Friday, February 28, 2014

Review ~ ALL ABOUT CHARMING ALICE by J. Arlene Culiner

Alice Treemont has given up hope of meeting the right man and falling in love. Living in depopulated Blake’s Folly, a quirky community of rusting cars, old trailers, clapboard shacks and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests? Certainly not Jace Constant whose life in Chicago includes elegant women, fine dining and contemporary art.
Jace has come to Nevada to research the new book he’s writing, but he won’t be staying; as far as he’s concerned, Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, dog hair on his cashmere sweaters and by desert bleakness. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them: they terrify him.
So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? That she’s as fascinated by him as he is by her? That they know their feelings go deeper than raw desire? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it starts: Jace won’t be around for long, and Alice wants to avoid the heartbreak of a short fling.
In need of some juicy romantic gossip, the other 52 residents of Blake's Folly have decided Alice has been alone for long enough. The attraction between her and Jace is obvious to everyone, so why worry about essential differences? If you trust in love, solutions do appear. But don’t those solutions call for too many compromises, too much self-sacrifice?


Alice Tremont is a herpetologist who loves snakes, studies them, takes pictures of them and protects them on her property where she lives in Blake's Folly, Nevada.  She also takes care of unwanted dogs.  Jace Constant is a writer from Chicago.  He's a socialite, art type of person that enjoys the finer things in life, until he finds himself in a situation that brings him to Alice Tremont's door.  
Jace is doing the right thing, yet Alice doesn't believe a word he's telling her about the dog he found.  Jace leaves, leaving the dog with Alice.  To her surprise, Jace returns and rents a room in her home.  Sparks begin to fly between them, until she tells him she is involved with Brad Mace the rancher.  Well, that's after he tells her there's a women in Chicago, but there's still an attraction and they won't act on it.  Jace doesn't believe her until he meets the other man.  Jace knows Alice is lying and she comes clean.  This turns out to be a very sensual night for the two of them.
Their problem is Jace lives in Chicago.  Alice will never ask him to stay and vice versa.  So how can they make this work?
I thought this was a very sweet story.  Alice is very passionate about animals and the care of them.  I believe Jace also learned to appreciate them, once she showed him how.  If you love animals or are looking for a light romantic read, I would recommend reading this book.  The characters in this book are down to earth.
Rating: 4
Release Date: April 12, 2013
Book Length: 167 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Mona
Reading Format: Available only in eBook

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