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on March 04, 2013 :
Love is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Barbara Whitehall, founder of DateSmart, believes she has formulated the perfect approach to successful coupling. But after an awkward introduction to Jake Mancini a martial arts instructor, biology begins breaking down barriers to edge out Barbara's common sense approach to courtship.
Forever Material is a light hearted romantic comedy on the surface but it has rich layering that you may not expect from the genre. It cleverly explores the psychology of attraction. By the end you understand why the characters are the way they are. And the mental and physical seduction percolating between the lines is delicious.
The story is laced with flirty banter and although it's set in the present, it has a timeless feel.
If you enjoy movies like, His Girl Friday, Serendipity, He's Just Not That Into You and The Proposal, or if you like books like Sohpie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic, Gemma Townley `s Learning Curves, Wendy Markham's Slightly Engaged, or Zoe Rice's Pick Me Up, I suspect you'll enjoy Athena Grayson's Relationship Material.
Oh and did I mention a dessert description in the story actually made my mouth water?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Jennette Marie Powell
on Dec. 18, 2011 :
Forever Material is a lighthearted battle-of-the-sexes story that will keep you smiling from page one, with quite a few LOLs thrown in! Barbara Whitehall teaches workshops about the two types of guys in the world: Forever Material, or the ones who are good to settle down with; and Fling Material, the ones whose sole purpose (and interest) is in the short-lived booty call. Barbara's convinced that Jake is the latter, and the laughs begin when he literally falls through the ceiling into one of her workshops. Not one to pass up a great opportunity, Barbara uses him as an example, for he meets all the bad-boy stereotypes. Jake's determined to peel away Barbara's professional man-hater image and bets her that he can make her fall for him. The more time the two spend together, the less each is interested in the bet, as they discover qualities in each other-and themselves-that go beyond the stereotypes. There are touching, emotional moments too, especially as the characters reveal why they hold on to their pig-headed beliefs, and as they move past them. Forever Material is a fun, lighthearted read that doesn't skimp on emotion, and will keep you smiling long after the e-reader's turned off!
(reviewed long after purchase)