Reviewed by Karin
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book so much. It is laugh out loud funny. I really did laugh out loud. This is Maxwell's first book, but I would definitely read another one, especially if it has the same voice as this one.
The premise of this book sounds silly, and it is impossible, but what the hey! and it combines several genres (romance, erotic and paranormal), which makes it even more clever. Even though you have to suspend reality, it is so easy to do. Finally about halfway through the book I had to mark all the places that were funny, or witty, or poignant.
LRP gave me an uncorrected paperback, but I didn't see any errors. It was easy to read.
The Story, one of them...
Sadie Fuller, a 46 year old divorced mother of an 11 year old daughter, is slightly over weight, living among younger women who are all thin -- as Maxwell says of one woman, you'd like to give her a sandwich... She writes erotic romances under a pen name K.T. Briggs. And she is successful. She pays alimony to Roger, her ex, to the tune of $5000 a month. He is still her friend -- and gay. Roger has found gorgeous partners, while Sadie has had none.
She places an ad for a sex buddy for her only free time, Friday mornings. It is answered by a sweet guy, Jason, a lawyer, who isn't chisled. Their sex is funny and sweet as they learn each other. He comes with his own baggage, which makes him endearingly vulnerable, as she is.
The books starts with almost alternating chapters of Sadie's story and the new erotic book she is writing, Stolen Secrets.
Things get complicated when she finds she has a greater word count in the morning than how she left it at night. It turns out a witch, Clarissa, has presented the male character, Aiden, with a challenge which he must fulfill in 48 hours.
And Aiden shows up in real life in the Target where Sadie is shopping...it takes a bit before he remembers who he is, and Sadie realizes what is happening.
And Clarissa is a character from an unfinished paranormal book that Sadie set aside a number of years before. Turns out Aiden had been a character in that book under another name and another occupation.
Jason shows up on the arm of her neighbor (and she shows up with Aiden) at a school fundraiser. Sadie realizes she is jealous, and Jason isn't too happy either...
The ending (no spoiler)
I loved the ending. Very clever. The end. LOL.
I loved the book. If I could give it 7 * out of 5, I would do it.