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Jayne Murphy is a woman on top. From trendy haircut to perfect pedicure, she's a vision of city-smart style, wrapped around the brains and intuition that made her very first book a bestseller. The truth is, Jayne's relationship manual, Heartbreak 101, was inspired by her all-too-personal experience with gorgeous, capable...outdoorsy...photojournalist Riley Davis, who stole her heart--and promptly skipped town with it. Now, by way of researching her next project, ...
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GIRLY GIRL...
Jayne Murphy is a woman on top. From trendy haircut to perfect pedicure, she's a vision of city-smart style, wrapped around the brains and intuition that made her very first book a bestseller. The truth is, Jayne's relationship manual, Heartbreak 101, was inspired by her all-too-personal experience with gorgeous, capable...outdoorsy...photojournalist Riley Davis, who stole her heart--and promptly skipped town with it. Now, by way of researching her next project, Jayne's organized a workshop for dump-ees. But it becomes apparent that the "retreat" she's planned could be hell on her high heels--and her heart--when the leader for her group's week-long nature jaunt turns out to be none other than a certain...GOODBYE GUY
Riley has no idea he planted the seeks for Heartbreak 101, much less that Jayne's the guru whose devotees he'll be leading through the wilderness. He does know that helping his grandparents run their rustic Arizona lodge is only a temporary respite from the wanderlust that led him away from her, back into a life of nonstop adventure--and loneliness. Jayne's version of "roughing it" reminds Riley all over again how different they are...and how much he's missed her. The challenge now isn't just getting everyone out of the woods in one piece, but making sure that Jayne's next book has a happily-ever-after ending...



About the Author

Versatile author Lisa Plumley's fresh, funny style has been likened to such reader favorites as Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, Jill Barnett, and Jayne Ann Krentz...but her unique characterization is all her own. If you're looking for fun-filled, sexy romantic comedy, look no further than Lisa Plumley--and her new book, Reconsidering Riley.
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State Newspaper
Reconsidering Riley is another wonderfully witty, well-written, winsomely romantic story by Lisa Plumley. If you haven't read Plumley's other books, you owe it to yourself to do so!
Romance Reader Connection
Reconsidering Riley is bound to be a hit with romance fans! This deliciously wicked romance evoked some laughs, a few sighs, and plenty of grins along the way.
Library Journal
Hilarious, nonstop screwball comedy with zany, lovable characters. Plumley is the equal and more of Sue Civil-Brown and Rachel Gibson.
Publishers Weekly
Plumley (Falling for April) has a knack for crafting hip, realistic dialogue and screwball characters, but her skills are squandered on a story line more suited to a novella than a novel. Self-described girly-girl Jayne Murphy, who lives for shopping and bubble baths, has authored the bestselling Heartbreak 101: Getting Over the Good-Bye Guys, and now she's ready to do some hands-on research for her next project, a self-help workbook. So she sets out to lead a group of five heartbreakees on a cushy hiking trip through the beautiful Arizona high country. Things fall apart from the get-go when Jayne discovers that the adventure will actually involve strenuous hiking and that it will be led by macho hunk Riley Davis, the nature photographer/wilderness guide/commitment-phobe who broke her heart and inspired her book. Despite the story's cute premise and likable protagonists, the thin plot line quickly runs out of steam, as do Jayne's hokey self-help realization techniques (such as "shampoo therapy" and "Karaoke `Your Song' into Submission"). The budding romance between Riley's 13-year-old niece (herself a young breakupee) and a 15-year-old wannabe guide is an appealing counterpoint to the adult goings-on but, overall, this featherweight comedy fails to hold the reader's attention. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821773406
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

USA TODAY best-selling author Lisa Plumley has delighted readers worldwide with more than two dozen popular novels. Her work has been translated into multiple languages and editions, and includes contemporary romantic comedies, western historical romances and a variety of stories in romance anthologies. Her fresh, funny style has been likened to such reader favorites as Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, LaVyrle Spencer, and Jennifer Crusie, but her unique characterization is all her own.

Lisa lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children. In her free time she reads romances and research books by the dozen, practices yoga, and spends time with her family—hiking in the mountains and deserts of Arizona, visiting ghost towns and historical sites, and watching classic movies.
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Jayne Murphy hadn't intended to tackle the rugged northern Arizona wilderness armed with not much more than pink stilettos, a tin of Altoids, and two hardcover copies of Heartbreak 101: Getting Over the Good-Bye Guys. But when she arrived at the Hideaway travel adventure lodge shortly after ten on the sunny Monday morning that was to begin her weeklong trip, it became immediately clear to her that intentions didn't necessarily mean a thing.

Reality, on the other hand, did.

And Jayne's reality included none of the things she'd been prepared for. Where were the valets? she wondered as the airport shuttle jolted to a stop in a cloud of red dust. Where were the private spa cabins? The chic outdoorsy patio for dining al fresco? The back-to-nature Jacuzzis?

In their places were a lot of boulders, a hand-lettered "parking" sign, two picnic tables beneath the trees, and a single long, low building accented with smaller outbuildings. It looked like Abe Lincoln's summer home. Like Frontierland come to life. Like, like--Jayne took a deep breath and fought back her panic at being thrust unexpectedly into such hardscrabble surroundings, trying hard to fit the scene into her personal frame of reference--like a grunge-meets-L.L.-Bean ad layout.

Minus the glossiness, of course.

She swiveled in her seat toward the van driver who'd transported her and her five companions from the airport in Sedona.

"Is this the gatehouse? The garage?" She couldn't keep the hopefulness from her voice. Maybe Arizonans envisioned the standard two-and-a-half-car number differently than she did. "Someone's private residence?"

He chuckled. "No, ma'am. This here'sthe lodge."

"The Hideaway Lodge?"

"The very same."

Jayne frowned in confusion. Her publicist had led her to believe the Hideaway Lodge was about as rustic as the Ralph Lauren department at Macy's. She couldn't help but feel a little misled.

"And home base for you ladies for the next week, I understand." The driver pulled out the keys and tossed them jauntily in the air before catching them. "Welcome to the back country."

His door creaked as he opened it. He jumped out, ostensibly to retrieve their luggage. That was when Jayne realized he wasn't kidding. This really was it.

Faced with the truth--that the research for her next book was going to take place here in Paul Bunyanville and that a compensatory sea salt aromatherapy rub followed by a champagne cooldown was unlikely at most--she rallied her spirits and prepared to make the best of things.

After all, there was a lot riding on this week's activities. Her whole future depended on what happened here in Arizona. And now that she'd discovered where that future lay, Jayne intended to grab every opportunity with both pink-manicured hands. Starting this minute.

"Okay, ladies." Moving into full leadership mode, she raised her voice to gain the attention of the five chattering women on the van's bench seats behind her. Simultaneously, she pulled a compact from her handbag. "This is it. The beginning of the next chapter of your life: breaking free!"

Everyone cheered. The driver, hauling bags from the storage area behind the final seat, shook his head.

"You're about to make your entrance into that new life. Compacts at the ready!" With a swift look, Jayne confirmed that each woman had withdrawn the leopard-print compact she'd been issued. "Okay ... primp!"

Nose-tickling powder pouffed into the air, sent adrift by the force of six puffs diligently in action. Various perfumes filled the spaces between the seats. Lipsticks were passed, mouths puckered, hair fluffed. Finally, Jayne surveyed her own reflection, blew a kiss into the mirror, and snapped her compact shut. A series of echoing clicks followed.

"What's our motto?" she asked.

"If you look good, you feel good!"

The ladies' enthusiastic response made Jayne smile. Obviously, the mini-orientation session she'd held while waiting in Phoenix for their connecting flight had paid off. Satisfied, she complimented everyone on their efforts.

There was nothing better, she thought as she gave her charges a fond look, than helping people in need.

"All right, then. Let's go!"

"Yay!"

Ready or not, Jayne led the charge. Opening the van's passenger-side door, she thrust her T-strap stilettos bravely into the high-desert air. She touched the reddish dirt with her toes. She grabbed her handbag and both books she'd brought, then emerged into the sunlight with a smile on her face.

The adventure was about to begin.

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    This is a cute, light hearted read. For those who are fans of contemporary romance, and chick lit novels, I would recommend giving this book a try. The plot is well written, and unique. The characters are lovable, and funny. This book keeps readers entertained throughout. Give it a try!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Oh-NOOOOO!

    This was the stupidest book I have ever read in my life. Actually, I didn't even finish reading it-I have never stopped reading a book after starting it until this one. I gave it over 100 pages to get better and still nothing. The charachters were unlikeable and the way they always messed with those compacts was so corny! This was my first book to read by Lisa Plumly and I do not think I will ever buy another one. Read at your own risk!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Jane Murphy and her dump-ees at Wilderness Workshop

    What a wonderful book! Lots of fun reading about Jayne in her stiletto heels learning about herself after writing HEARTBREAK 101 and Riley Davis, the cause of her heartbreak, in the wilderness of Arizona. Riley is a fun guy to watch change, too. Lots of secondary characters to get close to and enjoy. Good book and lots of laughs.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    marvelous merry mirth of a romance

    Jayne Murphy is urban chic standing on top of the world with her best selling relationship book, Heartbreak 101, that uses her sorrowful experience with photojournalist hunk Riley Davis. Jayne fell in love with Riley, but he did not miss a heartbeat as he skipped town without a look back. Her current project is a retreat workshop for five "dump-ees" that she plans to use for her next self-help book. <P>However, the tour guide turns out to be clueless Riley who does not realize he is the model starring in Heartbreak 101. Neither one expected the other at this retreat, but there is no question that urban Jayne and wilderness Riley have different opinions on life yet both desperately desire the other. With no common ground except love, this second chance seems doomed to failure once again. <P>Lisa Plumley is gaining a deserved reputation for her amusing romances and her latest tale RECONSIDERING RILEY, will strengthen her standing among sub-genre fans. The story line is a delightful fluff that is fun from the beginning, but really hooks the audience at the retreat. The key to this comical, at times slapstick, romp is the cast. The two charming lead characters and the support group turn the novel into a marvelous merry mirth. <P>Harriet Klausner

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