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Gretchen Galway writes romantic comedies because love is too painful to survive without laughing. She discovered romances through the brilliant work of Jenny Crusie and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and would send all royalties to them if she had any decency (and didn't need to pay off her sugar-free gum habit.)
A graduate of Stanford University, Gretchen has accumulated writing material as a fit model, fashion merchandising assistant, database caretaker, textile designer, cottage gardener, and mom. Raised in the American Midwest, she now lives in California with her family.
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on Aug. 05, 2013 :
A fun romantic comedy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 25, 2011 :
They say opposites attract and in "Love Handles" they certainly do. Bev Lewis, preschool teacher and self-professed "nice" person, inherits her recently deceased and long-time estranged grandfather's failing fitness wear company. Liam Johnson was his right-hand man and like a son to him, or so he thought, until he found himself left out of his will. Regardless, Liam loves Fite like it's his own company and can't bear to see it continue to fail, which he figures will happen for sure if a woman with no business experience at all takes the helm. He's convinced that he can get Bev to leave the running of the company in his capable hands. Recently out of a job, Bev wants to take on this new challenge and turn her grandfather's company around, but she knows she can't do it without Liam's expertise. Neither one expected to like the other, let alone be so attracted.
This was a fun contemporary romance with two very likeable main characters. While trying to prove herself to her family and save her company, Bev finds an inner strength that she never knew she had and Liam, while getting to know Bev, finds his softer side. Together they make a great pair. I wouldn't necessarily call this a romantic comedy, as I didn't find myself laughing, but it is definitely a solid romance.
If I could make one constructive criticism, it would be that someone re-proofread the book, as I found multiple typos throughout. These are not something that would be caught with spell-check, but they might with a grammar check. Most of the time it was a spelling error that resulted in a different (but real) word (like "his" instead of "this"). However sometimes it was a missing word (like "the") or other small grammatical errors. These mistakes didn't bother me nor do I feel they detracted from the story in any way, but I thought they should be mentioned in case it bothers some readers.
All in all I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely read more by this author.
**Please note that I received a free copy of this book through another website but writing a review was not a requirement of receiving the copy.**
(reviewed within a month of purchase)