Engaging Men by Lynda Curnyn: a review

I had high hopes for this book, it looked funny from the cover and the blip on the back made me feel like I could kind of get into it. Once I started reading it though I realized it wasn’t my cup of tea.

There was no way I could relate to the main character Angie DiFranco. She is a 31 year old actor in NYC who is sad that her ex boyfriends are all getting married as are many of her friends.

I knew going into this that it would be a romance, but I was very disappointed by her insinuation that all women want to get married and that none of them would be happy about their decision to.

Angie ends up manipulating her current boyfriend of almost 2 years, with the advice of a former friend/current coworker. Kirk, the current boyfriend is a dedicated computer programmer from Massachusetts who is far more concerned with his career than his relationships, but luckily he is attractive and good on bed, which it turns out are his only redeeming qualities.

With the help of her BFFs, and hottie roommate Justin, Angie realizes that what she’s doing is probably not best for her future.

About halfway through this book I finally got interested in it. And we ended up with a pretty good story. The main character grows as a person, her friends and family become more interesting, and we see what happens when a creative free spirit actor who likes spending money tries to get engaged to an uptight budget minded workaholic who has dreams of becoming just like his racist, conservative, kind of crazy parents. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t end well.

Lucky for Angie, her hottie roommate breaks up with his long distance girlfriend and the story becomes more interesting. To bad it had to be in the last 20 pages because Justin was the only truly interesting character in the whole book.

Oh well, I should have known that it wasn’t going to be fantastic since it even says on the cover it’s “Sex and the City with more heart”

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One thought on “Engaging Men by Lynda Curnyn: a review

  1. That was a good review; I think it’s a shame when we find a book that looks interesting and then in the setup we discover we don’t really like the premise – that makes them hard for me to really get into them. The fact that you managed to get halfway through before you decided you might like it reminds me of the time I had a bottle of Gabbiano Chianti, my first bottle of dry wine.

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