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I am an avid reader and a huge Jane Porter fan. I was so excited to read this book in it's entirety and not just the teaser excerpts!! She poured her heart and soul into this book and it shows. It is just amazing. Jane makes you want to be a stronger woman though her writing. She makes you think about what her books are really about. Tiana's story is heartwarming and heartbreaking to see what this woman goes through in life. It is a story that you can't put down until you have finished and then you can't get it out of your mind.
Jane's other books are all exceptional, however I think this and Flirting with Forty are my absolute favorites. Thank you Jane for your hard work and fabulous entertainment packed with valuable life lessons!! I can't wait for your next book!!
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Posted July 2, 2010
Jane Porter's the equivalent of a spiritually enlightened Dallas Cowboy cheerleader for women!
Damn you Jane Porter. You're incredibly talented, as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside, and your contemporary fiction always makes me cry! You are brilliant in every way and I love you.
I just finished reading Easy On The Eyes by Jane Porter and I'm sitting here sniffing and wiping the tears off my face. Her books never cease to touch my heart and to make me cheer for their complex, strong and intelligent female characters. Most importantly of all, they remind me of what is truly important in life, because Jane knows.Love. Not just romantic love, with the dashing, handsome and perfect leading man (although he's ever present), but love of family, friends, and especially of self. This is the theme of her 2009 novel, as experienced by America Tonight's beautiful, talented but aging on-air host, Tiana Tomlinson, who on the outside would seem to have it all, and she discovers in her darkest hour that she really does. She also realizes that she doesn't need a man to complete her, can take responsibility for her own destiny, play by her rules, and follow her true path.
Jane Porter first introduced readers to Tiana Tomlinson in Odd Mom Out and one of the things I love about her books is that she takes secondary characters from each of her preceding novels and tells their story in future books. She will do the same this August when her latest novel She's Gone Country about Tiana's best friend Shey Darby hits bookstores everywhere in North America. Reading Porter's novels are like taking a road trip with your best friend. You have a fantastic time and you never want them to end!
In Easy On The Eyes, 38-year-old entertainment television reporter Tiana is faced with the realization that she's going to be fazed out of her hit show by a younger protégé if she doesn't succumb to plastic surgery. In Hollywood this is a very real issue that women have to deal with all the time. It's explored here from every angle but ultimately Tiana is the kind of woman who wants to live in her own face and appreciate every line she's earned.
This is chick lit so naturally there is a dazzling and irresistible love interest for Tiana in the form of an ironic and adversarial Hollywood plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael O'Sullivan, who isn't quite as shallow as he first seems. However, for me, the most relatable element of this story is the significance of relationships between women.
As women our friendships with other women are just as important to us as our relationships with our partners. As someone who is chronically single, but who has learned how to love herself, I couldn't agree more.
Widowed Tiana, whose reporter husband was killed in Afghanistan seven years earlier, before their first wedding anniversary, knows in her heart that there's more to her than her pretty face and she wants to be seen for who she really is. Knowing that she needs to make a career change in her life before it's made for her, she accepts Dr. O'Sullivan's offer to go to Zambia to learn about an organization that he volunteers for called Rx Smile and to report stories of substance about the plight of the African people.
While the book is formulaic chick lit, Jane Porter gives her novels more substance and genuine empathy than any of her contemporaries whom I have read. She's the equivalent of a spiritually enlightened Dallas Cowboy cheerleader for all of us.
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Posted February 10, 2010
Another hit for Jane Porter!
Initially when I first heard about Ms. Porter latest novel, Easy on the Eyes, I had no idea it would feature a character I first read about in Odd Mom Out. For those of you who are familiar with this book, Tiana is one of Marta's best friends. I absolutely loved Odd Mom Out and was excited to read more about these characters (and yes, Marta does appear in this book and it's great to learn what she has been up to!).
I immediately liked Tiana. She's very talented and smart and yes, quite beautiful. She doesn't give much thought to her looks though. She believes she's moved up the ladder based on her skills and determination. Other people, however will argue this point with her. Yes, she's intelligent and good at what she does, but it also helps that she's well. . . "easy on the eyes".
When her show's ratings begin to fall, the producers are forced to consider revamping her show and adding a co-anchor. They want to draw a much younger crowd and turn the show into a "entertainment, gossip about celebrities' lives" kind of show. Tiana is faced with reevaluating her career and the direction it's headed. She wants to stay true to herself, even if that means giving up her show that made her famous.
At times Easy on the Eyes is a bit repetitive. The reader knows early on that Tiana lost her husband early in their marriage and has not dated seriously since. She's had several flings, but will not allow herself to become emotionally attached to another man as her feelings for her late husband are still raw. Despite the frequent mentioning of why she's not currently involved, the story continues to move at steady pace when Michael O'Sullivan enters the scene. Although, a bit predictable, it's fun to read about their chemistry and watch their relationship blossom.
Easy on the Eyes can be read as a stand alone novel. I also recommend Odd Mom Out and Mrs. Perfect as well. She's Gone Country, featuring Shey-Marta's other best friend-will be released this summer.
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Posted January 3, 2013
Living life in the spotlight is great, or so it seems. But, whe
Living life in the spotlight is great, or so it seems. But, when the aging, top rated entertainment reporter, Tiana, has her job threatened by the younger reporter, she is forced to see her life in a different light. She decides to do a different type of story and heads to Zambia to do a documentary. She meets the handsome plastic surgeon who changes her life. As with all of Jane Porter's books, this is one you just don't want to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2013
This was my favorite of the 4 books in this series. I think tha
This was my favorite of the 4 books in this series. I think that we all, no matter who we are or how we live our lives worry about aging and being replaced. Even though Tiana is a character set in the Hollywood limelight, I found her very relatable. The loneliness that she is keeping on the inside is something many women struggle with and search for something to make them happy. Appearances are not always what they seem. Porter does a great job of letting us see what is going on the inside of the characters and brings us insight by way of tragedies and a medical mission trip to Africa. I have recommended this book to several friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2012
One thing I love about Jane Porter is how she draws you into her
One thing I love about Jane Porter is how she draws you into her characters' worlds, how she can make the most intimidating-seeming women accessible and sympathetic. I loved Tiana and it was fun to see the others pop up--Shey and Marta of course made appearances. I enjoyed Tiana's journey, my heart broke for her when she missed her husband, and I celebrated with her when she got her happy ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2012
Tiana Tomlinson has just about everything ... looks, fame, money
Tiana Tomlinson has just about everything ... looks, fame, money ... but the one thing that she doesn't have is her late husband. In a business where youth prevails Tiana finds her career in jeopardy of being shared with a co-host who is 10 years her junior. This is a wonderful book about dealing with the stresses of age in a world where being young and beautiful are the keys to fame and success. Kudos to Jane Porter for writing a wonderfully scripted book that women in their late 30's can relate to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2010
Role model in action!
Jane Porter has a knack for writing about strong women in unusual situations. Where some women may take the easy way out and let life happen, Jane Porter's women stand strong and fight for their happiness. Tiana Tomlinson is just another example of what "strong" looks like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wonderfully written & fun to read. Everything you need in a Chick Lit book!
Newest character focus from Jane Porter
Continuing her series on a group of inter-connected thirty-something women, "Easy on the Eyes" features Tiana Tomlinson, a woman who on the outside seems to have it all, yet yearns for something more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As host of "America Tonight" an entertainment news-themed nightly national television show, Tiana is at the top of her game. However, the network execs, along with her producers seem to think that at 38-years-old Tiana should start getting work done on her face to keep up with the younger anchors. In particular, Tiana's young protege, Shelby, whose shining star is sneaking up not so gently on Tiana.
Tiana is morally opposed to plastic surgery, not necessarily for others, but refuses to consider it for herself. She is a frequent talk show guest squaring off against famous Hollywood plastic surgeon Dr. Michael O'Sullivan. She hates Dr. O'Sullivan because he's an arrogant plastic surgeon who perpetuates the myth that women are not good enough as they are, yet she finds herself running in the same social circles as him.
Tiana's true passion is to make meaningful segments about real people, not just worthless entertainment news, and she fights for every opportunity to be able to do this. However, since her ratings are down and she refuses to get her face worked on, she doesn't have a lot of pull with her network.
Unfortunately, without any family to back her up all she has are her friends, who live scattered about the country. Tiana's husband was killed seven years ago, right before their first anniversary, and she has not found anything close to love since. When she was 14-years-old, she was the lone survivor of a car accident that took her parents and sisters.
She has known loneliness her entire life, however with the holidays looming, a public break-up with a handsome movie star, and a contract renewal that may not happen without a facelift, Tiana doesn't know where to turn. That is, until she finds out that the very handsome, very arrogant Dr. O'Sullivan is best friends with her best friend's husband, and that he might not be as appalling or arrogant as originally thought.
After going to Africa where she films segments of a piece she has been wanting to film for years, where she follows Dr. O'Sullivan and other surgeons who are there donating their time and skills to benefit disfigured children, Tiana realizes that this is the trip that will change her life.
Background characters are her best friends Shey and Marta, who has been featured in a previous book by Porter. This is a wonderful chick lit series about real women who are strong characters, and I look forward to the next installment.
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Posted July 22, 2009
Easy to Love This Book!
Jane Porter has taken a character from her wonderful Odd Mom Out book, set in upscale "Microsoft" land in the Pacific Northwest, to take us to Hollywood and introduce us to the world of infotainment and high maintenance media stars. As always, she goes beyond the trite, and in this book digs into the issue of appearance valued over substance by mostly male executives in the news/features tv industry. Our heroine fights pressure for cosmetic surgery, yearnings to have a life beyond work, deep seated, unresolved issues of abandonment and unworthy feelings left over from her childhood and a too short marriage, and a sincere desire to make a difference in people's lives; and along the way she discovers a handsome exterior can sometimes contain a generous, ethical man who finally wins her heart. It was easy to love this book, and I look forward to the next one by Jane Porter (humm, I am wondering what happens with Shay...).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Another winner from Jane!!
I've been waiting for this book for months and am not the least bit disappointed! Jane creates fiercly strong charachters who can weather many trials. While these women are tough as nails, they always find the love they deserve.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tiana is quickly and surprisingly being aged-out of her job as a popular TV host. At 38 she's too old and must get "work done" to keep up with the younger audience. Tiana, however, refuses to go without a fight. Her struggles in life (losing her family at a young age and her husband just after a few months of marriage) have made her tough, but also made it difficult to let people into her heart. She's suffered enough heartbreak.
Her experiences on a mission trip to Africa open her eyes to real strife and pain. Tiana realizes what is important in life and how nothing will stand in her way of achieving that dream. A shocking turn of would-be, devastating events lead her to embrace the beautiful, loving heart and soul she's been given. Tiana won't let physical beauty be her trademark; she's better than that.
This story emphasizes the strong will and beautiful spirit of its main charachter. Sure there's a love story there, but its not at the forefront. As always, Jane's story will leave you with a smile and wishing for a few more chapters!!
I devoured this book in two days--as a busy mom of two in the middle of summer, that's saying quite a bit. Enjoy and thanks Jane!!
Posted July 16, 2009
EASY ON THE EYES - NOT SO EASY ON THE HEART
EASY ON THE EYES - NOT SO EASY ON THE HEARTWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tiana Tomlinson has everything going for her. She's got brains, beaus, plus she's beautiful; adored by America as an anchor for a top rated entertainment news program. It's everything a woman could wish for . that is, until the network decides Tiana DOESN'T have everything going for her. Such as her age. Or her face. A face that's before the cameras every night, and beginning to show some wrinkles. When the producers suggest Tiana consider plastic surgery, as well as inform her that a younger-co-hostess is being brought in to "assist", Tiana's forced to take a long hard look at the realities of the un-glamorous "business-side" of Hollywood and figure out what's really important in life. Her face? (which she desperately wants to keep) or her heart (which she's afraid of losing to a certain Hollywood plastic surgeon). For Tiana's a widow of seven years, and she knows that while hearts eventually heal, they still bear scars.
As we've come to expect from any work of Jane Porter, she does an excellent job of leading us through the emotional journey of a woman's decision to come to grips with her past, present and future. Ms. Porter's latest story aches with vulnerability, but her fans will definitely not be disappointed. EASY ON THE EYES is a fascinating glimpse into the ugly side of Hollywood, of celebrities, of plastic surgery, interspersed with haunting images from Africa where women are fighting for their very lives, and for their children's lives. Tiana's story challenges every single woman who puts on make-up every morning. What is that make-up really hiding? Can we embrace charity in our hearts, while we embrace the wrinkles on our faces? EASY ON THE EYES isn't an easy read, because it lays your heart (and Tiana's) wide open. But from Jane Porter, we wouldn't expect any less, and we're willing to follow wherever she leads. Bravo, Ms. Porter. Thank you for challenging us as women to examine who we really are, and most importantly, what kind of difference we can make in the world.
-Kathleen Irene Paterka
Posted July 10, 2009
This is an engaging chick lit romance
Thirty-eight year old hostess of "America's Sweetheart, Tiana Tomlinson wants to move past entertainment news to real news. However, she fears for her employment as the show's producer plans to bring in a younger fresher face to co-host Wither. She is also strongly suggested to have a face lift or face dire straits.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Plastic surgery is a downer as she does not want any part of it, but losing the show is a bigger issue for Tiana as America's Sweetheart has saved her life and soul since her beloved husband died seven years ago while covering a story in a dangerous part of the world. Tiana meets Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael O'Sullivan and reacts with hostility, a defense mechanism that hides her attraction from him as much as from herself.
This is an engaging chick lit romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy though Tiana's mixed reaction to Michael never quite seems real as it is obvious from the first cut they want each other and will quickly get each other. Still the story line is fun to follow as Jane Porter explores Hollywood's youth obsession making cosmetic plastic surgery a recession proof industry in Southern California.
Posted July 10, 2009
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Grand Central Publishing
Reviewer: Annie Slessman
There are many books on the market dealing with the aging process. No where is it more prominent than in Jane Porter's latest book, EASY ON THE EYES. As main character, Tiana Tomlinson discovers, thirty-eight is old in the entertainment industry even if you still look great. Tiana's job is jeopardized when the powers-that-be of entertainment news program, America Tonight, insist on adding a co-anchor to HER show. Stating that they need a fresh, new look and energy added to her show, Tiana considers having plastic surgery to maintain her single anchor status even though the surgery is something she fears and does not desire.
After losing her husband, Keith, after only one year of marriage, Tiana has placed all her energy into the one thing that she feels is hers, America Tonight. After the execs of the show insist she add a co-anchor she decides to take a break and travel to a depressed country to film a human interest story.
Although she knows Dr. Michael Sullivan, otherwise referred to as Dr. Hollywood, she finds he offers more than the eye can see. He volunteers for an organization that helps people of poverty level with their medical needs and during the filming of his journey; Tiana is impressed by his ability to quiet the fears of parents whose children he helps. A relationship develops between Tiana and Dr. Sullivan but to what extent they will take the relationship is still uncertain.
The ending of this book is both surprising and heartfelt. A good summer or winter read, Porter provides a bang for the buck.
Posted July 10, 2009
loved this book
I was not able to put this book down, great characters, I fell in love with Tiana and rooted for her throughout the book. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes to read a great chick lit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2011
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