Tuesday, 27 May 2014

How To Win A Guy In Ten Dates - Jane Linfoot

About the book...
The 10 Date Challenge
Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.
Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.

Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way….

About the author...
Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. 

She lives in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where her family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, they are in walking distance of a supermarket. She enjoys writing romance because it means she gets to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. She loves hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. 

When she’s not on Facebook or twitter, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, she’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.


My thoughts...
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author Jane Linfoot which I'm more than happy to do.

The title misled me a bit, I was expecting to find a woman on a mission - setting out to snare the perfect man.  How wrong could I be? What I got was a love them and leave them gigalo who was challenged by his sister and best friend to have ten dates with the same person without revealing who he really was or his substantial wealth - what he doesn't bargain on is happening upon a woman who is equally determined to avoid relationships at all costs.

Ed clearly was used to women dropping at his feet and feisty Millie was more than a match for him.  This was a magical tale of cat and mouse - of both Ed and Millie trying to stick to their game plan and trying to quash their feelings - both startled by the emotions that kept rising.

Once again Jane has surpassed herself - her descriptions are so vivid I could have been in France with them when Ed took Millie so he could participate in the annual fireworks display.  I finished this book several weeks ago and yet I can still see the village, the castle, its grounds and the tent that Ed and Millie stayed in - I can feel the heat and clearly visualise the electric storms taste the food and drink the wine.

All of those elements tug Ed and Millie back and forth towards each other and away like they are joined on elastic - they amplify the emotions as each are drawn towards each other, exploding in a passion neither are prepared for - it is electric and all consuming.  Then just as fast one of them pulls back as if doused by cold water.

I constantly willed them both to be up front, be honest and open with each other but each of them hold back yet at the same time push each other to the limits.  The passion is palpable and I loved the way each brought out the others vulnerability and emotions.  This is a book that will make you smile, laugh and sit quietly - you'll feel the heat and not just from the sun. Do they get a happy ending? You'll have to read it yourself and find out - I loved it and I'm sure you will too.