Arm Candy: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

There's a cougar on the prowl in Manhattan's Upper East Side in the latest laugh-out-loud romance from "Queen of the beach read" (Washington Post Express) Jill Klargman.

Eighteen years ago, Eden Clyde exchanged her dreams of true love for a life of wealth and glamour as the muse and lover of Otto Clyde, the philandering and much older king of the art world. This seemed like a fair bargain at the time, but-as her fortieth birthday looms-Eden ...
See more details below
Arm Candy: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99
BN.com price

Overview

There's a cougar on the prowl in Manhattan's Upper East Side in the latest laugh-out-loud romance from "Queen of the beach read" (Washington Post Express) Jill Klargman.

Eighteen years ago, Eden Clyde exchanged her dreams of true love for a life of wealth and glamour as the muse and lover of Otto Clyde, the philandering and much older king of the art world. This seemed like a fair bargain at the time, but-as her fortieth birthday looms-Eden realizes the price she's paid. Eden leaves Otto, only to become hot and heavy with Gotham's most eligible bachelor: the much younger Chase Lydon. But when an old flame resurfaces, Eden must decide if she wants the life she's living and loving right now, or the love she left behind.

A poignant and hilarious cocktail of a novel, Arm Candy proves that it's never too late to find true love.


Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
She's “as perfect as it gets,” the tabloids blare, but suddenly, Eden, the heroine of Kargman's fun and flashy if not exactly groundbreaking latest, is staring at middle age, a dead-end relationship, and regrets about the one who got away. Still, the biggest downer for the downtown arts-scene beauty is her upcoming 40th birthday. So she does what any tasty piece of arm candy does—finds a rich, charming, 28-year-old hunk of her own. “Don't be afraid to cougar out,” best friend Allison urges. Not everyone is happy with the choice, least of all art-king Otto, who still needs the leggy beauty for his muse. But when young Chase falls hard for Eden, she finds herself thinking more and more about her first, perfect love, Wes. The ending is a foregone conclusion, but Kargman's quick wit and fast-moving story bounce along agreeably, assisted by the amusing quotes that kick off each chapter (“Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician”). Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) gets it, even if her heroine doesn't. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Iconic muse of the New York City art scene contemplates cougardom as 40 looms. Eden is sure her ethereal beauty will be her ticket out of her backwater hometown. Drawn to Manhattan by the lure of a modeling career, the fetching high-school dropout, after a brief stint as head groupie to a rock star, latches on to Wes, a sensitive, bespectacled architecture student. Soon, however, an older man, Otto, a painter at the top of the art heap, notices 19-year-old Eden and whisks her away to his rarified world of international jetsetters, well-heeled collectors and post-Warhol hedonism. Otto paints Eden in various states of undress, and, overnight, she's a worldwide sensation, beating out Demi Moore for glossy cover space. Otto and Eden cohabit, travel the world and produce a son, but they never marry. Through it all, Eden turns to her trash-talking high-school buddy Allison for moral support. Allison's fluency in the latest argot, and her role as cynical foil to Eden's at times enervating guilelessness, enliven the book, but not often enough. When Otto seduces his latest dewy assistant, Eden storms out, heading uptown, where her looks, still holding at 39, net another conquest: Chase, scion of old-money Upper East Siders, handsome enough to flummox an entire gay bar even if he's only there for Broadway Karaoke. He falls hard for Eden, although she's 12 years older, scandalizing his mother Brooke. His grandmother Ruthie urges Chase to bust out of his noblesse oblige and throw off the yoke of Brooke and his "Hitchcock blonde" girlfriend Liesel, whom Chase has kept hankering after the diamond in Ruthie's vault way too long. When Liesel dumps him, Chase's path to Eden is clear, but a chanceencounter reopens Eden's roads not taken, with predictable results. Despite some witty banter, there is little to distinguish this book, or Eden as a character, from others of the chick-lit genre.
Library Journal
Otto and Eden, a painter and his model muse, have been the art world's hottest couple for two decades. On the brink of Eden's 40th birthday, she catches Otto in bed with another woman; she's always been able to turn a blind eye to it in the past, but at this point in her life, it's too much. She breaks away from Otto and soon starts up an affair of her own with a much younger man. It doesn't help that he comes from one of New York's most elite families, and they don't exactly take kindly to the older, artsy Eden. VERDICT Don't judge this latest by Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) by the goofy cover and deceptively light title—rich characters, a well-developed love story, and heart help this one rise above the usual frothy fare.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101429433
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 283,470
  • File size: 305 KB

Meet the Author

Jill Kargman is the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Momzillas, and the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Wolves in Chic Clothing and The Right Address. She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her family.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 11 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Arm Candy

    I thought it was fairly well written, but I realized at the end of the book I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Not the main ones, not even any of the minor ones. In fact, I found I disliked most of the characters from both categories. Everyone just seemed so superficial and snobby. Just my take.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Candystar

    Stay as med cat. And skittlecure is never on cuz she commited suicide. I dont care if u hav kits just stay as med cat

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Skittlecure

    Gathers herbs. Lavender. Mallow. Marigold. Comfrey. Poppy seeds. Borage. Catnip. Burdock root. Yarrow. Feverfew. Horsetail. Mint. Done.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    lol

    loved it!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

    Thought it would be fun chic lit, but it was the opposite

    I didn't like all the "Forty is the new F word" comments. If the author feels that being 39 means you are old and your life is over, I feel bad for her. I guess she thought it would be comedic, but instead I felt she was slapping me in the face with each "quote" at the beginning of each chapter telling me that at 40 you are falling apart, your best years are behind you, blah, blah, blah. I'm not even 40 yet and it depressed me. Besides that, the story might have been entertaining.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 1, 2010

    I really enjoyed this book.

    I have all books written by Jill Kargman- on her own and co-authored and this by far is her best book. Definately recommend it if you are a fan of the chic-lit genre!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    AN ENJOYABLE TREAT SPUN WITH WIT AND IMAGINATION

    There are some voice performers whose name on a cover attracts just as the names of authors do. For this listener multiple award winning narrator Joyce Bean is one of those. Just as Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like I've never heard a Joyce Bean reading that I didn't like. She's an Audie Award winner, brought home several Earphone Awards and a Listen Up Award from Publisher's Weekly. She's tops again with ARM CANDY.

    Who says romance can't be fun? Certainly not Kill Kargman who injects healthy doses of her trademark humor in this story of 39-year-old Eden Clyde who thought at one time that she'd made the best bargain possible, but did she?

    Blessed with stop traffic good looks Eden had once been a model trying to make her way in a tough business. When Otto Clyde, a wealthy abstract painter, offered security and every creature comfort she made her choice - although he was much older at the time it really wasn't any contest - she chose Otto rather than her steadfast boyfriend.

    Almost 20 years have passed. Eden and Otto have a son; she has the life she thought she wanted, and chooses to overlook Otto's other women. But, it seems enough is too much - she leaves Otto and begins a new life cheered on by some of the most fun-loving, appealing girlfriends to be found. She meets and begins a love affair with man-about-town Chase Lydon who is a decade her junior. Then, as fate and the author would have it, Eden's former love resurfaces. Once again, she must make a choice.

    ARM CANDY is aptly named - an enjoyable treat sugar coated with wit and spun with imagination.

    - Gail Cooke

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)