Better Than the Real Thing. Sue Haasler


Better Than the Real Thing

Better Than the Real Thing. Sue Haasler

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

I was after something different to read, something light but romantic, so chose this. I didn’t notice that humour was one of the descriptions, but soon was laughing from the clever quips and snarky comments in the novel. Its not in your face, spoon feed humour, but the more clever sort, that creeps in almost unnoticed and then has the reader sniggering – and there was lots of it. “I still remember the time you set me up with that clerk from Kent”…“Lewis Lane? He was a super man”. Its stuff like that – the little bridesmaids excitedly shouting at their uncle they were having a slash… “Sash! They’re having a Sash”…. the sister describing her wedding dress choice as “blushing-bride-slash-nude” and Adrian the flatmate’s comment that it sounds like a specialist porn mag…( not that he reads those you understand!!) There’s just so much like that – him indoors kept saying “another funny bit?” as I sniggered my way through the novel.

So, as well as those lovely humorous parts, what about the characters? Well, they were a terrific mix. Lia, slightly cranky, cynical, but trying to stand up to her overbearing sister and mother. We see most of the novel from her viewpoint, and sympathise with her outlook, until every now and then she’s given some advice that makes her look at the same incidents but from a different view. Same situation, but it changes according to how you view it – like life I guess… Jane, her sister, engaged to Paul – definitely a Bridget Jones “Smug Married” couple in the making, hh calls her “pudding” ( yuck! I’d kill him…) and she’s gone really Bridezilla to everyone’s dismay. Adrian – flat mate extrordinaire – he was a great guy, clearly hot from all the females attracted to him, but also really kind, always helping Lia and keeping her on the right track, dispensing advice and hot chocolate along with Matrix reruns. Then the mysterious artist William, the co owner of Lia’s shop Don, and his wife, and the driver Eddie. They all had very big personalities, and played strong parts in the story. I loved Eddie’s flights of fancy into his would be film career, their landlord’s comments about the comings and goings in the flat, Paul’s brother Justin, who was trying hard to get closer to Lia, she wanted to but kept stopping herself. Throw in a quick bit of suspense/who dunnit along with wedding from hell plans, money worries for Don, Lia and Adrian, ( aren’t they always there?) and a fabulous dialogue and you’ve a novel that kept me entertained right to the end. And I saw one bit coming, but not That 🙂 Fabulous, and proved to be just what I was in the mood to read. It’s excellent value at £1.53 for 253 pages.

Stars: four and a half.

ARC supplied by Netgalley

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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