by Jill Mansell
Kindle Edition, 516 pages
(first published 1991)
When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend Holly to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early. For parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa and this one proved to be no exception - until she encountered Ross Monahan, whose wicked reputation was as high profile as the hotel he owned and ran with such panache. But whilst Holly set about ensnaring his reluctant brother Max, Tessa simply accepted Ross for what he was, a sensational one-night stand...until she realised, weeks later, that one-night stands can have far-reaching consequences...
This book has gotten widely mixed reviews. Everything from one to five stars. I personally gave it a five-star rating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It was totally different from the other Jill Mansell book I read, Three Amazing Things About You, but it was just as good in its own way. It was also about those crazy interpersonal relationships that men and women have and how lack of communication can really screw them up.
This time it's Tessa, an artist, and Ross, a rich hotel owner and playboy, who have to work out a relationship with lots of interference and very little communication. They have lots of "help" from their friends and relatives. There's also Holly and Max to consider, if Holly has anything to say about it. And Mattie has the ultimate loss and gain. If I'm seeing a formula in Ms. Mansell's work, it might be this stroke of painful reality in it. But perhaps reading a third book of hers will tell me more. Truly not a hardship, I don't think.
I would recommend this book to any of Ms. Mansell's readers who enjoy the way she brings her characters together and apart time and again as they change their minds as fickle as the weather and wallow in their angst. Solo certainly has lots of that!
I was provided an eARC of this book by NetGalley and Kindle in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley