Someone Like You

Someone Like You

by Timothy James Beck

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Someone Like You by Timothy James Beck

At the Mall of the Universe, you can get anything you want. Marc Jacobs shoes. Hugo Boss suits. Food. Drinks. Dry cleaning. A room at the five-star hotel or a lane at the bowling alley. Of course, some things are harder to come by. Just ask. . .

Vienna. She's one beautiful sister who is not going to be dependent on any man ever again, thanks to her cheating, should-be-dead ex. When she's not selling overpriced mascara to rich snobs, Vienna's checking out the scenery. Not that she wants another man. Much. Good thing she can tell it all to. . .

Davii. The top hairdresser at CosmicTology is fast with a wickedly funny quip and with his shears. Nobody puts one over on Davii. But what he really craves is a nice guy to come home to. A guy who makes him want to be a better person. A guy who looks an awful lot like. . .

Derek. He never planned to become a kept man, but it's hard to give up Belgian waffles delivered by room service. But no more. It's time for New Derek--new life, new friends, new job. And who better to help him take those baby steps toward independence than. . .

Christian. Cool and savvy, he's cornered the market on charm. His sales skills have won him a fawning clientele. There's nothing he can't do, no point he can't score, no woman he can't woo. But there's a first time for everything. . .

Meeting for coffee, dishing over drinks, dealing with heinous bosses, scheming backstabbers, clueless customers, and the occasional object of desire, four new friends are about to discover the joys of shopping for love in a place where what you need most might just be where you least expect to find it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758218391
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 884,125
File size: 504 KB

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Someone Like You 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read for a mindless, easy, and relaxing time. The Soap Opera of the Mall of the Universe is OK, although I would have made it at least 100 pages shorter--the clichés do get annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike Spring¿s seasonal weather, Timothy James Beck¿s latest novel, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, starts off quiet as a lamb, and ends with the roar of a lion. Early in the novel, unfamiliarity with numerous characters¿ back stories caused my reading to slow a bit I had to remember who did what. As the characters and their motivations became more familiar, my appreciation of their quirks grew, along with appreciation of the unusual setting¿the fictional Mall of the Universe in Terre Haut, Indiana. The mega-mall contains everything to sustain human life. Names of various areas and levels of the mall are astronomy related...the Galaxy Building, the Light Year Passage, Comet Cleaners, the Aurora, the Uranus Level, etc. Beck¿s ¿mall moles¿ live, love, work and play under the mall¿s vast, star-filled roof. Aside from the usual litany of stores and shops, the Mall of the Universe claims an upscale world class hotel, apartments, condos, numerous restaurants, a planetarium (of course), skating rink, bowling ally, and the dreaded ¿cart people.¿ Timothy James Beck¿s protagonist, Derek, is lucky to be in love with the man of his dreams, Hunter. Managing the mall¿s hotel for his wealthy father, who owns a chain of hotels around the world, Hunter has a cushy job and live-in suite. Even though Derek¿s relationship with Hunter is solid, he increasingly sees himself as a kept boy, and his self-esteem suffers as a result of this perception. He vies for a bit of independence by getting a job at Drayden¿s department store as a shoe salesman. Hunter, unaware of his motivation, believes Derek¿s restlessness and need for independence is a sign that he needs more space. Space is space, but Australia? Hunter goes to work at another of his father¿s hotels in Sydney. Sadly, for much of the novel, half of the main love story is missing. Happily, so much happens at the Mall of the Universe, we hardly notice, and there¿s always email to keep in touch¿or is there? Derek¿s friends and acquaintances include his gal pal Vienna, hairdresser Davii who works at CosmicTology, and his most difficult shoe department boss, Natasha. Lillith Allure¿s cosmetics model, Sheila Meyers, who was last seen in Timothy James Beck¿s, I¿M YOUR MAN, has a hilarious cameo involving a photo shoot¿with a bull¿in the mall. ¿He¿s headed right for Mikasa!¿ The story has surprises and unexpected, nifty more ways than one. Characters and plot all come together in a satisfying, old fashioned showdown, making SOMEONE LIKE YOU¿s denouement one of the neatest I¿ve read in a long time. Timothy James Beck¿s fourth novel is a recommended read with a very solid four plus stars.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention the minute I opened it. Defintely a good read
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is by far the best book I've read in a long time, I saw it on a book shelf and decided to get it, and I couldn't be happier with how great it turned out to be, ever since the moment I got it I wasn't able to put it down