Author: Kathleen Tessaro
Paperback: 384 pages
Hughie Venables-Smythe is a charming and handsome out-of-work-actor who's in love with an older woman, jaded lingerie designer Leticia who doesn't believe in love, just sex. Just when things are getting desperate both money and love-wise for Hughie than he gets hired - as a Flirt by a company that specializes in flirting with women, neglected wives in general, on behalf of their menfolk. It's the role of a lifetime for Hughie until he decides to adopt his professional flirting techniques into his personal life as well. That's when things rapidly go haywire, with some delicious and fun consequences.
From reading the synopsis on Amazon and other sources online, I had formed quite a different image of this novel, a sort of sexual treasure hunt. Turns out this story is a little different, much better and vastly more enjoyable. In fact it reminded me irresistibly of the movie 'Love Actually' and even Agatha Christie's famous 'Murder on the Orient Express'. In both cases, there were numerous characters who had interesting and more importantly, complexly intersecting lives. Such is the case with The Flirt. While the characters themselves have no clue how they're affecting each other's lives, we as the readers get to sit back and watch the author quickly and expertly weave the various sub-plots, connecting them all via the central character of Hughie. Confusion and hilarity go hand in hand together with surprising revelations and leave in their wake a story that's lingers long in the memory.
More than the plotting, it was the characters who intrigued me. Leticia who refuses to Love and argues her way into it, Olivia who realizes life is not all about living within boundaries to Rose who literally catalogues her way into becoming an art sensation and many others. No is what they seem like or believe themselves to be. And yet in Tessaro skillful hands, they break the molds they've buried themselves in and emerge better persons for it, if not always happier.
Effervescent and entertaining, this novel will do great as a beach read and beyond.
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