From bestselling romantic comedy author Barbara Valentin comes a boxed set of three Assignment: Romance romantic comedy novels! This boxed set includes the first three, full length novels in the Assignment: Romance series, including:
After being left at the altar two years earlier, Mattie Ross is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work and despite her well-proportioned figure, remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie." But as the advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, she pretends to be a self-assured working parent and multi-tasking savant. Her latest assignment: go from out-of-shape "working parent" to Chicago Marathon runner. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancé and legendary career runner. "Fatty" Mattie and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs, under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives.
When Claire Nelson decided that her happily-ever-after lay not in marriage but in a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, she vowed never to tie the knot. But that was before she met Paul Mendez, handsome and charming enough to have her breaking said vow and marrying him shortly after college.
Almost fifteen years and four sons later, Claire is now a burned out breadwinner ready to ditch her quest for happily-ever-after, and Paul has traded his dream of chairing corporate board meetings for volunteering at PTA meetings as a stay-at-home dad. Feeling trapped in a demanding job, Claire is contemplating divorce... and an unexpected offer that may just put her bestselling author dreams back on track. Claire’s only question: will Paul be on board? Or does her charming husband make a surprise move of his own?
The last thing Sara Cleff, rock music critic, expected as to have her roommate-slash-boyfriend break up with her and sublet their apartment out from underneath her. Ouch! When her key no longer fits in the lock, she find on the other side of the door one Andrew Benet, a wickedly gorgeous music director from a nearby church.
Something about the brash music critic strikes a chord with Andrew, and he offers her the chance to stay on one condition—she has to join the choir at his church. While Andrew may hold the lease on Sara’s apartment, does he have the key to unlock her heart?
Assignment: Romance novels:
What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's Assignment: Romance books:
"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Barbara Valentin delivers love, laughter, and a happily ever after—what more could you ask for?"
—Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author
"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"
—Boundless Book Reviews
"I had a hard time putting (Help Wanted) down. That’s probably why I had no trouble reading it in two days! I’ll also stubbornly admit that I got a little teary-eyed towards the end, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was the perfect finish and one of my favorite endings, hands down."
—Chick Lit Central
About the Author
Barb is a freelance writer, corporate minion, over-scheduled parent and connoisseur of fine chocolate. A second-generation journalist, her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and its affiliates as well as Mom.Me. Three of her pieces were included in a Tribune Media e-book collection entitled, Love Notes: Stories of Love, Loss, and Coming Together (Agate, 2014). Having spent the whole of her thirties pregnant, she has five boys to show for it. Their exploits provided fodder for her column, The Plate Spinner Chronicles, a long-running feature in the Chicago Tribune, which snagged her a runner-up spot in an Erma Bombeck Humor Contest. A member of RWA's Windy City chapter, she still dreams of the day when her to-do list includes "Send NY Times book critic thank you note" and "Accept Godiva's request to be a taste-tester."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Simply a spectacular story of finding urban romance!
I had to grab this box set. I read one of them previously- help Wanted. It was such a cute story. I felt like the miscommunication between husband and wife in the story was something that everyone could connect with. I'm sure the others will be just as enjoyable.
False Start was so enjoyable! I'm dying to read the others. It was a fun inspiring story that was quick to read because I had a hard time putting it down.
I love, love what I call the "Plate Spinners" trilogy! Each book revolves around a different main character, but you'll be delighted to discover how these characters' stories are linked. I mistakenly read the series out of order and had a Eureka! moment when I realized how ingeniously the stories are linked. $2.99 for this very fun and entertaining series breaks down to about a penny for every smile it'll give you!