Apocalipstick: A Novel About Sex, Love And Other Natural Disasters

Apocalipstick: A Novel About Sex, Love And Other Natural Disasters

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by Sue Margolis
     
 

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When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard. With his upscale suit, Hugh Grant hair, and obscenely sexy good looks, he’s a single woman’s dream come true. Finally, her grandmother can stop

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When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard. With his upscale suit, Hugh Grant hair, and obscenely sexy good looks, he’s a single woman’s dream come true. Finally, her grandmother can stop surfing the Net for eligible Jewish males. But is Max the catch of the decade - or just a major babe magnet?

Meanwhile, Rebecca’s old high school nemesis has resurfaced, a former blonde bombshell called Lipstick who is now engaged to Rebecca’s widowed dad. And it’s goodbye to articles on toe cleavage when a hot tip sweeps Rebecca to the centre of the Paris cosmetics world, where a miracle anti-wrinkle cream is about to be launched. That is, until she blows the whistle on a scandal that could set the beauty business - and the future of world peace - reeling. Will Rebecca win the recognition, not to mention the Pulitzer, she yearns for... and get the man of her dreams? Stay tuned.

Editorial Reviews

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Beauty columnist Rebecca Fine is having a lifelong bad-hair day until an unmarried hunk named Max Stoddart slips onto her radar screen. But as she focuses her sights on her mate-to-be, Rebecca begins to notice that she is not the only babe in hot pursuit. And, as if things aren't confusing enough, a former blonde bombshell resurfaces as the future bride of Rebecca's widowed dad. How is a gal to cope? The author of Spin Cycle ups the ante -- and the pleasure.
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Slapdash farce from the author of Spin Cycle (2001, etc.). Rebecca Fine, newly appointed and very nervous beauty columnist for the Daily Vanguard, is stuck in traffic and about to miss her first meeting at the paper. What better time to apply her mascara-and just as she does, the lout in the expensive car behind her suddenly honks, leaving Rebecca besmirched with a black streak from eyebrow to hairline. When she finally gets to work, she finds that her desk has been cleared for a newcomer and she's been banished to an undesirable corner. Surprise: the newcomer is the lout in the expensive car, who's actually quite attractive and becomingly modest. It's not even his own car. Max Stoddart, the new science and environmental correspondent, is bright, too. Rebecca is impressed but wary. After all, she has other things to worry about. Her Jewish grandmother, agitating for great-grandchildren, has been advertising on Rebecca's behalf on dateadoctor.com. And Rebecca's father has selected a former classmate of hers, the infinitely tawdry Bernadette O'Brien, to have a midlife affair-and crisis-with. Good news: svelte as a teenager, when she was dubbed "Lipstick" for the lurid red goo on her pouty mouth, Bernadette now has thunder thighs and looks older than Rebecca. Bad news: circumstances will force the two into a shared flat until Rebecca's father gets his act together. Even a night of erotic bliss with Max Stoddart wouldn't make up for this. And is that grandma-enlisted geek, Warren, leaving messages? Max is curious, Rebecca furious. Other medical professionals are soon sending e-mails: an ambulance driver, a cranial osteopath, two male midwives, a prosthetic limb technician . . . . And thingsgo from bad to worse when an undercover assignment from the paper's gung-ho editor lands Rebecca and Max in the Middle East, pursued by a host of nefarious ne'er-do-wells. Quick in pace and often very funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908556240
Publisher:
Apostrophe Books Ltd
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
323
File size:
2 MB

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When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard. With his upscale suit, Hugh Grant hair, and obscenely sexy good looks, he’s a single woman’s dream come true. Finally, her grandmother can stop surfing the Net for eligible Jewish males. But is Max the catch of the decade - or just a major babe magnet?

Meanwhile, Rebecca’s old high school nemesis has resurfaced, a former blonde bombshell called Lipstick who is now engaged to Rebecca’s widowed dad. And it’s goodbye to articles on toe cleavage when a hot tip sweeps Rebecca to the centre of the Paris cosmetics world, where a miracle anti-wrinkle cream is about to be launched. That is, until she blows the whistle on a scandal that could set the beauty business - and the future of world peace - reeling. Will Rebecca win the recognition, not to mention the Pulitzer, she yearns for... and get the man of her dreams? Stay tuned.

Meet the Author

Sue Margolis was a radio reporter for fifteen years, mostly for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She studied politics at Nottingham University, where she met and married Jonathan Margolis, also a journalist and author. Sue is the author of ten romantic comedy novels. Her first, Neurotica, came out in 1998 and was a bestseller in the UK, the US and Germany. Her third novel, Apocalipstick, was bought by NBC television in the US in 2011 as a potential TV series. Sue’s audiobooks are consistently in the fiction top 20 on iTunes. Sue lives with Jonathan and their family in London. For more information, see www.suemargolis.com and www.facebook.com/suemargolis.books

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Apocalipstick 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As far as brit chick lit goes, this is probably at the bottom. Very ridiculous w/ raunchy humor. The plot has no real substance. If you have time to kill read it, otherwise not worth reading.
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risuena More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I've read something by Sue Margolis and was completely knocked off my feet with laughter. I've been reading the chick-lit authors, and so far, this author is the most hilarious. I admit the storyline's okay, plot is rather predictable, and yet with everything seeming so ordinary, the way she can crack me up makes this book truly amazing. It's definitely the way she delivers her punch lines that makes this book a quick, fun read and stand out. She's on the top of my list for comedies! The characters are very lovable.
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Buttersy More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed this much since I read the "Shopaholic" series! Loved it!!!!
Maggie_H More than 1 year ago
This is the book that got me addicted to Chick lit..Sue Margolis is one of my favorite writers of all times. Her books are gripping from the first page and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Every story has great characters, heartwarming plots, and hilarious dialoged. You'll fall in love with the characters from the beginning and want to read every book she has ever written. You won't regret this buy!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Sue Margolis book, recommended to me because I love Erin McCarthy's work. Apocalipstick had so much potential. However, I found it very predictable (literally, about halfway through the book I predicted how it would end with Max and his 'goddaughter', and what Lipsticks' good news would be--big yawn) and scenes that were supposed to be funny, fell flat. I was disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read to date. It is laugh out loud funny. I passed the book on to my friend and she is now hooked too. I liked her other books but didn't think they were as good as this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Third times a charm! I read Spin Cycle and Neurotica by Sue Margolis before this one, and it was equally as wonderful. This book was amazingly funny and light-hearted. The British humor is extremely catchy and works wonders for the flow of the plot. A+!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I couldn't stop reading once I picked it up. I even found my self laughing out loud while reading it on the train on the way to work. I have recommended this book to all my friends. They have all loved it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am now reading the 3rd Sue Margolis book. They all have the cutest British humor and you are able to breeze right through them. You will enjoy this one thoroughly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very funny book, laughed out loud in public several times reading this book. Fast read, highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud as well, which is unusual! It was a fun, quick read. You will not be disappointed if you love chic lit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a book that had humor,love, everything to make it a good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
and I bought it soley based on title alone. It was a very good read. A bit corny at times and even though you knew everything would work out in the end, it still had the ability to keep your attention. Fun characters, funny situations; what more could you ask for? I read it in one day and can't wait to read her other two novels. Definitely a thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can be worse than having your widowed father marry the blond bombshell, Lipstick, from your high school class who use to put your down & bullied you? This is one of the things that happens to beauty columnist Rebecca Fine in Sue Margolis¿ APOCALIPSTICK. It seems to Rebecca that her nice grandmother didn¿t do so well trying to fix Stan, her father, up, and she isn¿t doing well with the guys she finds on the internet for her either. Traffic is as bad in London as it is in the US. Thirty-two year old Fine is on her way to work at the Daily Vanguard as the beauty columnist for her first meeting but is caught in traffic. While putting on make-up, a guy behind her honks for her to get a move on, causing it to smear. Fortunately everyone else was having trouble to work on time, also. When she gets to work, she discovers her workstation is no longer hers; she¿s been moved. Turns out the ¿honker¿, Max Stoddart, is the new hot-shot reporter, an absolute hunk , & the owner of her workstation,. Rebecca & Max get past that early morning situation enough to start dating-hot and heavy. Things get sticky when Rebecca believes Max is stepping out on her. Rebecca has ambition; she wants to become an investigative reporter. When an anti-wrinkle crème is being touted by one of the famous make-up companies, Rebecca head off to Paris with her friend to try to get a sample, no matter how. She has figured out that the cream is the cause of women saying very unpleasant things to people that they never would say. The crème is not for sale yet, so fortunately only a handful of women have had access to it. The twists and turns involving trying to snatch a sample put Rebecca in jeopardy. Margolis weaves a good, humorous story, including suspense, with the Lipstick/Stan situation and the blabbermouth crème scenario. Fans of Margolis¿ SPIN CYCLE and NEUROTICA won¿t be disappointed in APOCALIPSTICK. I wasn¿t.