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Ms. Taken Identity by Dan Begley

June 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for the chance to review this book!

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars

PhD candidate Mitch Samuel’s life isn’t going exactly according to plan: his girlfriend just dumped him (to be fair, he did forget to pick her up at the airport), his estranged father has landed in the hospital, and his literary masterpiece-one part Shakespeare, one part Steinbeck, and all parts lyrical epic-has been rejected for the umpteenth time.

However, after a chance encounter at Starbucks with the queen of women’s fiction- Katharine Longwell-who seems to take a liking to him, he senses an opportunity for literary riches, if not reputation. After telling her that his (imaginary) female cousin is an aspiring chick-lit author, he secures a promise from her that she’ll help his “cousin” get published. The only problem is, Mitch needs a manuscript, and fast.

Unfortunately, try as he might to get inside a woman’s head by reading Vogue and Cosmo, watching Oxygen and Oprah, nothing seems to work. That’s when his roommate Bradley suggests that he try a dance class at the studio where Bradley’s sister Marie takes lessons. Self-conscious about his own skills, and unwilling to reveal his true intentions, Mitch attends the first class under an alias: Jason Gallagher, pharmaceutical rep. What could go wrong?

Nothing, except that Mitch/Jason quickly finds himself hooked on dancing, and on the charming Marie. Who has no idea who he really is. Or that he knows her brother. Or why he’s there. Suddenly, his novel-writing project is becoming a lot more than he bargained for…

I really enjoyed reading this book but I have mixed feelings about it.  It was pretty hilarious when Mitch, the arrogant, snob is trying to do research to write a chick lit book by watching Oprah and reading woman’s magazines.   I have to give him that he must have been very secure in his masculinity to do all that, go into woman’s clothing stores, etc.  The reason I have mixed feelings is I did not like Mitch for most of the story even at the end.  The only time I liked him was when he was pretending to be Jason Gallagher.    For a guy who thinks he is so smart he certainly dug himself into a hole with his best friend, Marie and his own father.

Despite not liking Mitch much I think the rest of the story and supporting characters do make up for this and it’s still a fun book to read.  It was a nice change in chick lit books that this one was told from a guy’s point of view and that it makes a point that while chick lit may not be considered “literature” it does serve a purpose of entertaining people.

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