Title: Frisky Business
Author: Tawna Fenske
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, Humor
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Published: May 6, 2014
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WARNING: Reading this book while sipping tea/hot chocolate or anything liquid anywhere is unadvised.
This book almost made me spit out my hot chocolate while in bed but it surely helped in burning my tongue because this book is funny as hell. And for that, I give Ms. Fenske FOUR AND A HALF STARS for burning my tongue, Yup.
In this beautiful piece of hilariousness, we meet Marley Cartman, ready to move on from her previous relationship by getting away to Bend to work as a Development Director a wildlife sanctuary. Day one, she ends up adopting a dog and meeting hottie "Just Will" at the center and things get quite heated up. Oh, and she's decided to date blue collar job guys instead because they're less jackasses than the filthy rich ones. And Will definitely fits her checklist: Animal Shelter Volunteer. Check. Torn faded jeans. Check. Duct tape slippers. Check. Definitely the perfect guy. Imagine her shock and disappointment when she finds out he's actually not "Just Will" but the "William Barclay the Fifth" as in the board chairman of her new company. He wants her, but she's sworn of wealthy men and is absolutely determined to find a guy with a modest paycheck.
I love how spontaneous this book is, and the wittiness and hilarity of the story plot. There's not just hilarious comebacks and jokes to ease the awkward tension, but also mentions about phallic rock statues and lots of stuff about sex.
But despite the hilarity of the book and as much as I love it, I just couldn't quite give it a complete five stars. Why? One word, Marley.
Marley's desperation to find the right guy in the wrong areas was just frustrating, like girl, he's right in front of you. But no, she's determined to find Mr. Perfect Blue Collar. But you still gotta love her for her funny wit.
Now, Will, the oh so sweet, adorable, cute "Just Will". He's everything you'd want. Modest, down to earth and hilarious despite being an eccentric billionaire. Heck, he wears faded torn jeans to a company event and wears worn out flip flops. But like any other almost perfect human, he's got issues, especially when it comes to women. Imagine the thought of having your ex-wife go lesbian for your own sister. Yup. She'd decided she liked playing "palm the softballs" instead.
There also tons of hilarious characters in this book, especially the awesome Aunt Nancy. She's the reason why I almost choked on my hot chocolate. I'd rather not spoil who she is and what she does, but she's decided she wants to name her organization the "Nancy Ursula Thomas-Smith Arts Center" aka NUT SAC. Aunt Nancy will definitely make your day once you come across her in this book.
I'm definitely going to read this book again some time. Highly recommended! A good laugh before bed time will definitely result to smiling in your sleep. (Creepy much lolz)
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Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her gentleman friend in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. She’s published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves and Believe it or Not, as well as the interactive fiction caper, Getting Dumped, with Coliloquy and the novella Eat, Play, Lust, with Entangled Publishing. Her quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from RT Book Reviews, which nominated Making Waves for Contemporary Romance of the Year, and from the Chicago Tribune, which noted, "Fenske's wildly inventive plot & wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums."