Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken

I am really excited to review The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken by Mari Passananti. This book completely held my attention, and I didn't want to put it down!!

From the Book Jacket:

Zoe Clark thinks her world will implode when her fiance dumps her on the eve of their splashy wedding. After nearly a decade with her college sweetheart, Zoe feels like a teenager about to be eaten alive by the New York dating scene. And her problems don't end there. Zoe works a less-than-ideal jobs, managing other people's careers while her own ambitions wither.

Enter Oscar Thornton. He's handsome, charming, attentive and rich - the perfect boyfriend. But does he harbor a dark secret? Or will Zoe torpedo her newfound happiness by indulging a far fetched suspicion?

My thoughts:

Zoe has been with her fiance for ten years. He breaks off the wedding the night before, with a pretty huge confession. Now, Zoe is questioning her instincts and judgement. Add in her job as a headhunter for a very well known, yet mostly crazy boss, and some interesting things start to happen!!

Enter Oscar Thornton, a gorgeous, successful and incredibly romantic man who is crazy about her. Since she has started to doubt her instincts, she suspects bad things of Oscar. Is she just paranoid, or is Oscar hiding something?!

The characters in this book were fabulous. The relationships that Zoe has with her best friends, Angela and Kevin are totally believable and it really seemed that they had been friends for a decade. Also, Zoe's coworkers were great additions to the story. Carol, the crazy boss who you can tell her mood by the state of her make-up, is appalling, yet incredibly intriguing.

The dialogue is witty and clever, and everything adds something special to the story. It is filled with twists that I just didn't expect. Mari Passananti crafted something that included romance, suspense and even a little thrill.

I especially loved the ending - Zoe figures it all out for herself. She finds what is going to be best for herself, and follows her heart. I wasn't expecting this ending, and it really works for the novel.

The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken was a great read, and I definitely think you should check this one out!!!

Thanks to Jocelyn at Kelley and Hall Book Publicity and Promotion for sending me a copy of this book to review!!


bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a great book! I'm very curious about the fiance's confession.

Cozy in Texas said...

Good review - I'll look out for this one.