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No Competition [Mass Market Paperback]

Debbie Macomber


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Book Description

June 1987 Silhouette Romance
Local architect Shayne Reynolds is an art collector, but when it comes to Carrie Lockett he's as interested in the artist as he is in her California landscapes and stunning portraits. The talented and reclusive Carrie, however, rejects his overtures, but she won't tell him why…even though he knows she returns his feelings.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373085125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373085125
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,928,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bestselling romance author Debbie Macomber in Manga! March 29 2007
By D. Merrimon Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Carrie Lockett has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful twin, Camille. Every time Carie had a boyfriend, he gravitated to Camille at first site. As a budding artist, Carrie paints a picture of her twin. When the rich, talented, and handsome architect Shane Reynolds buys the painting at a local exhibit, Carrie wonders whether the purchase was inspired by her talent or his fascination with her sister's beauty. When Shane commissions Carrie to do his portrait, will he discover her feelings for him? Even more, can she keep him away from her sister Camille? The surprise ending is classic Macomber and a perfect stroke --- a true delight!

In true Manga style, this book is read from right to left not only in the pages but also from panel to panel. At the back (or traditional book front), the publisher has a helpful page instructing the reader how to read Manga and shows a numbered diagram about how to read the panels in the correct order. Even without this guide, the order becomes apparent intuitively within a page or three, but the diagram gives the reader confidence. The artwork is "printed in flirty pink ink" to reinforce the appeal to the female reader.

The drawings by Yukino Hara could not be more perfect as illustrations of the emotions and conflicts in Macomber's story. The eyes are expressive and emphasize the inner feelings of the characters. Even the drawings of the secondary characters such as the art gallery owner dazzle the reader. The small panels of such items as a wallet, a telephone and a credit card, heighten the suspense and the side dilemmas that motivate the characters. Yukino Hara uses one type of panel to indicate a passage of time and helps the reader notice the time and location shifts. Her use of modified Japanese characters for exclamations heightens the emotions and the tension. Yukino Hara is a perfect match for Debbie Macomber in this Manga rendition of a fun tale.

The publisher recommends this book for ages 12 and up. Personally, I think this book is suitable for girls perhaps a bit younger who may be reaching puberty and wondering about boys. Other than a kiss, there is no explicit sexuality. Above all, this book reinforces positive body images for girls and also an appreciation for the talents of individual over expectations. This book is a must have for adult Debbie Macomber fans.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Excellent Oct. 15 2006
By Valeria F. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No Competition is the second Harlequin manga I've read. I'm not an Harlequin reader myself, but I'm a great manga, specially shoujo manga fan. When, the book is nice, you can read and enjoy a simple and sincere love story. The main character is a bit annoying but reliable, you may find many people like her with absolute lack of selfconfidence. Competition between sisters is very common too and the story is well constructed. Her love interest is a nice man, not the egoistic [..] of Holding on to Alex (*I almost gave up Harlequin manga after this one*). The art could be better, but it's not bad at all. Nice reading, not the best but I liked it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Main character got on my nerves.... March 9 2012
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a Harlequin Pink Manga (yes even the drawings are inked in pink), about a young woman named Carrie and her twin Camille. Carrie is the blonde tomboy, while Camille is ultra feminine. Despite the fact that both girls are drawn beautifully Carrie has a complex about being unattractive in comparison to her more beautiful and feminine sister. This complex she retains into her adulthood in the form of a strong sense of inadequacy and jealousy.

When Carrie meets a young handsome architect, interested in purchasing a painting by her of her lovely sister, Carrie assumes the architect is only interested in the painting's subject- Camille, when in fact the architect Shane has already fallen for her.

I thought the art was quite lovely, even if the pages printed in shocking hot pink were seriously annoying. I found myself irked with the heroine for constantly wangsting about how pretty Camille was, her freckles, and how Shane must prefer Camille and the manner with which she constantly ran away from Shane when she got upset/annoyed. Carrie behaved like a tween, not an adult woman with a career, and her jealousy/sense of inadequacy as far as her sister went got to an almost absurd level and detracted from the story. I can see having a pang or too, but when an obviously pretty and attractive thin blonde girl finds herself unattractive and unlikable because of her model thin looks, and beautiful hair, I've got to say that she should try being genuinely ugly and see how much more sympathy I might have for her.

Shane was a nice normal guy, and his attraction to self-obsessed Carrie was hard to fathom. Still, this wasn't all bad. The art was nice, and I thought if they had made Carrie less insecure the story might've been far better.
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't hate it but the picture and the discription are 2 different books by two different Authers Jan. 7 2014
By laura brune - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I perchased this book for my daughter and didn't get the right book on this perticular sight the picture and the disscription are two different books. Amizon has two different books as one the only thing that is the same is the name.
5.0 out of 5 stars no competition Jan. 4 2014
By Kathleen Stamour - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
you will love this story by Debbie Macomber you will want to share with all your family and your friends

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