18 February 2012

REVIEW: Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie

Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie
Published: March, 1995
Age: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 298
Acquired: Dee from Good Choice Reading
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall: ½
Summary: Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help her cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus.
Charlie just wants to kick back, play good tunes and eat Chinese food. He's not interested in becoming famous. But he is interested in Allie. And after all, what harm in a little chemistry between friends?
But suddenly their one-night stand has become a four-week addiction. Night after night on the airwaves, his voice seduces her. . .and all the other women in town. He's a hit. It looks as if Charlie's solved all Allie's problems. . .except one. What is she going to do when he leaves?

I read this book for my personal "Contemporary February" challenge, and I'm really glad I did. This book is not for you to think too hard. Don't expect to be motivated to go out and change the world. And you won't have these words resonate with you like you've just read the worlds best fiction. No. This is simply a lovey-dovey kind of book that makes you giggle, blush and just overall feel good. And that's just one thing I love about contemporary books!
When we meet Allie she's at the top of her radio producing career, until her skeezy boyfriend, Mark, dumps her, without any real reason why. And with that, she is no longer producing his very successful show and is given a new guy at a new time. This is not what Allie wanted to hear, but with her head held high, she perseveres.
But of course, as her luck has it, she runs into Charlie in the most unfortunate and kind of embarrassing way. Luckily Charlie is a good guy and takes this meeting in stride, going along with Allie's shenanigans and despising Mark upon meeting him. Just as Allie wants. And what else does she want but a one-night stand to help her get over Mark.
When you're producing a late-night show for the guy who happens to be staying with you and you may have had a fabulous one-night stand with...things are not going to be easy.
And so, the fun ensues!
I loved how serious, funny and real Charlie was. The way Allie describes him, didn't make him seem physically attractive to me per se, but  it made him no less interesting and yummy in general.  The love scenes in this book are sweet and hot without being overly descriptive! I never felt like I had to hide in a room alone because of it, but it definitely wasn't something I'd read aloud around kids. ^_^"
The way Mark is was...hilarious, he was a pathetic guy with nothing but his career in mind and the childish games he played kept me laughing.
This is definitely a quick and fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will be checking out more of Jennifer Crusie's work, especially her newer books.

Writing: ½
(I have this cover)

Author Info:
Jennifer Crusie
was born in Wapakoneta, a small Ohio town on the banks of the Auglaize River. She graduated from Wapakoneta High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Art Education. She married in 1971 and lived briefly in Wichita Falls until her Air Force husband was transferred to Dayton, Ohio. Her solo novels continue to explore women’s journeys, especially issues dealing with relationships, friendships, community, and creativity, and her collaborations give her the opportunity to explore those same things in real life. She is a very fortunate woman, and she knows it.
Find more on Jenny on her: website & facebook

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