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Lucy Tyler and Henry Fox have been best friends since primary school. So when he enlists her help to embark on an image makeover, she and her friends Dominique and Erin approach the project with relish. As well as the haircut and fashion overhaul, there are master classes in flirting and seduction.
But none of the girls imagine at the start of Project Henry quite how successful it’s going to be. After a shaky start, Henry’s transformation from Lucy’s terminally single friend to an irresistible sex god takes on a life of its own. And Lucy isn’t at all sure she likes it.
It would help if her own dates were more promising. Only, between breaking someone’s arm during a YMCA routine and leaving another in casualty, courtesy of an errant chop stick, they’re anything but. With a romantic history like that, is it any wonder Lucy starts to despair when she finds herself living with the man of everyone else’s dreams?
This is the third book from Jane Costello and I could not wait to get my hands on it. Her previous books, Bridesmaids and Nearlyweds, were fabulous and I think I read both of them within the space of two days. This was no exception; I read this in less than twenty four hours.
Her characters, as usual, are really funny and likeable. I loved Henry, he sounds like the type of male best friend every girl would love. The lead girl, Lucy, is hilarious and the situations she gets herself into had me laughing out loud. Some of her dating disasters were brilliant and it made me like her even more because she wasn’t perfect. In some books the heroine tends to have perfect relationships and sometimes this puts me off, but in this book she didn’t and it appealed to me even more.
What I also loved about this book was Henry and Lucy’s relationship. They depend on each other a hell of a lot and I loved how close they were. She tells him all about her dating disasters and he sits there and listens like the dutiful friend, which made me like him even more (I know it’s wrong to have a crush on a fictional character, but I challenge you to read the book and not love him yourself!)
Costello also creates loveable characters in Lucy’s two best friends, Dominique and Erin. All three are so different yet complement each other in a great way, with Dominique being the crazy one and Erin being the laid back and sensible one.
Yet again Costello has written a brilliant story with great characters and an even better storyline. I highly recommend this book to people who are yet to discover Jane Costello, or who have already read her other two and loved them.
I give this a 9/10!