Susan Elizabeth Phillips is kind of a hit-and-miss author for me, but this was one of her better ones in my opinion. The ending was a little hokey, but the setting was beautiful and the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main characters were. I would definitely recommend this one.
The familiar tricks of the trade are refreshingly revamped in this lively contemporary romance set in Tuscany. Lorenzo (Ren) Gage is a devilishly handsome movie star, best known for his villainous roles onscreen and his playboy antics off. Isabel Favor is a tightly wound self-help guru and author of The Four Cornerstones of a Favorable Life whose own perfect life has recently come crashing down around her. Both have come to Italy to escape the endless rehashes of their latest misfortunes in the public eye, and the equally endless drone of self-criticism. Ren and Isabel meet under what can only be described as unusual circumstances, leaving each of them thinking, thankfully, they'll never see the other again. Imagine their surprise when Isabel turns up on Ren's doorstep, her much anticipated rental villa belonging to none other than her ill-advised one-night stand. As might be anticipated, their fiery antagonism soon breeds sparks of a different kind. The relationship develops in a somewhat familiar fashion, but the development of Isabel and Ren as characters makes their story shine. Meanwhile, at the villa, all is not as it seems, and the two lovers find themselves playing amateur detectives, trying to untangle the strange behavior of the townspeople and of Ren's hired caretaker. As if things weren't complicated enough, Ren's ex-wife, Tracy, suddenly appears on the scene pregnant and with several kids in tow. Tracy's appearance ushers in a touching subplot centering on the nature of marriage in the real world an unexpected and affecting treat in the midst of this steamy, lighthearted romance. With this intriguing combination of the fantasy and reality of romance, Phillips has created a very modern and textured tale: witty, moving, passionate and tender.
My first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, and it was very entertaining - sweet, laugh out loud funny, great characters & scenery - really well-written - and so I just ordered another one of her books on pbs.com!
Excellent book, a must read for summer or anytime. Great sexual tension, exciting adventures and lots of funny incidents with the characters. These are the kind of friends you would want-especially with the villa in Italy! Story moves along great, no slow spots, you are sad when the book is done. A excellent read.
This is a book that is hard to put down. The caricatures are very strong. What I wanted to tell is in the back of the book on page 373 there is a book listed with a review for Luv U 4-Ever. Not finding this book anywhere, I checked Ms. Phillips' listing and found the title was changed to Aint She Sweet.
I absolutely loved this book, a uptight therapist who loses everything and heads to Italy for a breather. She meets someone she doesn't know but think she knows and the thrill of the chase is on. Excellent fun makes you want them to be your friends characters. I read this book at least twice a year. Super fun read. Lots of humor and sexual tension.
She's lost her money to an unscrupulous account, her finacee to an older woman and her reputation to headlines denouncing her as a frad. Will Dr. Isabel Favor find love in the viciously handsome, sublimely tallented Lorenzo Gage... who makes his living killing people. On the silver screen that is.
She's lost her money to an unscrupulous accountant, her fience to a frumpy older woman, and her reputation to headlines denouncing her as a fraud. Lately, it seems Dr. Isabel, America's favorite self-help guru, can fix everyone's life but her own. Even the shelter of a simple stone farmhouse nestled in an olive grove can't provide Isabel with the refuge she needs - not when the townspeople are scheming to drive her away, her plan to restore her good name has come up empty...and a movie star villain with a face to die for refuses to leave her in peace!
Viciously handsome and sublimely talented, Lorenzo Gage makes his living killing people...on the silver screen, that is. Despite his success, he hates the feeling that everything he's neglected in life is catching up wiht him. Then he spots Isabel sipping a glass of wine in a sidewalk cafe. A good guy wouldnl't think of seducing such a tidy-looking woman...but Ren Gage never saw the fun in playing the hero.