Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
I’m not gonna lie. I love this book. Mine doesn’t seem to be a popular opinion when I look it up on the blogs, but J. T. Wilder is just … swoonable. He’s just so … manly. And no flowerly dialogue, thank god. (Also, I learned a new word: clusterfuck.) I wish we had more men like him in romance.
It took me ages to warm up to Lucy, however, and that’s unusual for a Crusie heroine. I found her slighty shrill and felt that she didn’t really change much during the book. Some of her scenes with Wilder were so melodramatic, I felt like rolling my eyes. Still, a bad Crusie heroine is far from a write-off, and I loved some of her conversations with the movie crew.
I also loved the tight writing–every scene here has a purpose, even though it got farcical at times. This isn’t your typical romance, and the “I love you” comes out of the blue. Best if they hadn’t included it–I just read through and ignored that bit. But this book is a keeper because of Wilder. As a result, I may have a teeny-weeny crush on Bob Mayer.
If you’re thinking of picking up a romance(ish) novel that a guy might like, try this one. Click here to read the first chapter.
Note: This post was originally published on November 16, 2007.
Where you can buy this book
AUSTRALIA: Dymocks | Ever After | Galaxy | Intrigue | Rendezvous | Romance Direct | Romantic Reflections | Siren | More (no online catalogue) Psst … where are these stores?
DIGITAL BOOKS: Dymocks | Amazon Kindle
WORLDWIDE: Amazon US | Amazon UK