Catch A Mate Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2008
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Jillian Greene is hired by suspicious women to try to pick up their slime-bucket husbands or boyfriends. In short, she's human bait. Because of her encounters with so many feckless, faithless males, Jillian has turned into a genuine, card-carrying man hater. Marcus Brody is human bait, too, the first male employee of Jillian's agency, Catch a Mate. Unbeknownst to Jillian, he has also purchased Catch a Mate, so now she's his employee. Reluctantly, Jillian begins to fall for the picture-perfect Marcus. Thinking that male monogamy is an oxymoron, she can't help but wonder if any man can be loyal. More important, can she trust Marcus? Each chapter in this wicked novel begins with a different pickup line ("Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?") as the versatile Showalter (Playing with Fire, 2006) once again shows that she can blend humor and poignancy while keeping readers entertained from start to finish. Shelley Mosley
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About the Author
Gena Showalter debuted her Alien Huntress series with Awaken Me Darkly, and followed that with Enslave Me Sweetly. She is also the author of eleven other novels.
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**** At first blush, this appears to be a light-weight read with steamy moments, nothing more. Yet, as you get into it, deeper emotions are uncovered, revealing profound truths behind the mask of fluff. There's an important message in this story along with the fun. ****
Sparks fly as the two deny their attraction which explodes on the pages in one of the most humorously sensual novels I've ever read. Secondary storylines feature her brother and best friend finally admitting their true feelings, as well as her mother finally coming to grips with the anchor she's tied around her family due to her own instability. It's a refreshingly funny romantic comedy, and I look forward to more contemporary romances by Showalter.
Alas, my problem with this was how rushed it all was. I didn't buy for one minute that these two overcame a life of betrayal by the opposite sex in the first week they knew each other. I hate when books do that. How hard would it have been to extend their courtship [and I'm verrrry loosely using that word here] to even a month? To use the word weeks instead of days when describing the passing of time? How hard?
Anyway, when on day 4 or whatever, they knew they'd fallen madly in love, after only about 30 minutes of actual friendly conversation... Well, I just couldn't swallow it.
And the ending 1/4 of the book felt forced and rushed, and frankly, I thought, ridiculous.
I was very annoyed to have wasted the time [not to mention this book ain't cheap even used!] on such yip yap, after expecting to pass the time being amused and interested in a well thought out, at least somewhat believably plotted story.
Jillian works for Catch a Mate which is a service women go to basically catch their mate trying to cheat on them. Jillian loves to work there because she is in essence a true man hater because of her father who cheated on her mother when she was younger. Marcus, who is the male counterpart to Jillian who thinks women are evil because of his horrible ex-wife. He buys the business she works for and let me tell you, the sparks fly. The start out having a verbal hate relationship, but in reality it covers their lust filled gazes for each other. Can you imagine what happens next?
There are also a secondary cast of characters that will have you wishing for their own stories. We have Jillian's best friend who was an ugly duckling in school who had a big crush on Jillian's brother. Their little romance is adorable and the total opposite to Jillian's and Marcus's, which is very hot.
If you want a book that will cheer you up about love and finding the right mate for you, you must read this one. There are not enough words that can describe this wonderful, funny read. A little loopy yes, but by the end you will feel so good about yourself and this story.
WOW! I loved this book! I'm partial to hate-turns-to-love romance books and this one is one of the best I've read. Jillian and Marcus are sooo bad! A man-hater and a woman-hater ---do you think they have issues? LOL! They are at each others throats all the time. And at the same time there is this HUGE underling sexual tension between them because all that fighting is REALLY turning them on. Showalter's writing is engaging and down-right hilarious. I laughed a lot!
There is also a really cute secondary romance with Jillian's brother and her best friend. I wish there was more of them too.
So I recommend this book to anyone looking for a hate/love contemporary romance. A bit of fluff thats really funny in some places.
Some other hate-turns-to-love romances that I've enjoyed are:
Jinxed! (Harlequin Blaze, No. 303) -first story by Jacquie D'Alessandro
Bad Boys In Black Tie (Watson Brothers) -story by Erin McCarthy
Jingle Bell Rock -story by Nancy Warren *my favorite*
Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Berkley Sensation)