Bombshell Paperback – May 1 2004
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Readers may remember Grace Noonan from Curnyn's previous novel, Engaging Men (2003), as the fun, feisty friend of heroine Angie DiFranco. Angie has her man now, but Grace is still looking or, rather, holding any man who might get close to her at arm's length. She dumps Ethan when he reacts with horror at the idea that he may have gotten her pregnant. Things aren't any better at work: the cosmetics company she works for has decided to market a new line to the teen set, and her ex-boyfriend Michael, the son of the company's founder, is back in town with a new fiancee on his arm, who just happens to be the woman heading up the project. When her period comes late and Grace believes she may indeed be pregnant, she finds herself excited rather than frightened by the possibility. Curnyn's novels keep getting better; readers will love following tough, sophisticated Grace on her quest for love and family. Kristine Huntley
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Top Customer Reviews
Grace Noonan is a blonde, bodacious, glamorous fashionista who works at a successful cosmetics company. However, beneath her glossy exterior lies a woman with much insecurity. Not only does her latest boyfriend turn out to be another Mr. Wrong, but her quest to find answers to her painful past proves difficult. Grace wants to fill the empty void inside of her. Is having a baby the solution to her problems? There are various interesting twists throughout the novel.
It was nice to get a clearer picture of the friend of Engaging Men's Angie DiFranco. Grace was somewhat elusive in the aforementioned book, but now the reader gets to know her in a deep level. And I'm surprised to see that this character isn't just another shopaholic, cosmopolitan-drinking city girl with dating dilemmas -- her issues are far more substantial than that. I love this novel; it reminds me of the great books that RDI released last year. The only thing that I don't like about Bombshell is Angie. I don't remember her being so whiny and neurotic in Engaging Men. Other than that, this is a great novel. Chick-lit with soul. Highly recommended...
At work as production manager at Roxanne Dubrow cosmetics for mature women, Grace learns that the company is taking a major turn to sponsor the Roxy D line for teens. Feeling a bit (make that a lot) too old for a teen campaign, Grace still dives full throttle into the project, which brings her to Jonathan Somerfield also working the change in direction. Besides their fathers being friends at Columbia, Grace feels attracted to Jonathan, who cannot believe this amazingly beautiful thirty something is so much more mature than the picture of her at sixteen that his father has. Still with business and sires to overcome, can Grace and Jonathan find a mutual path to happiness?
BOMBSHELL is an entertaining contemporary romance starring two likable lead characters. Grace is a terrific female trying to make it in a very competitive world in which anyone over thirty is considered geriatric at best and a DOP (politically correct dirty old person) at worst. Jonathan is a solid male counterpoint to Grace especially after the shortcomings (not that silly) of her previous lover. Fans of a lighthearted romantic romp will enjoy the cosmetics war between the generations.
As a heroine, Grace is believable and tangible. Her problems are real, and the way she deals with them is refreshing. There are no pat solutions, though there is a happy ending.
I particularly enjoyed the romance that blossoms in the book. Though the characters have baggage, it is well-written and defies predictability, which, in this genre, is difficult to do.
Lynda Curnyn, whose previous two novels I had not particularly enjoyed, is really on to something here. RDI, are you listening? This is the kind of book you should be publishing.
At thirty-four Grace Noonan is still looking for Mr. Right and if that was not enough to deal with there have been a major sake up at cosmetic company that she works at. Instead the over-forty market that have been there bread and butter, they are going after the under twenty set.
This was a great book that left the reader with hope for not only Grace but themshelves. I just hope that all RDI Books are as good as "Bombshell" and those early year bad reads are done with.
Most recent customer reviews
I got this book not knowing if it would be as good as it was. I loved Grace's character. The more I read the book that more I could relate to her. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Love2Review
I read "Engaging Men" and was happy to hear that the author would do a follow-up for Grace. "Bombshell" is a good, easy read. Read morePublished on June 29 2004