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Monday, February 7, 2011

review: the other boyfriend by Sylvia Massara

“Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.” 
- Oscar Wilde

The Other Boyfriend

Sarah Jamison is very much in love with Jeffrey and wants him all to herself but he can't seem to end his relationship with Moira. 
Sarah wants to settle down soon. facing 40 and the inevitable big M (menopause) are not in her favor. she also has to work hard in establishing her network marketing business in Taiwan. Monica, her best friend, comes up with an idea and handsome Mike Connor enters the picture. despite Sarah's attraction to him, she hates the man for being so smug and sure of himself. she needs his help though as her "other boyfriend" if she plans to get Jeffrey away from Moira forever.
i love the way the author portrayed Sarah's character. she may start out sounding so pathetic with her desperate moves but she is actually a good person and is full of love. just like any other human being, she hungers for companionship and simply wants to be loved back as well.
with the support of her mother and best friend, Sarah learns to let go and finally finds healing, forgiveness, respect and true love.
another endearing character is Sarah's mother. she is such a hoot. together with her friends, she operates a seemingly innocuous website on cats but it is actually a cover for a private investigation network.
what is it then about love that makes one do or say stupid things that seem so illogical and outrageous to other people but make a lot of sense to the enamored? why is it that one also fails to hear the alarm when warning signals suddenly go off? are we plain stubborn or just acting out what our "flesh is heir to?" readers may find themselves saying "oh, i've been there done that" as i have while reading the story.
Sylvia Massara's debut novel The Other Boyfriend is a funny, real, feel-good book and though the author herself labels it as "chick-lit," i believe that male readers may see themselves in a character or two and learn valuable lessons about falling/being in love and about the women they love or pursue. 

*The Other Boyfriend is available at Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Diesel, Kobo and Smashwords.

my personal rating is:
The Other Boyfriend may contain material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

Disclosure of Material Connection: i purchased this book at Smashwords through a coupon provided by the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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