Thursday 25 April 2013

Pink Slips and Glass Slippers by JP Hansen

Reviewed by Donna 3 Stars

Thanks to JP for providing a copy of this book for an honest review.
I did enjoy this book, but felt the pace was really slow in the first half, I kept looking at the % on my kindle and couldn’t believe that I had only read 50% when it felt like I had been reading forever!
The characters in this book were fab, especially Brooke, she was such a strong woman, she had been through so much in life. Her mother died in child birth and she was raised by her dad who absolutely idolised her and tried hard to be both mum and dad. She fell in love at school with Tanner and after university they married and she fell pregnant, at the same time Tanner fell ill with a rare form of Leukaemia and Brooke lost the baby at 6 months..this was too much for Tanner to bear and he committed suicide..he knew that he only had months to live and did not want to prolong the agony and the miscarriage was the straw that broke the camels back. Brooke was left distraught and has never been able to recover from Tanners suicide.
She has a life coach called Shane, the way this character is incorporated into the book is brilliant, he is never there in person but because of all the phonecalls and emails you actually feel like you know him…novel idea!
Brooke worked for a company called Gensense and they were working on a cure for Leukaemia and were near getting the approval needed for rolling it out, the company was taken over by Pharmical and Brooke had to relocate to the new offices. There she meets her new boss Chase Allman, they both had a bit of instalust going on but did not act upon it due to strict no frat policy at work. Also Brooke thought that Chase was married as he always wore a wedding ring.
Chase was adorable if not misunderstood, however much of this is his own doing. He has a 3 year old son, his wife deserted them after a bout of post natal depression and becoming addicted to whatever pills she could get her hands on. Chase had paid for her to attend rehab but she broke out and went AWOL for years. He had been trying to find her with the use of a private investigator but had no luck until recently, he needed to get the divorce papers served once he found out she was living with a drug dealer and was still a user. Chase felt that he needed to keep up the pretense that he was happily married for his status as CEO of Pharmical so as far as everyone was aware he was happily married Chase. I am not sure if this is the case in the US as I am in the UK but I would hope that a board of directors does not hold that much weight that a CEO would be afraid to admit that his home life was less than perfect.
I would have liked to have seen a bit more meat on Chase, his character was a bit empty, for a big CEO type I would have liked to get to know him rather than just what he did everyday..little glimpses were shown throughout the book but I could not really relate to him as a person. I felt the book centered a bit too much around Brooke and her past, I think that some of this could have been reduced without detracting too much from the story.
As the book progresses so does Chase and Brooke’s attraction until they get it on one night..must admit the love scenes did not really do it for me in this book, I did get a feel but not an emotional feel. The following Monday the board decide Brooke is surplus to requirements and she is fired..then follows a whole load of miscommunication, lack of communication and just a “for gods sake what are you two doing kinda moment…just get together and TALK!!!!) episode.
There are plot changes involving Chase’s little boy and his soon to be ex-wife, the nanny, the board and a fun trip to Disneyland, this is where the book picks up the pace and becomes an easy read.
Enjoyed the plot and did really like the book but it wasn’t a love love love it for me.
I would read more from this author.

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