Reinventing Mona by Jennifer Coburn
What’s new? Me, for starters…
It all began when my job offered me a buy-out package. That’s when the realization hit: I’m young, I’m rich (thanks to a hefty inheritance), and I’m boring. Not “needs a little zip” boring, either. More like “mustard stain on a Sears tweed couch” drab. French’s in a squeeze bottle, that’s me. But suddenly I have Grey Poupon aspirations! Things are gonna change-starting now…
Building a better mantrap…
First things first: Exercise. Carrot juice. Straight hair. Whiter teeth. Clothes that fit (I have breasts? Who knew?) But wait-there’s more. Life’s kicked me around a bit, and I’ve been nursing my wounds for too long. I’m finally ready to take a chance on love with the perfect guy. He’s handsome. He’s smart. He’s reliable. He’s my CPA. Problem is, I’m clueless about winning him over. It’s time to call in an expert. It’s time to call in The Dog.
Mike “The Dog” Dougherty is a man’s man. A guy’s guy. Okay, he’s a chauvinist pig, and his sty is “The Dog House,” a testosterone-charged column in Maximum for Him magazine. On one hand, I abhor all he stands for. On the other hand, who better to coach me? So here I am. Learning the complex unspoken language of the American male (Talk, bad. Sex, good.); trying exciting new things (Stripping lessons are empowering. Really.); falling for Mike. Uh oh. But the Mike I’m getting to know is different from The Dog. And the Mona I’m becoming isn’t quite who I expected, either.
This whole makeover scheme is getting crazier by the minute. But “crazy” beats “boring”…right?
My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. One of my favorite movies is The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. And so I was delighted to experience a story similar in the form of Reinventing Mona. You have to meet Mona. I mean, did you read the synopsis above?? Her back story is deep though. Nothing frou-frou about it. She’s got depth as a character. And really, so does “The Dog” even though you think he’s the spitting image of Gerard Butler’s character in The Ugly Truth. (Side Note: that’s who I was picturing every time “The Dog” was conversating…not a shabby thought bubble..lol). Definitely add this one to your summer reads list!