For #ThrowbackThursday I’m sharing some of my favorite past reads WITH review!
“Thrown for a Curve: A Perfect Fit Novel”
by Sugar Jamison
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 25, 2014
WHEN YOU’RE A big girl
Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?
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When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?
March 31, 2014
Witty, Sexy, Sweet!
It took me a bit longer than usual to complete this book, because I kept going back over so many parts – not because they didn’t make sense, but because they were hilarious!
From the very beginning, with conversations about too much hair spray and homemade party dresses, Sugar Jamison spins a delightful tale that feels REAL. We all enjoy a little angst here and there, but for me, it must make sense and flow within the story. There was no shark jumping or forced HEAs found here – these people could be anyone we know.
At 22 years of age, Charlotte “Cherri” Rudy is still waiting for her life to ‘begin’. She works in a boutique to support herself, Baba – her elderly VERY Ukrainian grandmother, and Rufus – Baba’s dog. Her passion is to paint, and she even has a college degree – but there aren’t many opportunities for artists in her small town, and when a job does become available, she realizes combined with commuting time, she’d be away from her Baba too long during the day. But the bills are piling up and the house is falling apart, so Cherri soldiers on, trying to think up solutions.
That is when she isn’t thinking about Colin O’Connell – the 6’3″ friend of a friend who Cherri believes will always see her as a ‘friend’. Cherri doesn’t believe that Colin…or any man…could ever be attracted to her 6′ tall plus size body. But surprise, surprise, Colin is attracted to her! However, he’s at least a dozen years older than her and has a rep as a womanizer, so he denies his feelings for Cherri and hides them. She has had a thing for him since they first met, but she’s seen the thin, petite, “sophisticated” women Colin has dated and figures she doesn’t have a chance.
Cherri and Colin each carry tons of emotional baggage from as far back as childhood, and it’s that baggage that hinders this couple from having a real conversation. But, it doesn’t stop them from having sex. They have lots and lots of sex and they try to mask their feelings with humor. She’s always making self-deprecating remarks about her body type, while Colin is having arguments with himself. In a more somber tone, this would have been extremely annoying and aggravating, but the banter between these two is so incredibly sharp, you actually look forward to their next scene.
You’ll also look forward to scenes that include Baba. While this is Cherri and Colin’s story, Baba steals just about every encounter she’s involved in with her mixed up pop culture cliches and fussing. Rufus also manages to walk off with a scene or two.
Fortunately, the witty banter and laughs aren’t reserved for just the H/H, and when the couple’s support network of friends are around, there’s plenty of one liners and zingers to keep the reader engaged…and laughing.
All of “Thrown for a Curve’s” characters are likable and invested in the couple…except for Sean and Serena, and if there was any justice in FictionLand, those two would end up together. That would make me quite happy! 😉
Kudos to Ms. Jamison – I will definitely read more of her work.