An offer you can’t refuse * Jill Mansell

I picked this book up as part of a three book print-out for Reader’s Digest (you know when you want to read a book from a collection and you end up buying the dregs too)?

I wasn’t sure if this was a terrible book or not, but the synopsis was predicting a B- experience.

Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie’s snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him. Then she discovers a secret that makes her think again. Dougie would probably have broken up with her in the long run, and this way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world. Ten years later, though, when Lola meets Dougie again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever. But she broke Dougie’s heart – and he’s about to discover that she was paid to do it. Lola’s very attractive and very persuasive – but she’s got her work cut out if she wants to win him back.


I was sure this was going to be a B– book but I thought I’d give it a go to see if it goes all the way down to C or if it has any redeeming qualities.

The “secret” that she discovers is that her step dad had accrued some massive gambling debt and is planning on silently leaving her mother. It all happened literally the same day that boyfriend’s mom came up with the money offer to ensure that her son has a future away from what she thought was a skank. Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover and Lola is actually a book nerd who prefers to dress in short skirts and belly button-showing outfits.

She decides to take the money to bail her dad out and even negotiates up by 2 grand as the sum he owed was 15k not 10k. He pays off his debts, Lola goes away with her friend to Majorca and breaks it off with the rich boy.

Years later, she saves a woman from being mugged who is no other than her ex’s mom and they all get together at a party. Lola is all grown up, manages a book shop in London and has a hefty inheritance from her step dad who sold his business for profit.

So, the power balance has changed and when you would be expecting some amazing seduction, you get bombarded with banality. The Doug story line seems to take a second seat and we get to meet Doug’s sister Sally, her apartment hunt, their shenanigans in trying to obtain the apartment next door by boiling cabbage and acting obnoxious, Lola’s mother dating life and a lot of other shit.

I lost the little interest I had and started skimming through the pages. Nothing about Doug for about 50 pages. More about life in London, the dangers of dating unsuitable men and Lola’s inner thoughts.

I was bored out of my mind and all I could see were more characters coming into play.

“I Won’t give him up though. When you know two people would be perfect together, if one of them could just forgive the other for some silly mistake they made years ago, you have to persevere”, Lola said innocently. “Don’t you think?”

tenor.gifI couldn’t wait to put the book down. 149 pages later, the conclusion finally appears and her and Dougie get intimate in a bookshop.

C-, charity pile.

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