Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review- Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

When it was announced that Jenny B. Jones would be releasing a new novel during one of the gloomiest months of the year I began to salivate like Pavlov’s dog outside the Vatican on Easter Sunday. Nothing cures the mid-winter blues like a romantic giggle fest, and Jenny B. Jones has provided just that in her latest novel, Save the Date.


Lucy Wiltshire is a determined young woman with a penchant for vintage clothes and science fiction books, movies, and memorabilia. Now serving as the director of Saving Grace, a non-profit home for girls who have aged-out of the foster care system, Lucy has found both a mission and a sense of purpose. But although she has built the home into a successful, beautiful haven, Lucy is still plagued by feelings of inadequacy -- feelings only intensified by a suitor’s rejection and a financial emergency which threatens to close down her home for girls.

Enter Alex Sinclair, Congressional Candidate and the bane of Lucy Wiltshire’s private school years. A former professional football player who sidelined as an underwear model, Alex is also the son of Saving Grace’s biggest corporate sponsor – the sponsor whose generosity has taken a sudden downturn.

Alex is a confident bit of man-candy with movie-star good looks and, in Lucy’s estimation, a “Body chiseled by years on the field, hours in the gym, and possibly a handshake with the devil.” It would seem Alex has everything going for him, but the polls say differently. He’s lagging behind his political opponent and just can’t seem to catch a break -- until the night he’s photographed with Lucy Wiltshire.

As rumors of Alex’s romantic attachment to poor, do-gooder Lucy grow, so does his political ranking. When Alex devises a proposition that could solve both his – and her – problems, Lucy is shocked and outraged by his farcical proposal of… marriage, but she is desperate to keep Saving Grace open. Eventually, Lucy decides she has no other option and agrees to Alex’s proposal to rescue Saving Grace. What neither Lucy nor Alec expect, however, is that their disdainful banter and fake engagement could result in a very real romance.


Like a red-velvet cupcake with tart lemon filling. This story was sweet and buttery enough to make me feel like a glutton after consuming it in less than twenty-four hours; but sharp notes of sarcasm peppered every page, giving the characters a quirky sort of depth which made this novel oh-so-pleasing to the palate.


I consider myself to be edgy, hip, and cool most of the time, so it pains me to admit that I got every one of Lucy’s Sci-Fi/Star Trek/LOTR references. (And if you don’t know what LOTR stands for, look it up, cuz I’m not telling.)


Unless you are giving up laughter for Lent, you should read this book. But I give you fair warning: if you are easily embarrassed when you snort out loud, you might just want to find a private place to do your reading.

“No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones is a satisfying, giggle-fest romance that will make you laugh, snort, sigh, drool, and maybe even become a little more socially conscious. Complete with a smart, spunky heroine and tasty bites of man-candy, Save the Date is sure to chase your gloomy winter blues away.

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Reviewed by contributor Serena Chase
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