Sometimes good intentions aren't enough. No one knows that better than Monique St. Cyr, parochial school dropout, dieter extraordinaire, and want-to-be investigative reporter with pit bull tenacity and a habit of leaping headlong before she looks.
Monique, obituary writer for a tabloid-style newspaper in Portland, Maine, lives next door to her mother, Anne Marie, an erotic fiction author. Anne Marie enlists Monique's help to do research for her next book about couples who meet online...by filling out several personals for her daughter.
Monique is swamped with emails, and her life gets even more complicated when she meets Jake Dube, a policeman with a wicked grin and a heated gaze.
Monique has goals and dreams just like everyone else. Some are modest in nature; some are pie-in-the-sky, but all are hampered by all-too-familiar issues. Monique is an obituary writer but wants to be an investigative reporter. She has a houseful of abandoned pets, a slight weight problem, a tendency for fibbing; she can't cook, and lives next door to her meddling mother. Monique also would love to meet a good man, but has no intention of marrying until she's a success in her chosen field. Quirky Monique charges headlong into life and often gets into trouble. It doesn't help that her novel-writing mother corresponds online with prospective dating partners for Monique in the name of research. The first time she has a brush with the law, she meets hunky cop Jake Dube. Although he's very interested and they develop a steamy relationship, those pesky issues prevent Monique from giving her all. Warm and lighthearted, Amos' novel will charm readers with its vivid characters, especially the spirited and all-too human Monique.
Romance Reviews Today—Perfect 10 (partial review)
GETTING PERSONAL is a delight! The book is filled with a cast of characters that provides plenty of chuckles and laugh out loud humor—the parrot who spouts obscenities, the "private eye" who works at Radio Shack, the parade of men who respond to the online ad, and Monique's mother, flower child turned erotic writer, to name a few. And then there's Monique herself, a quirky gem of a character who is a times side-splittingly funny while still exhibiting enough vulnerability and emotion to make her fully dimensional. Jake is the perfect foil for Monique's craziness; where she's impulsive and plunges headlong into trouble, he looks before he leaps and is somehow always there to pluck her out of the messy situations she gets herself into.
For a wonderfully funny, entertaining story, I highly recommend GETTING PERSONAL.
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