A double set of romantic comedy relief by author Sylvia Massara featuring her two novels "The Other Boyfriend" and "Like Casablanca". So sit back, relax with your favourite beverage and get ready for a feel-good buzz with Massara's wacky romantic novel duo!
The Other Boyfriend: Sarah Jamison is on a mission to find a boyfriend for Moira, who is her lover’s partner. And Sarah’s best friend, Monica, comes to the rescue with the perfect solution. Enter the enigmatic Mike Connor.
Monica is sure that Mike will sweep Moira off her feet, leaving the way open for Sarah to be with her true love, Jeffrey.
Sarah hates Mike on sight despite the fact that her body tells her otherwise. He is a romance novel “hero-type” who is smug and full of himself. But the only way to accomplish her mission is for her to work with Mike so she can be together with the man she loves.
Jeffrey has promised her that the minute he can end his platonic relationship with Moira, he will be with Sarah for good; but he is having trouble letting go of
the wretched woman, and Sarah feels her time is running out. She is terrified of the pending big “M” (menopause), and seeing as she’s just turned forty, and her hormones are driving her to do insane and desperate things, she is sure that it is not too far off into the future!
So here she is, building a multi-level marketing business in Taiwan, and struggling with it all: a stranger in a foreign country, away from her mother and friends back in London; a reluctant lover; a drop-dead gorgeous man who might have ulterior motives for helping her, and finally, a business that seems to be dwindling.
Sarah is doing it all in the name of love and the last chance to have a family, and if this means scheming and working with the devil himself, then she will do it! What she doesn’t take into account is the fact that instead of getting closer to her goal, Sarah’s feelings take a turn, and she finds herself increasingly thinking about the very man she despises the most – “the other boyfriend”.
Like Casablanca: What does internet dating and Casablanca have in common? Nothing, unless you go to Rick's Cafe and find out what antiques dealer and dating blogger, Cat Ryan, is up to.
Cat's doing research for her internet dating blog gig, and the place she chooses to meet her many dates is at Rick's Cafe in Sydney. But what of its disturbingly handsome owner, Rick Blake?
Cat wonders what he thinks, seeing her with a different male all the time. What’s more, why does this bother Cat so much? It’s not like she wants any involvement after her recent break up with Josh, her cheating ex. Besides, it looks like Rick is trying to get back together with his ex-wife, Denise. So Cat decides to play it safe, but her heart has different ideas.
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About the Author
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia. She loves to dabble in wacky love affairs, drama, murder, scifi (or anything else that takes her fancy) over good coffee.
Born in Argentina, from Italian descent (with a bit of Spanish and Swiss lineage thrown in), and transplanted to Australia at age 10, Sylvia describes herself as a bit of a "moggie" cat by way of mixed pedigree. She is also a citizen of the world as she has travelled widely throughout most of her life and she's the proud owner of three passports.
As with most authors Sylvia draws on her varied experience from the often puzzling tapestry of life. Sylvia loves nature and communing with the animal kingdom (as her pampered kitty, Mia, will attest), and vicariously through the many characters in her head. Occasionally, however, she will venture into the world of humans, albeit for a limited time, as she prefers the unconditional and genuine company that animals bring to this planet. Having said this, Sylvia enjoys the time she spends with her five-year-old niece immersing herself in their many creative projects. She believes the artistic creativity that comes from a child is both spontaneous and direct from the soul.
Sylvia's most recent novel, The Stranger, is a scifi apocalyptic tale of moralistic issues that explores the fight of love vs evil in the cosmos. The novel was inspired by David Bowie (Sylvia's lifelong idol) and much to her pleasure and excitement, Mr Bowie's own management company had agreed to pass on the novel to him as he was a voracious reader. But, alas, this was never to be as the super talented and gifted David Bowie passed away prior to the release of the novel, breaking the heart of millions throughout the world, including Sylvia's own heart and dashing her hopes that she may have met him in person and even worked with him on the adaptation of The Stranger into a screenplay. With great sadness for the loss of her idol, Sylvia dedicated the novel in his memory.