Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sizzle - Jennifer Crusie

Emily is an advertising executive who is marketing the perfume Sizzle. Richard is the number cruncher who has to keep Emily within her budget.When Emily and Richard get together they are so hot they sizzle. The problem is, Richard has selective hearing. When Emily decides to fight for her love by curing his deafness things really reach boiling point...

Ok guys...being JC's new book came out this month I had to go back to where it all began! WITH SIZZLE! lol This was Jennys first novella to write and while she doesn't totally shun this book she doesn't quite claim it either. Dont believe me...here are her words on the book! lol

DO NOT ASK FOR A SIZZLE REPRINT. That damn book is following me around the way early porn films follow actresses.

While I dont feel as strongly apposed to this story as Ms. Crusie I have to say there were so flaws.

The story is stated pretty plain and simple...Emily is a marketing agent for some perfume called Sizzle. Emily has a tendency to go over budget therefore her boss assigned her a partner (in comes sexy hotshot Richard) to aid in her problem areas. And boy does she have some areas that need attention ;o) lol

From the get go Emily isnt to excited to have a partner, especially one that acts as a parent to her and never listens. BUT the bigger issue is Emily is wildly attracted to Richard. And as you start to see Richard cant seem to keep his mind on work. The two start to get things rolling but Emily notices a problem...Richard never seems to listen. At work OR in bed. He makes all of Emilys decisions and actually seems to not even notice her talking at times.

So basically this short story is about Emily getting Richard to listen up so they can be equals in their relationship...that quickly turns to an engagement.

Like all of JC's books her heroine is strong willed, sexy and smart. You always seem to laugh at the wittiness of JC's characters and just b/c this is her first go doesnt mean your let down! The story was short - yes but you get the idea of the problem and everything pretty much gets summed up by the end.

Low Points~
On the other hand b/c this is such a short story you felt quite rushed at times. You know the H/H falling in love SO quickly and then turning engaged! Now I understand in the world of novellas this is totally common but I wouldve rather them just stayed in their relationship. Maybe it wouldve felt a bit more believable. Another issue was you never got into the heros head. You were in Emilys POV the entire time so to me that kept me a bit disconnected from Richards character. My last issue was (and this is nit picky) that the plot was a bit of a stretch! I mean the issue was a man that didnt pay attention to his woman. Not the normal guy "not paying attention" I mean to him Emily was talking and looking at him and he was dead to the world...and the way she supposedly "fixed" the problem...well I didnt see how that worked but I guess in their world it did! lol But afterall it is fiction...what more could I ask for right?!?! ;o)

Now dont get me wrong...just b/c my low points were longer than my highs doesnt mean this wasnt a good book. It was very Jenny Crusie-ish lol Her typical stuff I guess just not NEARLY as developed as normal. If you get a chance to get your grubby little hands on this one keep it b/c its a hard one to find! :o)

I give this book a total of...

Happy Reading!



Mandi said...

I love the title..LOL.

Sometimes a shorter story thrown in the mix is just what I need. Nice review.

March 24, 2010 at 4:33 AM
~ames~ said...

It almost sounds as if he's deaf, like really deaf, not just listening. Is he?

March 24, 2010 at 5:06 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ya short stories are great! I read this one in like...2 hours...it only about 90 pages! :o)

LOL! No hes not REALLY deaf...lets say he has selective hearing! ;op

March 24, 2010 at 5:24 AM
Cecile said...

Oh wow... 2 hours huh! Well, I will have to give this one a try. I do love short stories and while they are short, I try not to down cast them because of that. But you are right, there are certain things that are allowed and should not be allowed. I mean... 90 pages... met, sex, and engaged...hummm.. to soon. But your review is honest and hot! Thanks for the heads up on this one!
A new to me author! Thanks honey!
Hope all is going well!

March 24, 2010 at 7:41 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

WHAT?!?! Never read JC??? You totally need to try ALL her books! lol They are filled with fun sexy STRONG women...and the hot guys are a plus! ;op Ya this novella was a goodie! I love going back to the older stuff by JC! Always a treat!

All is well as I hope the same with you! :o)

March 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM