by Tanya Anne Crosby, contemporary (2010)
Olivia-Heber Books, $0.99, ISBN N/A
Lady's Man is a novella that is hard to read. No, not because the story is particularly awful, but because someone thought it'd be grand to use two different sizes of font in the epub file. There is no rhyme or reason to the usage - it's as if the big fonts decided to show up whenever they felt like it. Well, at least the font size is uniform within the same paragraph, because varying font sizes within a paragraph would be too much of an eyesore for me. Something tells me the person that formatted the epub file could use a bit more finesse where technique is concerned.
As for the story itself, it's nothing too interesting. You probably have read this story many times before: the hero James Heywood and the heroine Annie Franklin end up sharing the same vacation house as a result of some logistical screw-up. Actually, James owns the house, but he doesn't use it all the time, so he rents it out when he doesn't have to be there. Annie Franklin rents the place, but somehow the agency handling the whole process forgets that James will be using his house during that time.
Since it's the Fourth of July weekend, it's impossible for Annie to find another place to say. James is willing to share his home with Annie, and Annie, despite her reservations about James's tendency to go "clothing optional" at his side of the house, has no choice but to accept his offer. Guess what happens next.
Nothing here is too surprising, and since this is a novella, I can't expect too much when it comes to depths and what not. Still, I do wonder about Annie. She's always flustered, flabbergasted, flummoxed, exasperated, and more by everything and anything, that I find myself waiting for her nervous breakdown. It doesn't happen here, but given how easily everything, even James, can send her into her tizzy, it's probably just a matter of time.
Anyway, this one is what it is for $0.99. Familiar, predictable, and painless to read, this one screams "a quick romance fix". Just don't expect too much from it.
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