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Monday, November 16, 2009

Use By Date by Helen Ravell

Use By Date by Helen Ravell
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary/Comedy
Length: Full (191 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

In life and love—you can’t win from the sidelines.

Helen grabs her reader's attention with her opening shot. An invisible woman? Really? Well, yes and no. So when Helen Ravell's heroine, Taylor Elliott, decides she's done with being nothing more than Jodi's Mum or Mrs. Elliott, the teacher, she takes drastic action.

Needless to say nothing goes as planned and she finds herself centre stage and the focus of several eyes, all appraising her in differing shades of emotion. From staidly boring, her life takes on a momentum of its own driven by friends and her new lover.

In the words of Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet, historian and biographer, "Oh what a tangle web we weave, when we practice to deceive." And deceptions abound in this story.

So what is a guy to do when a stunning woman sits down at your table without introduction, and begins laying down terms and conditions he knows nothing about? Well, Matthew Bourke decided to play along and maximize his chances. But of course Ms Ravell puts plenty of spanners in his works.

Add to the mix a discrepancy in age between Matthew and Taylor, bring on the families, and watch the sparks fly. This fun read is a must, especially if you've just endured a bad day and are in need of relaxation and a laugh.