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Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise

Title: A Proper Charlie
Author: Louise Wise
Sub-Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
Publisher: You Write On
Publication Date: January 13, 2011
ISBN #: 978-1908147714
Format: eBook from Author
Reviewer: Toni
Rating: 5 Cups

Charlie Wallis has everything a girl could wish for. A loving boyfriend, a nice flat and a fantastic job as a journalist for London Core. Trouble is, Charlie's boyfriend's a waster, her job title really reads 'clerk' and her flat, at the top of a high-rise, isn't that nice after all. Her new boss, Ben, is a huge bear of a man. A gentle giant, with chocolate brown eyes that hold a secret.While London Core investigates the murders of local prostitutes, Charlie wants in on the action, deciding that dressing as a hooker and walking the streets is good research.Bumping into Ben was the last thing she expected.A story of opposites not only attract, but ignite!

I don’t think I have had this much fun in a long time!! This book had suspense, sexual tension and wonderful British humor all wrapped in a perfectly packaged PG rated novel. A Proper Charlie is a delightful story of two mismatched ordinary people, finding love in a most peculiar way.

Charlie is an average woman, with an average job and with a very below average love life. She gets through her daily grind with wit and her gay best friend, Melvin. I LOVE MELVIN!! Charlie has had a hard life growing up parentless in the system. All she ever wanted was to belong. She has no family and is starving for love and attention. I would have to say that is her biggest hurdle in life. She gloms onto someone and then lives in a fantasy world, totally clueless to the pitfalls and follies of loving losers.

Ben Middleton is not your normal alpha romance hero. He is a beta all the way. Living in the shadow of his controlling dominating father, Ben is coasting through life. His father even picks out his girlfriends. He knows he needs to change things, but is reluctant to do so. After the tragic loss of his mother, Ben’s life is thrown into upheaval. It’s time to make a change. He has a task to accomplish and he will do anything to achieve it.

This book is filled with misunderstandings and misconceptions. Normally I am not fond of that kind of storyline, but Ms. Wise does a wonderful job balancing it in the plot without sacrificing the romance. I really enjoyed watching these two come together and all the problems they had to overcome. I busted out laughing several times. The supporting cast members are absolutely fabulous! Every one of them enhanced the story. I felt like one of the gang and I’m going to miss them.

So to wrap things up, you got your ho-hum woman and your run of the mill wealthy man, mix in a serial killer, a half dozen prostitutes and a gaggle of quirky co-workers and you have this engaging, fun, fabulous read. I couldn’t put it down. A Proper Charlie is a delightful change of pace. I whole heartedly recommend this book!!

Available at:
Amazon (Kindle Edition)
Barnes & Noble (Nook book)


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