All or Nothing

All or Nothing

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by Claire Cross
     
 
Witty, wonderful, and quirky romance from the USA Today bestselling author!

Jen Maitland never had any use for handsome guys with easy charm until she met Zach. He's the perfect fake date to end her mother's matchmaking scheme before it starts. The only problem is that Zach isn't as predictable as he appears...

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a

Overview

Witty, wonderful, and quirky romance from the USA Today bestselling author!

Jen Maitland never had any use for handsome guys with easy charm until she met Zach. He's the perfect fake date to end her mother's matchmaking scheme before it starts. The only problem is that Zach isn't as predictable as he appears...

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date-only to invite him to her family's Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile, and he's betting that he can unravel her mysteries.

Despite Thanksgiving dinner becoming a familial nightmare for Jen, Zach has the time of his life and finds that Jen may be worth a commitment after all-even if he has to convince her by any means necessary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425214992
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Series:
Coxwell Family
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.24(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Claire Cross makes her home in Canada with her husband, far too many books, and a variety of undisciplined houseplants.

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All or Nothing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zachary Coxwell is intelligent, charming, and funny. But due to unresolved family issues, he's avoided making commitments other than to his dog -- picture an apartment empty of furniture. Then he meets Jen Maitland to whom he's instantly attracted, and he dedicates himself to making her smile -- even if that means singing Elvis on karaoke night! Jen Maitland has commitment problems of her own after a successful battle with cancer. Afraid to embrace life, she sets only short term goals, like waitressing and knitting small fruits and vegetables. She seems perfectly content until her mom threatens to play matchmaker unless Jen brings a date to Thanksgiving dinner. Enter Zachary Coxwell ¿ gorgeous, materialistic and shallow. He's the perfect fake date to stop her zany, liberal family from meddling ¿ they'll hate him on sight. Instead, they adore him. And when Jen sees that there's more to Zach than she first assumed, she finds herself trying to make him smile. Zach and Jen learn they have more in common than outward appearances would suggest, and they're thrown off balance when unexpected feelings emerge. Soon, furniture appears in Zach's apartment, and Jen's knitting projects grow, symbolizing their newfound courage to move forward and their hope for the future. Still, they must learn to trust themselves, their families, and each other, if they're to get at the truth of who they are beneath their protective layers. Only when they take that leap of faith, can they resurrect long-buried dreams, and love without holding back a part of themselves. Zach and Jen's tender emotional journey is both romantic and fun. The story also celebrates family, as Jen's colorful relatives weave their way into your heart with some of the funniest and most poignant scenes in the book. Also, though All or Nothing stands alone, the endearing Coxwell family 'Zach's mom and siblings', from Cross's other books in the series, makes an appearance. Be prepared to laugh and cry ¿- it's that kind of novel. The author's lovely prose, rich characters, and witty dialogue help make All or Nothing a great read. I highly recommend this story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following her mom asking her if she is gay and ordering her to find a Yuppie to marry and have babies with, Jen needs a date for her family¿s Thanksgiving dinner or her matchmaking mom will provide her with one. She decides Zach is perfect as her escort. Zach agrees to go with her.---------------- The pair have a good time together even with mom beaming. Zach wants to see Jen again and she reluctantly accepts their going on a date. When he decides he needs to know more about her, she actually surprises herself by telling him a truth she is ashamed of although she expected him to flee in disgust Zach wants to see Jen even more as their pretend relationship feels genuine at least in his heart.------------------- This is a fun lighthearted contemporary romance starring two likable souls who have in common an anti commitment syndrome and a love for one another. Jen is a delightful character as she barely blinks when her mom, ¿caught in a 1970s time warp¿, accuses her of being gay because she isn¿t married yet. Fans will enjoy the antics of this couple who insist ¿I¿m not in love¿.--------------- Harriet Klausner