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Really liked, though it was quite a bit lenghty. The characters' development was great and things were explained very thouroughly. The ending was cute, though a bit predictable. ( )
  msralways | Aug 19, 2014 |
Brilliant! how the main character evolved through out the years! ( )
  AbeerAyesh | Aug 3, 2014 |
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but this was not my favorite. I realize that part of the point is Francesca's transition from, well, who she was at the beginning to who she is at the end, but, honestly, there was so much in between stuff that I didn't really like that it was hard to keep reading. Part of it was just some things that were dated, which, I realize, there's really nothing that can be done about that. But there were some attitudes that made me think -- 'wow, we've come a long way,' and, 'thank goodness we've come a long way,' and then, 'we've come such a long way that I really don't enjoy reading about this so I'm not going to.'

As I've stated before, part of my rating system is how much I enjoyed reading a book. The un-put-down-able factor, so to speak. And this probably would have ranked a little higher since, despite what I said above, I actually did start to get into it. But then I hit chapter 12 and I started to look ahead to see what was coming up. (I have a thing about not stopping right before or after chapter 13 [don't ask] and needed to see if it was worth staying up another hour to get through chapters 12, 13, and 14, and it was then that I stumbled upon the nature of the relationship between Dallie and Holly Grace. And although it actually made my heart warm for Dallie in a way it hadn't up until that point, it was something that I just can't deal with in my HEAs. And then I looked a little further and saw how the relationship progresses between Dallie and Francesca, and although the end was what I wanted, it sure took a long and painful time to get there. Too long and painful for me to want to keep going what with everything in between.

So I lightly skimmed the rest and I'll look forward to seeing them in the later books of the series, but I probably won't come back to it to read it in detail.

With that said, I have to comment that I really enjoyed the Dallie/Skeet scenes. That almost made me keep going just by itself. ( )
  jendoyle2000 | Feb 10, 2014 |
I would rate this 2.5 stars at the most. I'm really sorry, SEP. I still love you. Hope you won't hate me.

Maybe it's my cynical side dominating, but "true love" like Francesca and Dallie's is just...a fantasy. I know that romances like SEP's are meant to be a culmination of a woman's fantasies, and meant to be indulged in. I guess this week just was not the week to read a romance. Not even this month.

Francesca was born rich and beautiful, and raised to believe that all you needed in life was to remain beautiful. But all it's done is cause her trouble. She doesn't understand the concept of real life, so when she suddenly becomes a pauper, she has no idea how to go on. Conned into starring in a cheap vampire movie, she lands in America, where, after walking out on her shooting, she meets Dallie on the road. The two don't like each other, but the physical attraction is undeniable.

[I'll have to expand on the plot later]

In short, though, there were lots of storylines, and jumping POVs, some of which we could have done without. SEP has created this perfect world with flawed characters, which I should have loved, except I'm such a Scrooge nowadays. It was too perfect. Or maybe I just didn't want to read a love story involving a lot of gorgeous people. It's like the only people who can have such happy endings are the good-looking ones. Now isn't that a blow to me.

It could have been better without all those sub plots. Only at the end did I really feel giddy with all the fluff, and actually laugh at their antics. Having read a lot of SEP, I get the feeling that she writes better with every new book, and Fancy Pants is one of her earlier works. She really gets better and funnier as time goes by. SO if you're reading this, and haven't read SEP yet, do try [b:Breathing Room|373607|Breathing Room|Susan Elizabeth Phillips|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1329101171s/373607.jpg|1434730], or [b:Match Me If You Can|73089|Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6)|Susan Elizabeth Phillips|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327154923s/73089.jpg|2617385] or [b:Natural Born Charmer|73064|Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars, #7)|Susan Elizabeth Phillips|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1308742575s/73064.jpg|1615880] or my personal favorite : [b:Ain't She Sweet|373606|Ain't She Sweet|Susan Elizabeth Phillips|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348293825s/373606.jpg|2538]. ( )
1 vote qquiet | Apr 2, 2013 |
This was not exactly what I expected - more sprawling historically (it covers the 1930s to the 1980s) and not structured at all like your typical contemporary romance. I also didn't much care for most of the characters most of the time. I did like some of the humor though and the second half of the book got significantly better. Definitely not my favorite of Phillips' books though. ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me... - Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus"
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"Sable sucks," Francesca Serritella Day muttered under her breath as a series of strobes flashed in her face.
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THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE....

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...
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THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE....

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...

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British bauble Francesca didn't mean to break so many hearts, but if you're beautiful, rich and spoiled rotten these things happen. Then Dallas, the Lone Star State's last genuine grade-A male, takes the wrong turn and runs smack into her. Caviar and beer, lace and leather... and falling head over heels in love...… (more)

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