkins is a great storyteller who sees the value of friendship, humor and love and how it is important to all our lives, no matter how imperfect they may be. She deserves much success in her writing career.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Roberta.

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