Best Enemies

Best Enemies

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by Jane Heller
     
 

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Book publicist Amy Sherman tripped over it when she caught her fiancé horizontally attached to her best friend, the impossibly tall, inexcusably blonde, and insufferably gorgeous Tara Messer, who added insult to injury by marrying the cad right out from under her.

After four years of therapy, Amy's finally back on track-until she has to publicize the

Overview

Book publicist Amy Sherman tripped over it when she caught her fiancé horizontally attached to her best friend, the impossibly tall, inexcusably blonde, and insufferably gorgeous Tara Messer, who added insult to injury by marrying the cad right out from under her.

After four years of therapy, Amy's finally back on track-until she has to publicize the hottest new book of the season by "the next Martha Stewart." Nightmares do come true. It's the dreaded Tara who's the author, and why shouldn't she write a bestseller about perfection? She's the perfect woman enjoying the perfect life with the perfect man. Who'd ever guess she's living the perfect lie?

When Amy tries to save face by roping a handsome mystery writer into posing as her fiancé, her little white lie leads to yet another romantic triangle. She just might find true love this time-if she lets herself-but first she and Tara must settle old scores and team up against the man who played them both...

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Publishers Weekly
Amy Sherman is pretty; Tara Messer is a beauty. Amy has a nice Manhattan apartment; Tara's suburban Tudor castle boasts an actual turret. Amy was engaged to Stuart Lasher, who took maid of honor Tara to bed and then to the altar. Now Tara has chronicled her perfect lifestyle in a book called Simply Beautiful, about to be published by Lowry and Trammell-where her editor plans to make her "the next Martha Stewart, without the baggage" and where Amy is publicity director. Can you spell delicious conflict? Heller (Lucky Stars) goes for the laughs and gets them, but there's more here than meets the funny bone. Just when the reader is ready to kill the perfidious Tara (perhaps by beating her to death with accessories and garnishes), Heller switches out of Amy's point of view and into Tara's. It turns out Tara's a real person, too. And she's in trouble. It seems she did Amy a favor by stealing Stuart, who grabs every passing ass and may bring down the family business with a fake caviar scheme. And it isn't Tara who's pregnant with Stuart's baby. Meanwhile, in another switcheroo, Amy's got a great romance budding with Tony Stiles, the gorgeous mystery author. Of course, they're only pretending to pretend to be in love-Amy to save face (she told Tara she was engaged) and Tony to research relationships-and things are going swimmingly. Though the happy ending is a sure thing, getting there is fabulous fun. Heller makes a familiar story read as brand new, thanks to a rich humanity abetted by smart dialogue, zippy pacing and all-around craft. Agent, Ellen Levine. (Apr.) Forecast: With three movie deals last year alone (for Name Dropping, The Secret Ingredient and Lucky Stars), bestseller Heller is big and looks only to get bigger. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Amy Sherman, a 30-year-old publicity director, has always played second fiddle to her best friend from high school, Tara Messer. The blond prom queen who always got what she wanted, Tara stole Amy's fianc , but that was four years ago-Amy is finally getting over it, thanks in part to her expensive therapist. It isn't until Amy runs into Tara on the street that things start to fall apart. When Tara inquires into Amy's love life, Amy lies, telling her that she is getting married in six months. Unfortunately for Amy, Tara has just written a "lifestyle" book that Amy's publishing house has acquired. Since they will be working closely together for the foreseeable future, Amy must come up with a pseudo-fianc to save face. In the end, neither Amy nor Tara is leading the life that she would have the other believe. Although the novel is told mostly from Amy's perspective, Tara gets a few chapters, too. Heller's latest (after Female Intelligence) takes an interesting look at what can happen when honesty takes a backseat to appearances and how true friendship can be born of animosity. Recommended for most public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/03.]-Karen Core, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What if your best friend turned into your worst enemy? Is it legal to kill someone who has sex with your fiance right before your wedding? Is it a little bit legal? Amy Sherman would like to know. She walked in on Tara Messer, naked and straddling an equally naked Stuart (admittedly an unimpressive sight-hunkalicious he is not) just as Tara shouted, "Take me home!" Four years later, Amy's still sulking, while Tara and Stuart decorate a Mamaroneck mansion with tchotchkes bright and beautiful when not rolling around in the millions he makes running the family chain of gourmet grocery stores. Moving right along, Amy, a publicist for Lowry & Trammel, a New York publishing company, is not exactly thrilled with her new assignment: drumming up interest in Tara's book of self-help advice for miserable women everywhere. Simply Beautiful is a shoo-in for the bestseller lists, even if it's mostly recycled stuff swiped from others-hey, just like the way Tara swiped Stuart, Amy muses. In a fit of pique, Amy makes up an imaginary fiance just so her life won't seem utterly pathetic compared to that of her former friend. But then-yikes!-Tara, disgustingly gracious, invites her and the nonexistent fiance to dinner, so she's going to need a real one. One quick look at the self-appointed office studs and Amy's ready to look elsewhere. How about mystery author Tony Stiles? He's tall, sexy, and breathing-he'll do. Segue to Tara's POV and deep, dark secret: Stuart is a prize jerk and compulsive womanizer who's mixed up with the Russian mob in a caviar-importing scheme. She's far from happy and her life is far from perfect, but she's determined to do something good for Amy. Another trip down the aisle awaitsthem both, but the roles-and the rules-are about to be reversed. Funny, clear-eyed look at female friendship from the prolific Heller (Lucky Stars, 2003, etc.). Agent: Ellen Levine/Trident Media Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786266944
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
08/02/2004
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
553
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.11(d)

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Jane Heller promoted dozens of bestselling authors before becoming one herself. She is the author of ten previous novels, including The Secret Ingredient and Lucky Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her Web site at www.janeheller.com.

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Best Enemies 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. i know when a good book when i read one and i loved it. it made me laugh plenty of times and got me hooked with tony and amy. i also loved the scenes with amy and her best friend tara. read this book PEOPLE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a waste of time. It started off interesting but later dragged and turned out to be so predictable. I have no interest to read any of the authors other books. The writing style of the author was too corny and the dialog between the characters were not developed or matured.
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I got in to this book because I had to read a book for a report. Once I got into this I couldn't put it down. It's an amazing book and Amy is definitely a relate able character. A realistic book with a funny and romantic twist in it. I actually wished I could jump in and join the characters myself. Especially the sexy and mysterious Tony Stiles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book to read on vacation. It was a cute book about best friends that became best enemies over a boy. An easy, enjoyable, relaxing fun read. I have already given it to lots of my friends and they all love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tend to gravitate back to Jane Heller's novels and enjoy them, and this one didn't dissapoint. But, felt Tara's side was a bit rushed and short. Was miffed she left out the B. in Robert B. Parker. Share it with your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book but just OK..Nothing very special about it..Relaxing, easy read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am usually a Danielle Steel reader, but when I saw this book at the store I thought I'd give Jane Heller a try. I finished the book in a few hours. It was SO different & interesting and shows how things in life can come full circle.