by Lisa Plumley

March 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7111-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Can a girl who lives on Ramen noodles and Lean Cuisine find happiness with a guy who wears Armani suits and drives a roadster? The answer is yes if they are characters in this charming novel by Lisa Plumley.

April Finnegan and Ryan Forrester are definitely on opposite sides of the social scale, but a week spent together in the tiny town of Saguaro Vista while canvassing for corporate sponsorship levels the playing field between them and also brings them closer personally. April is riddled with neuroses, about money, her family, money, her looks, money, her job, money... well, you get the idea. Ryan, on the other hand, has been jilted once for money, and uses it as a weapon, a tool, a crutch, a comforter... well you get the idea.

How these two seemingly unmatchable people end up deeply in love is the core of this lovely tale; everything April does rings true to those of us who have shopped the Reduced for Clearance sales, and rummaged through Swap meets! Her sense of self-inadequacy is more than equaled by Ryan’s assorted complexes, not the least of which is a wallet that assumes a life of its own. The eccentric secondary characters are perfectly detailed – in fact there is much about this book that brings the work of Jennifer Crusie to mind! The humor, love, chaos, humanity and idiocy of real life are all present, mixed with a steady hand. Add to that one of the longest periods of unresolved sexual tension and you have a fun read!!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good giggle with their romance, you can put the box of tissues away for this one – the only tears you’ll see will be those of laughter!!

Reviewed in May 2002 by Celia.

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