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Anyone But You (Harlequin Love & Laughter, No 4)
Anyone But You - Harlequin Love & Laughter, No 4 Author:Jennifer Crusie THE LAST THING NINA NEEDED WAS FRED — She was beginning life fresh -- new job, new apartment. No husband. All she wanted was a puppy. A happy, perky puppy. — Instead she got Fred. Part basset, part beagle, part manic-depressive. — She loved Fred. Everything was great. Well, her best friend went thro... more »ugh men like tissues and somehow Nina had to single-handedly save the company she worked for, but her life was great. Until Fred brought home Alex Moore -- poster boy for lonely women. NO, NO, NO she yelled at her hormones and her heart. Anyone but Alex.
I so wanted to like this book - I mean I am a sucker to stories with dogs in them and how they impact our lives. And I love thoughtful and inspiring chick lit. But this book is the sort that gives "chick lit" a bad rap. The characters are flat, the writing is boring and so childish, and there is nothing even likeable about these people. Fred, the dog on the cover isn't in this story near enough! I got half way through, and finally decided there are too many really good books out there to be discovered to spend my time on this one. What a disappointment.
This has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read. A 40- something heroine, newly divorced from her doctor husband, meets up with a 30-something ER doc. He can't possibly be interested in HER, can he, she thinks? After all she's older! Toss in the best written basset hound, Fred, and you have the makings of a great story!
I don't like romance, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The dog was a main character. He was a normal dog (he didn't talk or anything else unbelievable)and through him the main characters in the story met. The dog is really what held this story together and made it so enjoyable. For anyone who is looking for a novel that isn't just about young perfect 20 something people, has a very believable story line, and loves animals, this will be an enjoyable read.
I wasn't really sure about this book when I picked it up. Recently I had some bad experiences with stories that involved animals with them being just pointless and dull. That was not the case with this book. Nina and Alex had great chemistry and it was a refreshing change to have a romance story where the characters were not Barbie doll perfect. The secondary characters were wonderful as well. In fact, I would love for Max to have his own story. Then, of course, there is Fred. I just fell in love with him...lol. This is a very easy read (I finished it in a couple of hours) but you will not be sorry that you picked up this book.