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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (TRD) (Feb. 7 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217547
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,808,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Royce, director of publications at the Los Angeles Zoo, populates her first novel with as many critters as humans, including Grouch the Cat, Rocky the Boa and Tallulah the monkey-plus a freezer full of rats from FrozenRodent.com. Holly Heckerling is a New York City jill-of-all-trades whose freelance business, Holly's Hobbies, is fueled by her boundless energy and countless gratis mochas from her best friend, Starbucks barrista Carter. Keeping herself afloat until her comedy showcase hits big, Holly juggles typing duties, animal husbandry, tax preparation and hair styling while getting dumped by her neglected boyfriend and inadvertently alienating friends and family. Lucky for Holly, it's not all crisis management: when a compelling manuscript lands in her lap, she discovers its handsome, available author may be interested in more than her typing skills. Attitude and eccentric characters abound in this rollicking novel, and fans of quirky heroines making a go of it in the big, bad city won't be disappointed.
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Format: Paperback
It's too bad Royce's two books have gone out of print--I've seen only good reviews of them (see amazon.com and elsewhere.) This was a funny book, and once I got about 1/3 into I really cared about the characters and what would happen to them. I'm going to order the second book second-hand, cause I definitely want to read more about Holly and hopefully Tallulah the Capuchin monkey!
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By Y. van Hoek on Aug. 7 2009
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Great read with lots of quirky characters that you start to love . Excellent first novel from Brenda Royce. I bought this book based on the cover which looked interesting. Quick and easy read
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Laugh-out-loud, wet-your-pants funny! March 9 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Holly has a degree in primatology from Columbia (which her family refers to as "monkey school"), but to make ends meet, she does a series of activities which make up "Holly's Hobbies". This is anything from pet sitting, baby sitting, running errands, doing taxes, and typing and helps her supplement her income while she pursues a career as a stand up comic. Holly was raised by her dictatorial aunt when after lost her mom as a child and her father deserted her.

She is the go to gal for her pals, which results in hilarious hijinks when she adds a monkey to the menagerie already holding court in her home, which means she can put all she learned in monkey school to practical use. Unfortunately, Holly can never say no to anyone, so she tends to get walked all over. When steady man Marcus dumps her in the middle of a catastrophe, she is surprised that she is not as devastated as she thinks she should be. And when sexy and soon to be single dad Tom enters her life, she has someone else to aid. And then there is the writer who has her transcribing for him. His words are poetry to her and oh so familiar.

Told in first person, this is one of the most hysterical and laugh-out-loud funny books I've read - second only to "Tales of a Drama Queen." The humor is dry and filled with so many wry observations that readers will find themselves chuckling out loud, which can be a little embarrassing on a commuter train! Pick it up and check it out - you won't be sorry!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys Feb. 13 2006
By Gerard J. Waggett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It sounds like a pretty easy recipe to turn chick lit into comedy: just add monkey. But Brenda Scott Royce's gift for comedy begins long before her heroine, Holly Heckerling, winds up caring for the monkey Tallulah. In addition to working a variety of odd jobs (some odder than others), Holly has been moonlighting as a stand up comedian. With comedy, humor often comes not only from the situation but from the delivery. Brenda Scott Royce really understands that concept. Holly Heckerling gets herself into a variety of situations (as in situation comedy)-- an early example in the novel: Holly removing a would be actress's leg cast with power tools. I won't even delve too deeply into Tallulah the monkey's reactions to Regis Philbin. What ups the comedy level in these situations and throughout the novel are Holly's own observations about what's going on. Brenda Scott Royce has a great comic voice and a perfect character through with to speak in Holly Heckerling. Brenda Scott Royce also has a wonderful gift for crafting poignant moments that don't turn maudlin or prevent the reader from comfortably getting back into laugh mode. There is a moving scene in which Holly meets David, the quadriplegic whom Tallulah has been trained to assist. Royce has created a New York in which it makes perfect sense that an aspring stand up comic would be housing a monkey and a boa constrictor in her sixth floor walk-up. It's just one more slice of the craziness in Holly's life, but a craziness not so far removed from reality that we can't all relate to it. That's part of the fun of this novel, part of the humor, the belief (the fear maybe or the hope) that all this zaniness could happen in our own lives. Janet Evanovich's blurb on the front cover likens the novel to a jelly donut; I see "Monkey Love" more as a many-layered cake with lots and lots of frosting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Delightful Read Oct. 16 2006
By Louisa Bacio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
And I thought my family was embarrassing! Author Brenda Scott Royce has a skill for building layer upon layer of believable hilarity.

Protagonist Holly Heckerling has a knack for picking up stray pets and wayward friends. With a degree in "monkey-ology" (don't make me look up the official name), Holly isn't quite living up to her education. She performs odd jobs such as hair cutting and typing, while trying to breakthrough as a stand-up comic.

If only Holly's friends and family would give her a bit of breathing room, she might have time to find herself, and a love that lasts longer than her "record" three months.

Throughout the reading, I found myself literally laughing out loud. Ultimately, you'll fall in love with Monkey Love.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Monkey Love Feb. 20 2006
By Roben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This story was fast paced, funny, yet not in an entirely slapstick way. The humor was excellent and delivered in a well-timed fashion. It seemed perhaps Ms. Scott Royce has herself tried stand up comedy.

I bought this book thinking of romance and ended up appreciating the many levels of the dysfunctional family, and having a distinct hankering to walk the streets of New York again. Oh, and I did fall in love, just not with the hero. Don't get me wrong, he's perfectly lovable, but I fell in love with the monkey. Long live Tallulah.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Had me laughing out loud July 12 2007
By N. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read A LOT of books and before reading Mokey Love I had only come across one book that had me laughing out loud. I loved this book from start to finish. Holly and her monkey friend kept me laughing through out the entire book. It's wonderfully funny.


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