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on May 18, 2011 :
Fun read. LMAO about the MIL. Easy to follow. This is a great quick easy read to keep around and read again when you need a smile. Reccommend to my chick lit friends.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on April 20, 2011 :
This was a fun, absorbing read. It wound me up so completely in the story I was both surprised and disappointed when it was over.
The various plots and ploys Christa uses to try and get her overtired husband to regain some interest in their sex life, as well as the mother-in-law's various interfering ways kept me giggling almost non-stop. I suppose I should feel bad for poor, horny Christa, but it was hilarious what awful luck she managed to score.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 18, 2011 :
I have to start by saying that I usually never give a 5 star rating to novellas and shorter stories, since they rarely have enough of a story and I usually feel like something's missing or that something could have been more developed etc.
The thing is, Aching for Marvin (now when I've read it, I can't help but smile at the title) didn't feel like it was missing something at all. It's not often I don't have at least something negative to say about the book, but I can't think of anything. I absolutely loved it! It felt like it had it all; steamy, fun, embarrassing, annoying, cute scenes... You name it. And still it managed not to feel too rushed or like it had too much going on.
The most negative I can think of? Well, I want more. Much, much more of these lovely characters. I read it in one sitting (I'm just glad I had a free period at school) and couldn't put it down. At the same time, I really didn't want it to end either. I loved the way I could actually feel what Christa felt in all of her awkward situations and I was almost as embarrassed as she was more than once! I also loved how it portrayed a normal wife and mother, trying to get the most out of her vacation (and be alone with her handsome husband of course.) It's not the kind of stories I usually read--or even hear about--but it was a nice twist to it all.
I read the sample before giving it a try and thought it sounded really good. So, I decided I'd go for it, but I never expected to love it this much! I'm pleasantly surprised, as well as a little speechless. I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to read more novels and novellas by this wonderful author!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 17, 2011 :
i loved this book.
the tone is light and humerous, the characters well-drawn, the situations often bloody hilarious - there were smiles, chuckles and even a belly-laugh sprinkled throughout.
i really felt for Christa as she was thwarted again and again in her attempts to rekindle her much-missed marital passion. three kids and a mother-in-law will do that to a girl...
speaking of the mother-in-law, i found myself, like Christa, unable to decide if this seemingly evil, scheming and interfering monster really *was* just a kindhearted, if misguided and socially inept, lady.
highly reccommended. my only complaint is that it was too short. looking forward to hearing more about Christa, Miles, and the wonderful elder Mrs Vanderveldt.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)