Monday, March 26, 2012

Book Review: Do Or Di

Author: Eileen Cook
Title: Do Or Di
Publish Date : Jan 22, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: The author
Book Blurb: Erin Callighan has given up on the idea of a fairy tale romance. Having dated her own version of the Seven Dwarves (including Grumpy and Sleepy), she's letting go of the idea of Prince Charming and settling for Prince Good Enough. Erin’s focused on reaching her dream of having her own talk radio show, even if it means having to temporarily co-host with the annoying “Voice of Seattle”, Colin Stewart. To score points with her station manager, she agrees to be a part of the Positive Partnerships program that matches her with Diana, a troubled pre-teen who swears she's channeling the spirit of the late Princess Diana. She's supposed to be mentoring Diana, but the channeled princess has a lot to teach Erin about love and happily ever after endings.

Review: Most chicklit books/romances etc focus on the woman who is cheated on. In Do Or Di, Erin is the other woman, and an unlikely one. She's a radio personality and she's dating a married man, who for all intents and purposes is an absolute jerk.

The story is more a tale of how this woman saw the light about the married guy, rather than a romance about how she found Mr. Right. You kinda guess that she's going to end up with Colin, the obnoxious guy from the station, who doesn't end up being that obnoxious. But it is finding out what an absolute pig Jonathon is that makes you keep turning the pages.

It is hard to believe a woman that is as smart as Erin could settle for this guy for any amount of time, because he is the stereotypical married guy on the prowl.

But there is more to the story than just Erin and Jonathon, there's Diana, the teenager who just happens to think that she's channeling Princess Diana, because she was born on the day Diana died.

I absolutely loved Princess Di, so I found this bit of the story such fun, and Diana was a sweet kid, if not a bit misguided. I also loved her dog Rooster. She really made the story, because her wackiness was part of the reason, Erin woke up and smelled the coffee, so to speak. (That along with a bombshell from her mom).

Erin's writing reminded me of Jennifer Crusie, especially her older stuff that was published by Harlequin.  The radio station setting reminded me of "Charlie All Night" which is one of my favorite Crusie novels. The chemistry between Erin and Colin is fun too. It isn't overly sexual, but you know that these two like each other deep down.

I'm looking forward to reading more by Eileen in the future!

Rating: 4 flowers


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