Monday, August 27, 2007

To Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter

PAGES: 370
SETTING: Contemporary
TYPE: Straight Romance

REASON FOR READING: AAR gave it a DIK review.

Jillian Greene is always getting caught in the act—it's her job! Working at Catch A Mate, Jillian gets paid by suspicious wives to smile, flirt and prove that no man can be trusted around the opposite sex. Her only ground rule? She never gets physical. Until a heart-stoppingly gorgeous male walks in…

Marcus Brody has just been hired as bait to test female fidelity. But the last thing Jillian needs is a partner…especially an infuriating, irresistible man who's got her fantasizing about tearing off his clothes.

Can a savvy modern woman find happiness with the most tempting man she's ever known? Is there such a thing as a totally monogamous male?


It's hard to believe that AAR gave this book DIK status because I was not that impressed with it. It wasn't horrible but it just wasn't to my taste. CaM had a good plot and I loved the idea of a service that helps women discover if their boyfriend or husband is cheating on them and thought it had great comic potential. But I found some of the dialogue kind of silly and childish rather than funny as the author probably intended.

Heroine Jillian works for the agency and acts as bait to entice husbands or boyfriends who've been accused of cheating and captures their actions on film to show their female clients. Marcus takes over the agency and wants to include catching cheating wives and girlfriends into their offered services. But the way he handles his newly acquired female employees was chauvinistic and bullying. I couldn't stand the guy. Plus all his mental lusting for Jillian was ridiculous. Both the H/H had good reasons to hate members of the opposite sex and they work out their problems fairly realistically. And the sexual tension and steamy love scenes were great. But I couldn't warm up to the hero at all.

Jillian spent a lot of time thinking "I hate him, I hate him" "Wow, is he hot!" "Wow, does he have a great butt", then of course they have hot steamy sex. I don't get that. If I hate some guy (male chauvinist pig), I don't think they're attractive and want to jump them. MCP's are a total turnoff. But then that's just me. If you skip all the mental lusting and chauvinistic attitude, it would have been a pretty good read.



Rosie said...

You know I haven't had much luck with AAR DIK books personally. So I haven't been back in quite a while to check their reviews. I trust people like you a lot more. : )

Just read the post about the wedding dress too. Wow! So exciting. I have boys so I don't anticipate there is much wedding dress shopping in my future. Although, your daughter shopping with her future MIL gives me hope.

Dev said...

I've got this one on my wishlist ~ I like Gena's stories but you really have to be in the mood to read them.

Chantal said...

I adored Catch a Mate. One of the best of the year for me.

ReneeW said...

Rosie: There's still hope. Angie took her future MIL and SIL shopping for wedding gowns and that's when she found this. So you could be shopping for wedding gowns with a future DIL, you never know.

Dev: I've heard good things about Showalter. I will definitely try another.

Chantal: I know lots of people liked this one, but I plan on trying another. The hero just bugged me, then I couldn't get past it.

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