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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    One of the reasons I am a fan of the Chick-Lit genre is how the

    One of the reasons I am a fan of the Chick-Lit genre is how the stories resonate with me. The plots, characters, emotions, wit, sarcasm, and the humor are all elements I find so easy to relate to. Fourplay was no exception. This story and the lead character, Jo, drew me in quickly. Anyone who has had a long term relationship end unexpectedly and badly can see themselves in this story. Anyone who has had their trust betrayed by their spouse and has to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives and start over will easily connect to this story. 

    One of the things I liked about Jo was her determination to move forward through her husband’s adultery. She allowed herself to shatter and fall apart, but she didn’t stay there. She got up and began rebuilding her life. She restarts her career, takes care of her children, and takes her life back. Healing is a long process that doesn’t happen overnight, but Jo is a wonderful example of a woman who does exactly that. I loved that Jo is receptive to new relationships but that she doesn’t rebound commit to the first man who crosses her path. I had a lot of anticipation reading the book trying to figure out who she would ultimately end up with. 

    A very interesting aspect of this story was Jeff, Jo’s ex-husband. I found his character defects and flaws quite interesting and witnessing his behavior and treatment of Jo is typical of a man who is weak and selfish. His attempt to win Jo back when his fling fizzles out came as no surprise to me. As Jo’s life seems to shine as she becomes stronger and more self-confident, Jeff’s seems to become the opposite. I enjoyed seeing Jeff eating some Karma pie, but I also pitied him. I thought it was sad that a self-made successful attorney on the outside was so weak and pathetic on the inside that he threw everything away instead of working on his problems with Jo. I especially loved it when Jo actually tells him that she should thank him for walking out on her and the kids. 

    I also enjoyed all of the other supporting characters. Jo’s brother, her best friend, her parents and the prospective love connections added to the story in unique ways. Jo’s brother was entertaining and her best friend was a god-send. Jo depends on them a lot and I loved that they were there for her. I empathized with Jo about the relationship she has with her parents. Jo’s mother was overbearing and hard to tolerate and Jo struggles with it for most of the book. Towards the end, we get a wonderful twist that gives Jo a whole new outlook on her relationship with her parents, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked each of the men Jo dates, some more than others. They were all unique and being with each of them brings Jo a wonderful opportunity to figure out who she is once again. 

    Overall, a very good story of one woman’s journey to rebuild her life after betrayal ends her marriage. I recommend this for readers of romance who enjoy strong female characters who refuse to let life’s roadblocks keep them from pursuing happiness. 

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

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    I am almost done with this is really good. However when you read the back, you would think the male characters would be mentioned more in the book. Some of them dont come in till the middle of the book.
    Its a quick read and fun for the beach or a winters night and I did enjoy it.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Loved Fourplay

    I think the fact that it took place in England and the characters being so relateable made this a good, quick read. It moved pretty quick after the 3-4th chapters and loved how everything came together. Because of the back cover, I did expect a little more of some of the characters,but enjoyed it anyway.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    All in all I enjoyed this book. It took me 2 days to get through it and I had a lot of laugh out loud moments. I believe that the characters were well-developed. I only had a problem with how naive Jo was. I felt that she was completely oblivious to reality. She got herself together by the end, but I felt that towards the middle I was wondering, "Why isn't she getting the picture!" I believe I was Rosie in the least in the sense that she knew what was going on and wasn't afriad to put her opinion out there. Also, I don't mind cussing and whatever, but I felt Moore went a little too far sometimes. Anyway, if you enjoy a good read and like the "F" word...then this book is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Second Chances, New Opportunities

    Let¿s face it. The world is now riddled with divorces. Women are forced to think whether this is the kind of man they¿d want their kids to spend their weekend with whenever they meet someone. Nowadays, if a husband doesn¿t stray, it is considered a `bonus¿. However, our feature lady in this book did not get that `bonus.¿ One sunny morning in the tenth year of her marriage, Jo Miles finds a photo that would change her life forever. Her husband, Jeff, confesses that the blonde bombshell in the picture is `the love of his life¿ and decides to walk out on Jo and their two children for `Candy¿ ( short for Candida). Jo needs to start all over again as a single woman, but this time, with two kids in tow, she knows she isn¿t exactly `hot dating material¿. However, she is proven wrong when a bevy of suitors come knocking ¿ her brother¿s best friend who has always loved her from the start, sexy suave cameraman Sean who orchestrates a little `accident¿ by hitting her car from behind and asking for her number, a successful record executive who tries to woo Jo with his money and promises of rock concerts for her kids and of course, a humbled and remorseful husband Jeff who, after a year of dangling his young and seductive `cliché¿ in front of Jo, admits that he has made a mistake for something so `superficial.¿ It is up to Jo to choose the path she needs to take: whether she should follow her own choices or to do the appropriate thing for her children that might mean hindering her chance at true happiness. Jo Miles is a likable character, who sometimes succumb to warranted vengeful thoughts, but at the core of it always puts the needs of her children before her. The author has also cleverly placed Jo as `the other woman¿ through one of her after marital relationships and readers will be absolutely proud of how Jo handles it. You go girl! Moore has also touched on the often confusing mother/daughter relationship in the way she depicts Jo and Pam, and how in the end the difficult mother Jo had always thought Pam was is actually the source of her inspiration for the decision she ultimately makes. The book will leave you with a good feeling because it gives you hope that a woman who has been devastated by heartbreak and betrayal can actually pick up the pieces of her life and embark on another better journey ¿ that life does not end just because someone you loved and trusted abandoned you. However, there is one closure this reader would like to see ¿ that is to humiliate the homewrecker. Now, that would have been the icing on the top of the cake for any woman out there who has been victimized by an evil, repulsive third party who does not give two hoots about destroying a marriage. A good, entertaining laugh/cry story that can appeal to all women ¿ married or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007


    This wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it was fun nonetheless. The characters were fun and genuinely likable. I especially loved Conor. The plot was enjoyable even if the slightest bit overdone. Overall, this book was a light-hearted read. A good choice if you're looking for something to fill an afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    Absolutely Hilarious

    This book made me laugh-out-loud. I was impressed with all the witty and sarcastic characters that permeate this novel. Truly, I found this book to be purely enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    You have to read it

    I loved this book! My friends wouldn't let me read it untill I was done with finals because they knew I would just read and not study. They were right I did not want to put this book down.

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