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REVIEW: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Jennifer Skully

Dear Ms. Skully:

Cover image for Drop Dead GorgeousThe problem with ebooks and a reader like me who likes instant gratification is that sometimes I buy books on impulse without giving it much thought or research. In some cases (see letter to Ms Davis below) that works. In others, like yours, I just regret the whole time and money wasted sort of thing.

I am not quite sure what your book is about because I only made it to the end of chapter 3. It was a struggle to even make it that far but I figured as a first time author for me, you deserved an effort of at least 3 chapters. ┬áLet me enumerate all the things I didn’t like in the first three chapters:

Your heroine is irritating. Any heroine who is the basis for the energizer bunny commercials has a real hurdle to overcome in the likeability department. She is irritating from the top of her “splendid but unruly curls (your description, not mine) to the tips of her “bright, red-nailed fingers” which she uses to make “double quotes”. She is supposed to be so nice that she never says anything unless it is nice, but she has nicknames for everyone. For example, she calls one of the female accountants: Chicken Little and Harriet the Harridan. Those are exceptionally nice nicknames, aren’t they?

Her snorts are “infection as her laughter.” In an effort to be helpful, Madison flushes Harriet the Harridan’s engagement ring down the toilet to prove to Harriet what a jerk her fiance is. That is a classy classy move, particularly when Harriet’s ex-fiance takes her to small claims court.

I guess I don’t really need to enumerate any other flaws because the heroine is such an awful character that I cannot read on.

Best regards,


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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Maili
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 11:44:30

    Oooh. That is the problem I had with her first book, IIRC.

  2. Jay
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 17:55:16

    I’m still not that far into it – I think I only hit chapter 3 this afternoon – but yeah, the heroine is a bit too perky for me. I’m not giving up yet, but it might not be long.

  3. Jayne
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 18:13:53

    Ooooh, the villainess of “What I Really Want to Do is Direct” did the “air quote” thing which drove everyone else on the movie set crazy. Come to think of it, it drives me crazy whenever someone does it around me. I think I would hate this heroine for that alone.

  4. asd
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 12:15:08

    this book was ok

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