Title: Lucky Girl
Author: Cate Lord
Publisher: Entangled Sept. 6, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Summer Romance – Contemporary
How I Got It: Net Galley
Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fiance, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she ll be maid-of-honor at her cousin s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.
But when she steps into the church on her cousin s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.
Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.
Very predictable contemporary romance. Girl’s been hurt by a jilted lover. Girl thinks she’s fat and ugly. Girl spies gorgeous man whose way out of her league (or so she thinks). Girl and guy dance around their attraction, she never really believing he could like her. Girl gets guy into bed. Girl (or guy) makes a stupid mistake/lie and loses guy. Girl gets buy back through some dramatic act or he just shows up on her doorstep.
Overall, a very quick read. But I’m now having issues with all these romances novels where the girl constantly thinks that she’s ugly. When are we going to ease up on body issues? Not everyone can be/should be/wants to be a size 0 with no hips or boobs. I prefer real women curves. Jess’s insistence that she’s ugly (even though she’s like a size 4) gets her into these awkward situations with gorgeous man Nick. Can we get some stronger (no physically strong, but emotionally strong) women in these romance novels? I think the damsel in distress act has run its course.