by Christina Bartolomeo

September 2004
ISBN: 0-312-32366-2
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Dominica Magdalen Regina Malone, aka Nicky Malone, is a public relations representative who has never quite gotten over her ex-boyfriend, Tony Boltanski. Ever since she and Tony went their separate ways five years ago, Nicky hasnít been having the best of luck with men. Her most recent fiasco involved Jeremy, a man who cheated on her for six months until she finally discovered the truth about him.

With yet another failed relationship under her belt, the last thing Nicky needs to deal with is the combined matchmaking efforts of her mother and her cousin Louise. When a nurseís strike brings Nick and Tony back together, Nicky must evaluate her life choices and decide which side she needs to choose in order to truly be happy.

In 1998, Bartolomeo diverted us from our humdrum lives with her humorous and insightful debut novel, Cupid and Diana. Unfortunately, The Side of the Angels does not follow in its predecessorís golden literary footprints. Instead, it pursues the rocky path of a weak storyline and unexciting characters.

Although Nicky is a likeable character, it isnít Nicky herself who is likeable. What makes her tolerable to the readers is the fact that sheís surrounded by entertaining friends and family members who have their own engaging stories. Nicky is just so darn boring as a person. As a result, it makes it very hard to remain focused when reading this novel. The political dealings and the nurseís strike were actually more exciting than the happenings in Nickyís personal life. Tony was just as uninteresting, and it was quite a relief when this overly long story came to an end.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Natasha.

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