Promising Man (and about Time, Too)

Promising Man (and about Time, Too)

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by Elizabeth Young, Liz Young
     
 

From the fire-hot author of Asking for Trouble comes a second irresistibly funny and romantic novel, in which we meet the delightfully wicked Harriet and John, who are matched as perfectly as scones and clotted cream — if only Harriet would let herself indulge.

Up to her eyeballs in her friends' dramas, Harriet Grey has no time for her own, let alone

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From the fire-hot author of Asking for Trouble comes a second irresistibly funny and romantic novel, in which we meet the delightfully wicked Harriet and John, who are matched as perfectly as scones and clotted cream — if only Harriet would let herself indulge.

Up to her eyeballs in her friends' dramas, Harriet Grey has no time for her own, let alone getting entangled with John Mackenzie. And though it's been ages since she's met one of the most gorgeous men London has to offer, it seems John's entangled with someone else. Or is he?

Though they say all's fair in love, Harriet isn't about to complicate her life — or risk her heart. But the persistent John seems to pop up everywhere she turns, and soon she's agreeing to meet him for a cocktail to repay a favor. After all, what harm can come out of one innocent little drink? Maybe a few breathtaking kisses, some suspiciously lingering embraces, and a wonderful weak-kneed dizziness that most definitely is not the flu. And that's before she finds herself all alone with John at Christmas. .

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Publishers Weekly
This rollicking British romance by the author of Asking for Trouble finds 29-year-old smart-mouthed Harriet in an awkward position. She hasn't set out to get involved with John Mackenzie, the boyfriend of her old schoolmate Nina, a stunningly successful beauty whom she's envied for years. But Harriet and John strike up a conversation, crack a few jokes, bond over a spilled drink, and the rest is history. And what kind of saint could resist such an opportunity to make Nina squirm? But little lies and big misunderstandings pile up as Harriet continues to see the almost too-good-to-be-true "gorgeous bloke." Though there are no revelations here, Young does plumb the joys and absurdities of contemporary romance with flair. Harriet's engaging group of friends-housemate Sally, whose one-night stand on holiday left her with a child; Jacko, Harriet's former school chum, surrogate brother and occasional house guest, who is constantly bickering with Sally; and next door neighbor Helen, whose husband left her and her children for a younger woman-provoke laughs and sympathy as they muddle through singledom. Harriet also manages a great balancing act between the vagaries of her own life and that of her divorced parents, each of whom has found new partners. Scenes and conversations can sometimes drag on longer than necessary, and Young's humor is of the gentle-rather than piercing-variety. But for the most part, she holds her own against the likes of Anna Maxted and Helen Fielding. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Londoners fall in and out of love. Harriet Grey couldn't help noticing the prodigious penis on the statue of the fertility god in the shop window-but she had no idea someone was noticing her: John Mackenzie, who is practically perfect in every way. He even pays for a taxi home when Harriet finally realizes that her wallet has been stolen whilst she dawdled and daydreamed. How mortifying . . . but he did ask her to call him. Harriet rushes home to her housemates and friends to hear what they think of this unlucky encounter, gathering them from every corner of the drafty, rambling old house she inherited from her eccentric aunt. There's Jacko, the cheerfully oversexed ex-jock; Frida, a non-blond Swede who loves the nightlife; Helen, a beleaguered divorc�e and mother of disagreeable twin teenaged boys; Sally, single mother of baby Tom (the unexpected but much-loved product of an encounter on a Spanish beach); and Rosie, her chatterbox school chum. About the only person Harriet doesn't ask is Nina, another school chum, because she's got a feeling that Nina and John are or were or will be lovers. After all, Nina is just so bloody perfect herself-slim, sexy, chic-and she's been dropping hints about a fabulous bloke she's been seeing. But Harriet decides to date John anyway, without summoning up the courage to ask the Big Question: Are you seeing Nina? Minor crises follow. Will Sally tell Steve that he's the father of her son? Will Jacko get anywhere with freewheeling Frida when he asks his Big Question: "Fancy a shag?" Will Helen dump her obnoxious sons on the doorstep of her equally obnoxious ex and his flighty wife? Will Widdles, the two-ton cat, ever waddle home? Then John revealswhat's really been going on between him and Nina . . . . Funny slice-of-life, much less contrived than Young's debut (Asking for Trouble, 2001).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060507848
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
405
Sales rank:
335,319
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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