Honest and for True (The Adventures Of Lee And Bucky, #1)

Honest and for True (The Adventures Of Lee And Bucky, #1)

by Jane Lebak

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Honest and for True (The Adventures Of Lee And Bucky, #1) by Jane Lebak

29-year-old Lee has a Park Slope apartment with easy access to Manhattan, loves her job as an auto mechanic, and can see her guardian angel (a wisecracker with a fascination for the Rumours album.) That's kind of a full life for a kid in the world's biggest playground. Despite what everyone thinks, she doesn't need, or want, a romantic relationship.

Far more comfortable in blue jeans and flannel than in heels and satin, Lee finds herself lying to every man she dates. To the physical trainer, she's a preschool teacher; to the guy at the bowling alley, she's a secretary. The lies keep romance at arm's length even as they drive the angel to distraction until the day she realizes she's fallen for a straight-laced accountant who's exploring his dark side through bizarre foods (please note: sea cucumber is not a vegetable). But now he thinks she's someone she's not.

Now she's got to turn those mechanic skills on herself to diagnose and repair the most important relationships in her life. And just think, she used to find it tough repairing a transmission!

Long-time comedy writer and novelist Jane Lebak serves up a hilarious comedy with angels and spare tires and a recipe for the best omelets you've ever tasted. Also what may be the most romantic toilet-fixing scene in the English language. But there really isn't an award for that, so we'll never know.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152132724
Publisher: Philangelus Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Adventures Of Lee And Bucky , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 445,438
File size: 534 KB

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Honest And For True (The Adventures Of Lee And Bucky, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I've never read anything like it! Well, yes, I have. It was author Jane Lebak's novelette, Upsie Daisy, in the Where the Light May Lead anthology that first introduced me to a bright and hilarious lady mechanic, Lee Singer, and her bright and hilarious best chum and guardian angel, Bucky. The two of them are in for an adventurous ride in Honest and for True, particularly because Lee has this terrible habit of lying to every man she dates (lying about her job), and Bucky wants her to drop the dishonesty already before it costs her more than she'll ever want to lose. As with its related novelette, I found this novel to be quick and clever, imaginative and real, and a downright riot. But even with all of its laugh-worthiness, the story tugged at my heartstrings--once to the point of my having to set the book aside and go flailing off while inwardly wailing, "BUCK-EEEEE!" (*Ahem.*) This story takes a thought-provoking look at relationships: romantic, familial, one's relationship with oneself. And that Lee and Bucky have such an entertaining and well-crafted friendship, one of the best you may ever come across in a women's fiction comedy. I'll admit some of the language in the novel took me off guard, from "mild swears" to language not allowed on broadcast television, but I didn't find it gratuitous, and the strength of the story was certainly enough to keep me reading on. If you've got an appreciation for George Bailey and Clarence Odbody's adventure in Bedford Falls (or, um, Pottersville), go ahead and check out The Adventures of Lee and Bucky in New York City. Brilliant! ______________ My honest review comes by way of a complimentary copy of this book that I received from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book!
BeckyJo70 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Lebak, but it won’t be the last.  What drew me to the book was the cover (Yes, I do judge books by their covers.) and the element of humor.  I was in the mood for something funny, and this book delivered. I really liked Lee’s carefree and spunky personality.  Over the course of the book, I really felt like I knew her because the book is so well written.  It’s not just Lee that the reader gets to know.  We have pretty good insight to Beth, Avery, and Hal as well.  There were parts of the book that had me chuckling and parts that had me in tears.   I’ve never read a book with a character like Bucky.  Reading about angels really made me stop and think about guardian angels.  The only problem I would have with being able to speak with our guardian angels is that we probably wouldn’t have a close relationship with God.   Bucky was a cool part of Lee’s life, and it seemed like it could be real, too.  It wasn’t written like a far-out fantasy novel.  Reading about Bucky was biblical without being religious, dogmatic, or pushy.  Instead, it was thought-provoking, inventive and fresh. There is some conflict between Lee and other characters.  With the variety of conflicts, we see other sides of Lee, and I wanted to know what happened next with each of the relationships.  The book was pretty fast paced, and I didn’t want to put it down.  Yes, I lost sleep reading this book. Anyone who likes angels, non-traditional female characters, and humor mixed with serious issues will enjoy this book.  It’s not a comedy, but the characters are funny at times.  There is one four lettered f-word (Hint:  The word is not “free.”) that might offend some readers, but it’s only once, and it’s toward the end.  Other than that, this book is appropriate for conservative readers. Thanks to Jane Lebak, Goodreads First Reads, and Philangelus Press  for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Pros: Funny, thought-provoking, and fun Cons: One four lettered word My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
LauraMaisano More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much chick lit, let alone chick lit featuring protagonists who speak to their guardian angels, so I'm fairly certain Jane Lebak has created her own genre. And you know what? It's awesome. Honest and for True (HAFT for short) is the first in the adventures of Lee and her guardian angel Bucky. Although Lee loves working as an auto mechanic, she has a teency problem with lying about it to the guys she dates, crafting a new story for each person she runs into. Bucky can't stand the lies and he tries to get her to come clean before it's too late. You know it's always gonna be too late. So while as a reader, we know this little problem is going to blow up in her face, it still hurts like hell once it does. By the time the conflict comes to a head, I'm totally invested in Lee's life and her amazing relationship with the unseen angel. Lee and Bucky are both hilarious, making sarcastic jokes at the drop of a hat, and Lee's voice is really engaging and fun to read. The relationships between Lee and her roommate, mother, niece, boyfriends, and especially Bucky, come across genuine and heartfelt. I like for a book to draw me in deep, and HAFT nailed it. There's funny parts, sad parts, tense parts, and heartwarming parts. Plus, it has the most amazing toilet-repair scene you've ever read. Essentially, if a book can get me to cry and/or genuinely FEEL for the main character, it's a 5-star. Here you go Bucky, take your stars and share 'em with Lee.