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review 2017-11-18 07:07
Not Interesting South Africa
The Wingman - Natasha Anders
Floored - Ainslie Paton

The Wingman is an eminently forgettable contemporary romance I picked up mostly because of its South African setting. I had this foreign language teacher who always said the best way to learn conversational chatter was to watch soaps: they tend to be real familial, familiar, and local. So I've enjoyed contemporary romances from other countries on this level: they give me a real interesting view of a country. I mean, of course it's stylized and perfected, but it can be unvarnished in a way you don't get in capital L Literature. I read like a half dozen novels by Ainslie Paton because she writes so winningly about Australia, and about the Pacific Rim more generally. Floored is a straight up road trip novel, and so much fun if you want to drive through a dozen shitty Australian towns. Which I do! 


Anyway, The Wingman is not that, not by half. There's a little chatter about how no one speaks Afrikaans, but then no one speaks Afrikaans. The main girl runs a clinic is the bad part of town (i.e. the black part of town) but pretty much the community exists to menace her with gangsters or rescue her from said gangsters. Everything is paint by numbers small town romance with requisite slut shaming and label dropping, but that kind of label dropping that pretends it isn't interested in status objects like those bitches over there. Sure, Becky. 

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review 2017-02-17 21:06
The Wingman - Natasha Anders

Arc Provided by Netgalley


DNF at 33%


If you want to read about blatant women on women hate, slut shaming, with a main character that seems to have been raised in a convent, this book's for you!

As for the guy, he's an idiot in a pretty package who at one moment thinks that the woman really should lose some weight.

As for what's her name, despite being a successful professional _ she's a vet _ she has no confidence in herself. She doesn't know what to do with her hair or how to dress. Oh, aren't you special, "little one"?*

It reminded me of Anastasia with "oh, make-up, what should I do with it?!" -_-

"Yes" let's reduce twenty first women to simple minded ninnies. That's hot!




*term later on used by another character. Because the whole thing wasn't condescending enough.

Not for me.

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text 2017-02-08 19:55
The Wingman - Natasha Anders

The woman is one gigantic doormat and the guy is basically a jerk in a pretty package.

I am this close to dnf it.

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review 2017-01-11 00:00
The Wingman
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review 2016-03-27 04:16
Good Story and Characters
A Ruthless Proposition - Natasha Anders

Cleopatra/Cleo’s boss was Dante Damason. Dante had hit red tape with the starting of construction on Dante’s new hotel in Tokyo. Cleo went with Dante to Tokyo as no one else could. Cleo had been working for Dante four months and she knew he didn’t feel she didn’t qualify  for the  job she had had messed up once when she was first hired but he never forgot  but didn’t fire her because Dante was friends with her brother Luc. So Dante worked with her as little as possible. Cleo ends up sleeping with Dante while they are in Tokyo and a few times once they are back in the states then they agree to end the affair. Cleo had  been a ballerina but after a bad injury can no longer dance. Then Cleo finds after they have ended things that she is pregnant by Dante he treats her even worse than before and fires her.

I loved this story but sure hated Dante’s character for the longest time. He was such an absolute butthole but things changed as the story goes on. I felt so bad for Cleo’s character but she did keep a                  backbone as well as she could considering her circumstances. I loved the characters except for Dante until near the end of the story. I liked Cleo and all the twists and turns she went through. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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