Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review of #7 Natural born charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Name of book: Natural Born Charmer

Author Name: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

ISBN: 978-0-06-073458-9

Publisher: Avon fiction

Type of book: Adult, romance, contemporary

Year it was published: 2007

Summary:
 It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a raod, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her. THe beaver marched right past, her big, flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small sharp nose stuck up in teh air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed...She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a litle distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road...Funny, sexy, and touching-Natural BOrn CHarmer is the unforgettable love story of a golden boy who might be losing his luster and a spirited woman who's learned never to depend on anyone but herself.

Characters:
The characters all had dimensions  to them and not a single one of them could be described as lifeless and flat. Instead they seemed to sparkle with life and were easy to keep track with, and that includes minor characters. I do wish that Blue and Dean's characters were more explored thoroughly and they also seemed to be not as strong as say Jack and April.

Theme:
To be honest, this is a very good book. The main theme is self vs self, and trying to learn how to forgive those who had done us the most wrong. Also, how unexpected surprises can be a good thing even if at the time they feel horrible. The book feels quirky yet at the same it feels human.

Plot:
This was written in third person omniscient, but the changes from one character to another are done tastefully and one doesn't get lost when moving from one character to another. I do wish that some issues would be resolved far better, like between Blue and her mother, or in someways, unfortunately the chemistry between Blue and Dean isn't felt, at least to me, and it seems almost forced.

Author information:
Susan Elizabeth Phillips wrote many novels such as Lady Be Good and is primarily known for her fictional football team The Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers novels. She has two grown sons and is married.

Opinion:
This was given to me on May 27th, 2008 when I graduated a 2 year college. I still do not understand why the giver chose this book out of all the ones he could have chosen, (I doubt that he read it) Since 2008, I read it almost every year, enjoying the quirkiness that is both memorable but then tends to return and hit me full force so to speak. I enjoy the richness of both primary and secondary characters, and some moments are heart-tugging and one actually feels happy for the characters.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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