Lesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings.
So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle's young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn't hurt that the job will involve posing as Al's girlfriend and joining his glitzy, star-studded family on holiday in Nice.
Stella still can't quite believe she's engaged to legendary actor Sir Peter Bradshaw. She accepted what she thought was a deathbed proposal. Now she has a living, breathing fiancé and a wedding to plan.
First, though, she has to get through a holiday in the South of France with Peter's extended family, who all seem convinced she's a gold-digger with her sights set on the family fortune.
As Lesley bonds with Stella over shopping trips and bottles of rosé, she thinks she has it all figured out. After all, it's no great mystery why a young woman would marry a fabulously wealthy seventy-two-year-old with a heart condition, is it? It's an old story.
And Al may be the nicest boyfriend she's ever had (even if he is fake), but Lesley believes in instant attraction and there's just no spark ... no matter how fit he looks in his swimming trunks. So there's no chance he's going to grow on her.
But people have a way of surprising you, as she's about to discover ...
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Favorite Quotes: ‘How do I know this isn’t all an elaborate ploy because you have designs on my wotsit?’ ‘I can assure you your wotsit will be perfectly safe. It won’t even know I’m there.’ ‘I’m irresistible to women. Can’t you tell?’ Then suddenly his grin vanished and he shot her an intense intimate look that went straight to her groin. ‘Don’t you smoulder at me,’ she said crossly, feeling herself flush. Damn him! ‘Worked, though, didn’t it?’ He grinned happily… ‘Anyway, aren’t you supposed to be gay?’ she huffed, feeling flustered. Out on the terrace, Scott was engrossed in a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. Lesley hoped he wasn’t looking there for insights into the female mind… ‘Don’t believe everything you read,’ Lesley said with a sniff. ‘Most women would still prefer a little spontaneity over a twenty-page contract. When it comes to sex, contracts aren’t the things you want to be lengthy.’ I have no desire to be twenty again. I think it suits me being a wise old owl. I’ve grown out of my looks and into my personality. My Review: This was my first exposure to the effervescent and refreshing zing of Clodagh Murphy’s clever arrangements of words and I was an instant fangirl of this skilled and entertaining and raconteur. I was immediately captivated by the crisp and clever levity and flippant and acerbic wit that was liberally sprinkled on each page. It was delightfully effortless reading that kept me smirking and giggle-snorting throughout perusal. Dialogs were often peppered with smartly honed rapid-fire banter and sassy quips, while the canny storylines and magnetic characters were decidedly outside the box. And I couldn’t get enough. Every character magically came alive on the page and they were diverse and immensely varied in nature, yet the vast majority were appealingly nonconformists and mischievous in some way. I was beguiled and besotted with this oddly endearing collection of audacious and irresistible individuals and their peculiar family dynamics. More, please!
This was a great story that had me in stitches one minute and serious the next. This is the story of two women and their romances. Stella is 26 and engaged to a 72 year old, rich, actor, who is recovering from a heart attack. Is she a gold-digger or a caring woman who just wants a relationship that is warm, accepting and caring. Someone she can take care of. Lesley is a 30ish woman whose mother is worried she will never get married. She goes to a dating dinner and meets Al, a nice guy but with no spark. Now a month later, Al shows up at her door with an offer she can't turn down. Al wants Lesley to pose as his girlfriend so that she can get close to Stella, his uncle's young fiance to find out if she is a gold-digger and if she has any secrets she is trying to hide. The fact that there will be a trip to Nice involved makes it very inviting. This book was so funny. Lesley and Al were hilarious. These two were meant for each other. They had such great chemistry. I loved watching them get to know and develop feelings toward each other. Al was ready for a relationship, but Lesley still fights against the attraction. When she finally gives in, it is explosive, but the road to relationships is not always smooth so there is a bump along the way. If only Lesley would listen? Throw in Lesley's family, a mother who wants to be on Youtube, a father who is upset he doesn't get more liked on instagram and a sister who is just a little bit odd and I could see where Lesley gets her humour. Stella was a puzzle. You know there is something in her past, but she is a closed book. Everytime I thought she was going to share something, she clammed up. I enjoyed watching Lesley and Stella become friends and how Lesley's original impression of Stella changed. Then there was Peter, the rich, old actor. He loved Stella in his own way, but it was obvious to this reader that it was not romantic love. As the story progressed I saw feelings change in so many characters and was pretty sure who was going to end up with who. The final revelation in this story took me by surprise, but it finally allowed this reader to fit those last pieces of the puzzle together. So, I really enjoyed this story. It was so funny, yet poignant at times. The story was well-written, the characters well-developed, enough humour to have me laughing, some real-world issues and a couple of great romances. Clodagh Murphy is a new author to me, but I can guarantee, this won't be the last book I read by this author. If you enjoy a good rom-com with some serious storylines along with it, then I recommend you pick up this book, I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
A new author for me .. and definitely worth a read! Lesley doesn't always tell the truth, but her latest fib lands her with the offer of a PI job - and Lesley has always fancied herself as an investigator! She is hired to look into the past of a young woman who, on the surface, looks like a gold digger. After all, not many 26 year olds get themselves engaged to a famous man of 70 plus - and his family are not pleased! As a trip to the French Riviera is thrown in, Lesley jumps at the opportunity to flex her sleuthing muscles . . . There's more to this one than it seems at first glance; this is a good solid story full of fun and surprises. Well written in a style which draws the reader in from the very first, I must say that this is totally different from anything else I've read - and in a good way. Lesley is a grand character, very appealing and I loved everything about her! With several different threads in this story, it kept my attention throughout and the ending was unexpected, but lovely all the same. Definitely an author to keep an eye on and, after some thought, I've decided on 4.5*.