Valentines Day Is Killing Me Mass Market Paperback – Dec 26 2006
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Unfortunately, this one does not measure up with others I have read.
MaryJanice Davidson has a kooky, madcap style of writing. Sometimes her quirky humor and characters make for an entertaining romp, other times they are simply annoying. This one definitely falls into the latter. The story is only about 64 pages long, really short even for a novella, and the story feels very rushed. It starts out humorously with a series of emails between Julie Kay and Scott, who are two employees of a greeting card company, plus the IT department and the CEO. But then it goes downhill from there. Julie Kay is strong willed, brash and foul mouthed, but then turns inexplicably ditzy at the end of the story. Either persona is not very appealing. I also find Julie Kay referring to sex with Scott as "boning" to be highly unromantic and distasteful coming from a woman's mouth. Scott, who is apparently a 6'5" sex god to look at, acts and speaks most of the time like he is about 12 years old, so it is easy to see why he is a "tremendous geek who never has sex". Enough said.
Leslie Esdaile is a new author to me. I had mixed reactions towards her story. The actual story itself is entertaining with the idea of a girls night on Valentine's day and the resulting mayhem, and the main characters Jocelyn and Raymond and the attraction between them is appealing. What I didn't enjoy as much was the style of speaking used at times. Both protagonists are African American, which is refreshing for a change. However, Ms.Read more ›
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Leslie Esdaile tells the story of a group of singles who are close friends, and dreading the Valentine's holiday. Determined to prove that they can survive the day manless, Jocelyn Jefferson plans an evening of pampering to take everyone's mind off of flowers and chocolate. But when the plan falls through and a spontaneous party gets out of hand, it is a delectable piece of very masculine chocolate which casts a whole new light on the day for Jocelyn....
In Susanna Carr's tale, Shanna Murphy has it all planned out. Reservations at the best restaurant in town and a hot date. So what if the date is not with her gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Calder Smith. Shanna seems destined to have a real Valentine's Day after all...until the date cancels and the health department closes the restaurant. Things really take a turn for the worst when Shanna's boss turns up dead....and the gorgeous Calder is right there just waiting to pick up the pieces.
Not being a fan of short stories, my opinion may be somewhat jaded. If not for Carr and Esdaile, this seasonal anthology would have been beyond redemption.
I really wanted to like it, especially MJD's story but it fell short of being a worth while read and felt more like trash.
Julie Kay, an angst adult who is hung up over how bad her blind date's have been decides to finally cave and date her co-worker who uses the word 'lurrrrrrrrrrv'. V-day arrives and Julie, who in all honest sounds like another Betsy with less fashion sense, arrives at the restaurant only to find that her date is being ushered away by the cops on suspicions of murder! The story quickly takes a turn for the worse as Julie becomes insane, and refuses to take her date back to the cops (who she was allowed to pick up on belief they would show at 1:00 the next day) afraid he'd be arrested again. There is also a would-be half done sex scene that is not worth reading. I highly recommend any MJD fan just back away from this one and continue reading her other stuff, which is much better than this.
While my two star rating is mainly for MJD the other two stories are not that good, and I could barely get through five pages. This is one book that I plan to toss.
Julie About is a greeting card writer. After a long series of bad blind dates set up by her sister, she's down on the holidays and no amount of pink lovey-dovey sentiment filled cards will change her mind.
Scott Wyth works with Julie. He's actually never met her but they've exchanged numerous emails and he's been the victim of more than one of her insulting emails. He's still brave enough to ask her out though.
Julie is determined not to allow her sister, Kara, to nag her into yet another disastrous blind date. When Scott's email arrives asking Julie out, Kara jumps on it. After all, if Julie's been emailing with him, he wouldn't really be a blind date, would he? And besides, it's just one date, what's the worst that could happen? Arriving at the restaurant to meet her date, Julie meets Scott for the first time. He's in handcuffs, and the waiter is dead. At least she didn't get stood up.
I absolutely love the emails in this story! Julie is so feisty and doesn't back down to anyone. It's laugh out loud funny. MaryJanice Davidson does an amazing job with these characters. They're smart, fun, and quirky.
A "NO DRAMA" VALENTINE'S by Leslie Esdaile
Jocelyn Jefferson has had it with all the romance drama that goes on every Valentine's Day. She has a fresh new idea for this year. A "pamper" party just for her girlfriends and herself.
Raymond Mayfield is a vice detective. He's not into the Valentine's Day thing either. Too much drama. All he has to do is look around the precinct to know that this holiday draws out the craziness in people.
Jocelyn is so excited about the "pamper" party she's throwing. She's gone way out of her way to make it truly special, only to have each of them call and cancel on voicemail, no less. Trying not to cry, Jocelyn tries to cancel The Pamper People's appointment, but at the last minute she's going to get stuck paying for the service so decides to have them come and pamper just her. Things get a bit wild and since one of the Pamper People had called a stripper friend, when an officer arrives at her door she assumes he's a stripper and grabs the goods. Definitely not a good idea since it lands her in handcuffs and being questioned while she's freaking out!
You can practically see the saucy head rolls and snappy attitude of Jocelyn and her girlfriends in this story. Leslie Esdaile uses slang dialect throughout the story that adds to the realism and makes the whole police station freak out scene so very funny.
VALENTINE SURVIVOR by Susanna Carr
Shanna Murphy has Valentine's Day all planned out this year. She even reserved the restaurant a year in advance. We'll just disregard that she's not actually dating anybody to make her ideal holiday special for her.
Calder Smith is Shanna's ex-boyfriend. He's never stopped loving her, just thought he'd give her some space. Discovering that she planning to spend Valentine's Day with Dominic, a serial dater, isn't going over well with him but he can't figure out how to stop her.
Shanna's ideal Valentine's Day goes from letter perfect to complete disaster a little at a time. One by one every plan she had for the holiday falls through, even her date cancels on her. As if the day isn't going bad enough, her horrible boss dies and Shanna discovers her body. Her perfect day has turned into a nightmare and Calder is the only person she can turn to for support.
Susanna Carr does an amazing job of taking the reader through the various stages of emotions that Shanna experiences. You can empathize with her and laugh through each new crisis.
If you've ever planned the perfect Valentine's Day only to have all your plans blow up in your face, then this is the book for you! Knowing that someone else's Valentine's Day is worse than mine always makes me feel much better. These stories are so comical that they're a pleasure to immerse yourself in and forget about your own troubles for a while. All three stories are very well written by very talented authors. Definitely a book you'll want to add to your keeper shelf.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies