November 13, 2010

Review: The Company of Fools by Annemarie Hartnett

Kate Doucette’s trying to get her life together. She’s working full time at Mike MacNab’s bar, going to school, and she just kicked out her Do-Nothing boyfriend. Things are looking up but with the construction going on in the bar, her money trouble's looming over her, and her personal life in the toilet, Kate’s on a ledge and Mike is there to talk her down. One night she wants more than a pep talk; Kate asks her charming and handsome boss to spend a weekend in bed with her.

What could be a bigger stress-reliever than two days of bedroom Olympics with a guy who’s as hot for her as she is for him? The only problem is that he wants more than a weekend and it seems like he wants to fix her life for her. She adores Mike, but the last thing she needs is another headache in the form of Mr. Fixit.

This was my first Annmarie Hartnett novel but it will definitely not be my last. The Company of Fools is a witty, funny and wonderful sexy read. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. Ms Hartnett took me completely by surprise with her incredible humour and the admirable sensuality she puts into her sex scenes. But lets start at the beginning.

Our heroine Kate is really something special. She's a young and open girl working in a bar besides trying to get her Master's degree. She's loving her job at the bar, her collegues are nice and she really enjoys the atmosphere, most of the time. But Kate knows she wants more in her life. She wants to reach her goals and she wants to do it on her own, no matter how hard it is. She loves her independance but she also loves to have fun, the dirty kind. *wink* I loved her humor and her wit. That one would be a great friend to have. It probably never gets boring with her.

And then we have Mike, the successful bar owner and lady killer.  He's an entertainer and adventurer  at heart- you really don't notice that he's already 40. People like to be around him, especially the women seem to flog around him as if he's made of chocolate and after reading a bit about him I can really understand that. *swoon* He isn't someone who just works, he's taking everything seriously and wants to excel at what he's doing. He seems to always want to evolve- to get better at what he does or start something new as soon as the old thing is working on it's own. He's also a fixer and he wants to make every thing right for the people he cares about- including Kate. But as you can imagine she doesn't take it lightly to be "fixed".

When Kate decides to change their relationship from boss-employee to friends with benefits she didn't see what she stumbles into. She was sure that he would be  a good lay but never in her life would she have imagined what she got and belive me I didn't either. That guy has, as he stated himself in this book, way better toys than she has. Just WOW and O_O, but in a good way.  They seemed perfect for each other : they actually really like each other, had great convos, made each other smile and they fit each other perfectly in bed.

But both are really temperamental and mostly speak before they start to think. I really like that because I can be like that from time to time with BF too. They just stumbeled from one discussion into the next and it really broke my heart to see them driven apart by their own stubborness.

The Company of Fools is such a wonderful read. I loved the characters, the pace was perfect and the sex was intoxicating. I don't think I can say one bad thing about it- this novel is an absolute keeper. Ms Hartnett is definitely an author I will keep my eyes open for- I'm already craving more.

To learn more about Annemarie and her books please visit her website here.

And be sure to come back on Monday November 29th because I will be interviewing her and she already told me there will be a giveaway. *g*

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Blodeuedd November 13, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Great review as always Susi :)

pattepoilue November 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

This is a fantastic review hon. You already know that you've sold it for me. I know you loved this book 100%. It sounds amazing. Ahhhh you are such a tease!!! lol

SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} November 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

@Blodeuedd Thanks sweety. =)

@pattepoilue *g* you wouldn't reagret it and it's a fast read. And it was soooooo good. You would love it. *g*

Lea November 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

Wonderful review Susi!

You made me want to read this one, I wish I had more time..

Thanks for sharing..;)

SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} November 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

@Lea I know how you feel. ((hugs)) Thanks for coming over sweety.

Julia Barrett November 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

Great review! I can't wait to check this out! Thanks, Susi!

SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} November 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

@Julia This is totally your kind of humor. I know you would love it. *g* Thanks for stopping by sweety.

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