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Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

January 24th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: Reissue

Publisher: Pocket Books

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

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She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe’s jet-set playgrounds. Now she’s broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown….

He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm. Why in hell is he stopping his car for this woebegone, surly Scarlett?

Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Come enjoy the adventure of a lifetime — an irresistible story that’s touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate. You’ll never forget Dallie and the sassy lady who needs a good swift kick in her…

I am not a huge fan of contemporary romances in general but there are two that have a home on my to keep/to reread shelves and one of them is Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kiss An Angel, so I decided to give this one a chance.  I think Susan is going to have to be an exception to my rule of not enjoying contemporary romances because this was a great read!  It made me laugh, I could feel the sizzle between Francesca and Dallie and even at one point it even brought tears to my eyes.  I posted on Twitter that romances usually do not bring on tears unless it’s from laughing so hard.  This book is filled with unexpected twists and turns.  You may think you know what is coming next but expect the unexpected as they say in Survivor.

Frannie was so clueless that it was hard to imagine people who live like her although I suppose to could equate her life style in the beginning as very Paris Hilton like.  Frannie is not deliberately cruel but she does not have even a glimmer of what life is for those who are not born with a silver spoon in their mouths and are told being beautiful is the most important thing in life.  As can be expected she makes an amazing turnaround in the book but not really for the reasons you would expect like winning Dallie’s love.  Some of the choices she makes were a total shock for me but they made the story seem more real as things did not immediately turn up roses for Frannie.

Dallie also isn’t your typical hero.  Yes, he’s handsome and charming at times but he can also be a real ass and I mean a REAL big ass.  So at first I was totally rooting for him and joined him in looking down at Frannie but seeing Frannie grow and Dallie stagnate quickly had me shifting alliances to sympathize with her.

Holly Grace, Dallie’s first love, was a surprising addition to the story and she added a little twist to the story that was also unexpected but I really enjoyed.  She and Dallie’s best friend, Skeet, were some of the best supporting characters I’ve read in a long time.

Put all together this was a fun, romping romance that I highly suggest for the romantic at heart.

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