Sarah Jamison is on a mission to find a boyfriend for her lover’s partner; and Sarah’s best friend comes to the rescue with an idea so crazy that it just might work. Enter the enigmatic Mike Connor. Sarah hates the man on sight, despite the fact that her body tells her otherwise. Mike Connor is smug and full of himself; but Sarah thinks that with his help, she can finally be with the love of her life.This book was a really short book and one that I was looking forward to reading. However, I was under the impression that the main character of this story, Sarah was a lot younger than she actually was. By reading the blurb, you would think that Sarah was a young heroine, in her early twenties because the kind of scheme would only come from someone who was young, stupid and very insecure, right? Well, Sarah Jamison is not a young woman of 22 or even 23, 24, 25, hell not even 35...she's 40. So what's a 40 year old woman doing playing games like setting up her boyfriend's girlfriend with someone else so that her boyfriend will finally have the balls to be with her out in the open? I have no freaking clue.
All I can say is that by the time I'm 40, I hope that I'm still not insecure or down in the dumps as much as Sarah was in this book. In the beginning of the book, where we learn all about how Sarah is still hurting from a break up that happened 12 years ago, I knew right then that I probably wasn't going to like this woman.
And I was right, I just couldn't like this woman.
She's pissed that Moira, that's her lover's girlfriend, keeps showing up or interrupting when she's trying to spend some quality time with her cheating lover, Jeffrey. Regardless of how many times his girlfriend is calling or showing up, shouldn't matter because until your cheating lover breaks up with her, you're the bitch not her. The thing that ticked me off in the beginning was this part of the story:
What exactly is the whole, "Get Monica's friend Mike to charm Moira away from Jeffrey" thing if not some silly game? Instead of leaving the dirt bag in the first place and sparing herself a world of hurt in the future, she's letting herself be drawn into the dumbest game of all. She's 40 freaking years old, she should know better by now. She should know that if a guy won't leave his girlfriend to make an honest woman out of you then he doesn't a) love you and b) doesn't respect you enough to let you go and find someone who will want to be with you. Also, if it's been a year that you've been seeing this guy and he still hasn't left his girlfriend...what makes you think he ever will? In all of those 365 days out of the year, he couldn't find one of those days to break it off with her? I'm sorry but that is not the kind of man anyone should want to be with and that's also something that I had better know by the time that I'm 40. That's a lesson that everyone should learn BEFORE, LONG BEFORE they turn 40.
“We play this both ways,” Mike explained. “I charm Moira away from Jeffrey, and you make Jeffrey jealous.”
“Jealous? Why do I need to make him jealous?” I was puzzled.
“Don‟t you know anything about men, Sarah?” Even if I didn‟t I certainly wasn‟t going to admit it to Mr. High and Mighty. And to think moments earlier I‟d thought he wasn‟t half bad.
“What are you talking about?” I felt affronted.
“Men don‟t want to have it handed to them on a silver platter, you know. They still like the hunt. So let him fight for you.”
He threw me a confident smile. Of all the conceited, arrogant, condescending things to say! “Listen, Mike, I don‟t know what kind of women you‟re used to, but I love Jeffrey and I‟m not about to play silly "come and get me" games with him. So let‟s stick to doing this my way, and that is to charm Moira.”
The more that I read this book, the more I thought that Sarah couldn't possibly be 40 years old. She acted like she was a teenager, a hormonal teenager who needed to get a great big smack on the head of reality. I mean, she's at party playing stupid games, acting like a damn fool, getting drunk and talking stupid and because I thought Jeffrey was just as stupid as her, I thought they totally deserved each other. She was a total brat to Mike and the longer I read this book, the more I thought, "This reminds me of that one book that I read and reviewed on Book Binge."
I think Sarah was more bratty than Jill was from the other book. Ugh, every time Mike came into the picture, it was like she got diarrhea of the mouth because she wouldn't shut up and I always wanted to punch her in the mouth. Then she goes home to visit with her Mom (oh, she's from the UK) and her Mom, who is like an expert hack, tells her that she hacked into Jeffrey's email account and caught him in all sorts of lies and after her Mom fills her in on what she did, what he did and how Jeffrey can't be trusted at ALL, Sarah goes to her old room and starts thinking...
"All this time I had believed that the only thing standing between our happiness was Moira, but now I was no longer sure."What do you mean, you're no longer sure? You better be damn sure of everything under the sun where Jeffrey's concerned, hello??? Have you not been listening to ANYONE in your life? Yeesh. It was around this part that I started giving up on the story. Of course, I kept reading to see if things would turn around but by the end of Chapter 11, I knew that I was completely and truly done with the story.
After everything she found out about Jeffrey, all it took was one remorseful email for her to run back to Taipei. Mike has flown all over the world to be with her while Jeffrey was too busy swapping flirty emails with Sarah's Mom but does any of that matter? She still goes back to Jeffrey and that's when I stopped giving a shit what Sarah did anymore. I couldn't read this story anymore because my blood pressure was rising and I began loathing Sarah.
So yeah, I couldn't finish this book and how sad is that since this story was only 96 pages long?
Grade: DNF (2 out of 5 of what I did read)
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