“Mr. Maybe”, by Jane Green

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Read it, or save your time?  Hands down one of my favorite chick lit books of all time.  It will make you laugh out loud.

What’s it about?

Twenty-seven-year-old Libby Mason loves working in PR, but it doesn’t pay nearly enough to support her glam lifestyle. With self-proclaimed “champagne tastes and beer pockets” she decides she will just have to marry rich in order to maintain her designer filled wardrobe and buy the huge, “fuck off” house in Hanover terrace  (the wealthiest area of London) she knows she absolutely must live in one day soon.

The only snag is she can’t seem to find the perfect guy, although it is not for a lack of trying. Tired of always being the one doing the chasing and waiting around for the phone to ring, she decides to have a no-strings attached, sex-only relationship where for once, she can call the shots and be in control.

Enter Nick, the gorgeous, blue-eyed aspiring writer she meets through a friend.  Despite being incredibly sexy, funny, and fantastic in bed, he lives in a crappy apartment, is on the “dole” (the British version of welfare), and has grungy friends who spend their nights in dumpy pubs drinking beer and debating left-wing politics.  Although the chemistry is undeniable, they are clearly from different worlds and want different things out of life, so obviously Nick can’t be “the one”…

Shortly thereafter, she meets Ed McMahon, a self-made finance genius who is worth millions and is considered one of London’s most eligible bachelors.  He is thoughtful and kind, buys her Donna Karen dresses (not MY first choice but you get the idea), and is eager to settle down and provide Libby with the life of she has always dreamed of.  So what if he has a scraggly mustache, is god-awful in bed, and is a bit pompous and socially awkward…everyone must make a few compromises along the way, right?

As Libby struggles to find Mr. Right, you will find her witty, charming, and relatable.

Reviewer’s Note:  I love the British terms used throughout the book – they add additional humor to an already fabulously entertaining novel.

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