'The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken'
Author: Mari Passananti
Published: Rutland Square Press; July 2011
Genre: Chick lit
Synopsis: Zoë Clark thinks her world will implode when her fiancé dumps her on the eve of their splashy wedding. After nearly a decade with her college sweetheart, Zoë feels like a teenager about to be eaten alive by the New York dating scene. And her problems don’t end there. Zoë works a less-than-ideal job, managing other people’s careers while her own ambitions wither. To add insult to injury, she does so in the employ of a larger than life woman whose staff measures the boss’s emotional state by the zealousness of her make up application. Quitting is out of the question; Zoë’s rent doubled when her fiancé bailed. Enter Oscar Thornton. He’s handsome, charming, attentive and rich - the perfect boyfriend. But does he harbor a dark secret? Or will Zoë torpedo her newfound happiness by indulging a far fetched suspicion? The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken tells the story of a young woman who sets out to find a man to solve her problems. Instead she finds herself facing her own shortcomings, testing her oldest friendships and realizing that she has the power to make herself happy. Packed with snappy dialogue and playful wit, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken will strike a chord with any woman who’s ever allowed herself to think, My life would be perfect, if I could just meet the right guy.
My Take: When you are lying by the pool there is a specific type of book you want to have with you to pass the time. Each person has specific qualifications. For me, I like an easy reader, so this book went in my suitcase on my recent honeymoon to Tahiti and it was the perfect companion to the pool. I read it in a day and found it wholly entertaining.
The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, I'm going to be honest with you, takes you on some weird twists and turns. Don't go in expecting the usual out of the characters. However, if you want some entertainment, pick this book up! Zoe, our leading lady, has had a tough year. Her engagement was called off when she found out her fiance was gay. That's a tough one but you can't really change his mind so she has to move forward. She has a job with a boss that is crazy but at least can provide her with some distractions and she has a good group of friends.
One day while at work she gets some flowers from a secret admirer. Deciding she has nothing to lose she goes out on a date with this man and it seems like he could potentially be the man of her dreams. He is charming and good looking and rich even. However, as Zoe might find out, if something seems to good to be true, it just might be.
Like I said, a totally fun read, however, without spoiling it for you, if I wasn't by the beach, the twist and turns might have been a little too wacky for me. Totally glad I read it though!
Cover Lust: I love this cover! It is what made me want to read this book!