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12/08/2013

Book Review: Fender Bender Blues By Niecey Roy.

Blurb: Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices. Now she's hunting for a new career, but starting over isn't easy. Her plan is simple --no distractions until she finds her dream job. She didn't plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.

Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend. His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can't drive. Soon they find themselves battling with Rach's grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high-school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?

... don't you just love cheesy contemporary romances?

Praise to Niecey Roy. Unfortunately I can't say I read this book in one sitting. Because I have a bloody boring job. But through all my Horrible Bosses drama, all I had was Fender Bender Blues to walk me through. Now I know I want to read books that make me laugh, adios all you writers who want me to review but have books that make me smile.

One morning, two cars crashed. An afternoon the drivers of both cars shared their first snog. Then came the promises after one amazing love-making. Weren't sure if they lived happily-ever after but that was the end.

The events that led to this union will make you laugh out loud.

So Rachael Bennett, once social worker, quits her job in a moment of self-doubt owing to a case of one reckless college mum.

Now she's scouting for a job. And her results so far haven't been encouraging. Unless you are happy being the assistant to a teenage boy (who probably wets his pants) and doing photocopying(!) at a photocopying(!) place. I can relate to Rachael, I have done photocopying before and it ain't easy especially listening to the constant bugging sounds of the copier.

It doesn't take long for her to quit.

Craig owns a dealership. No sneaky car salesman here. With an ex, that doesn't quite get that it's over, a mum on his neck to settle down, a matchmaking brother who has the hots for Leah (Rach's friend) and a lawsuit that might sent his business under, Craig has problems on his own. Until he meets Rach, who 'drives' his problems beyond his control.

The attraction is magnetic, the 'love-making' is mind-blowing and the lip-locks are well-coordinated.

What I was pissed of most about this book was Rachael Bennett. Why hadn't Niecey made her a chicklit character with the book written in her point of view? She is hilarious, feisty and a redhead. The perfect combination. She made me laugh from her outrageous gnome stunts to that toilet-paper wrapping mentioned in the blurb. So funny when you are hiding from someone you want to avoid and pretending you are unperturbed by their presence and holding a magazine at your face, then that someone snatches it and turns the magazine in the right way it's supposed to be read and hands it back.

The humor in this book makes it so not contemporary romance-y, I was wishing this was a chicklit. It would have been more exciting that way since I hated reading from Craig's point of view. Caution: I wasn't jealous of his overly-cockiness, his good-looks and his flashy rides.

I like that this book wasn't those silly harlequin romances where it's all about romance and the two leads always happen to be together (Ugh!). There's mystery, like who is the mole among Craig's associates feeding info about the lawsuit to the press. Or, why Rach is so damn amazing.

Characters I loved in this book, were the supporting couple, Rick and Leah. Rick the matchmaking brother and Leah the matchmaking friend of Rach who believes in fate more than she does love. I am not sure if Niecey wrote Maggie so readers wouldn't take a liking to her. But I did fall for her. I just have this attraction for scorned exes who play villain and I can't control it. Makes for good reading. There's also the neighbours Ms. Jacobs and Ms. Petska with their humorous lives they kind of remind me of Ms. McCluskey of the Desperate Housewives

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There's also Kathy, Craig's P.A who doesn't remind me of any character (That's a compliment), Niecey writes out her conflict with Maggie so humorously.

Overall, this book is going to get 4/5 stars

and I am only being unfair because Niecey didn't make it a chicklit.

Fender Bender Blues is Available on Amazon in both Kindle And Paperback.

Highly recommended if you want to bend a rib or two.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads as well as Amazon.

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