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Monday, July 16, 2007

Review: First Class Male

By guest reviewer Michele Oberlander.

First Class Male
by Christine Columbus

Jenny decided to walk to the Post Office to pick up the package her co-workers claimed was waiting for her. However, when she got there the handsome clerk was unable to find the parcel, but he did find her heart.

(10 pages) - sweet
First impression of the cover: Simple and classy. The title made me think of a story of the perfect man. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I realized it was a clever play on words.

This is a short story that hones in on what we romance readers look for; girl meets boy, girl chases boy, boy doesn't call, girl thinks "whoops" and guy plans a "Gotcha!". Reverse chase. I loved it.

This story is told in first person by a plucky heroine named Jennifer. We jump right into a day of her life where work and serendipity play a pivotal role in her future. Jennifer finally has her life on track, or so she thinks. Her co-workers know otherwise and have a history of plaguing her with schemes to spice up her romance deprived life. This day is no different.

No scheme is as effective as the day serendipity brought her within the sights of Blake, a handsome man behind a service counter. Their first flirtation is sweet, endearing and believable. The snafu at her follow-up visit had me laughing as I could all too easily see myself doing the same thing and feeling the same way.

The pursuit of love with its humorous subtlety is a delight and makes this story a thing of beauty. The end of this novel rates high on my romantic "sigh" meter. This is one HEA that leaves you smiling.