The Flirt ****** Kathleen Tessaro What do a bunch of professional playboys (pardon, flirts), a down-on-her- luck waitress, a lascivious lingerie designer, an ambitious plumber, an intimidated socialite, a desperate mother of four, a tough gardener with a sensitive side, a wealthy bully and a disillusioned lawyer have in common?  Honestly, not much. However if you give them the opportunity to get acquainted please rest assured that those interactions will lead to some very bizarre occurrences and some even more bizarre couplings. This novel is not a typical chick lit concoction where you usually have the main Heroine (sometimes two or three of them) surrounded by secondary characters mostly serving as background. The Flirt can be described as more of an ensemble book, consisting of numerous interlocking vignettes. At first the featured episodes seem to be completely unrelated and I found it hard to guess where the author was going with it. But as the paths of the protagonists cross unexpectedly, the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together in a very clever, albeit silly way. The lack of an actual storyline makes it a little challenging to read at times, because you may feel deprived of seeing the big picture, of rooting for someone to achieve something that they obviously set out to do one way or another. At least that is the assumption that normally comes to mind after the first few chapters. Here the different plots are sustained by means of the protagonists interacting with one another based on chance encounters. Of course this approach can also be perceived as an advantage, because the lack of cookie-cutter predictability or any kind of pattern is the very thing that makes this novel intriguing. Unfortunately, however, the protagonists (both male and female) are rather devoid of any kind of depth and as a result it’s difficult to take such one-dimensional characters seriously. Despite being quite charming and funny, those flat personas fail to inspire any emotional involvement from the reader. Even though I was mildly curious to find out what would happen next and how the seemingly unrelated events would eventually connect together, I did not really care about the fate of those figures all that much. Nonetheless I would not deny that I found The Flirt quite entertaining and experienced a few delightful laugh-out-loud moments. Some scenes managed to achieve an extremely comical vibe, one comparable to those from a farce play and reminiscent of the early Wendy Holden books. To sum up I would say that this is not one of those novels where I would ditch everything just to be able to run back home and breathlessly resume devouring it. But it is definitely amusing and pleasant enough to justify giving it a chance. I would recommend it for a time in your life when your brain is in overload and you want something really easy-going to relax your mind. This should do the trick nicely!
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The Flirt ****** Kathleen Tessaro What do a bunch of professional playboys (pardon, flirts), a down-on- her-luck waitress, a lascivious lingerie designer, an ambitious plumber, an intimidated socialite, a desperate mother of four, a tough gardener with a sensitive side, a wealthy bully and a disillusioned lawyer have in common?  Honestly, not much. However if you give them the opportunity to get acquainted please rest assured that those interactions will lead to some very bizarre occurrences and some even more bizarre couplings. This novel is not a typical chick lit concoction where you usually have the main Heroine (sometimes two or three of them) surrounded by secondary characters mostly serving as background. The Flirt  can be described as more of an ensemble book, consisting of numerous interlocking vignettes. At first the featured episodes seem to be completely unrelated and I found it hard to guess where the author was going with it. But as the paths of the protagonists cross unexpectedly, the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together in a very clever, albeit silly way. The lack of an actual storyline makes it a little challenging to read at times, because you may feel deprived of seeing the big picture, of rooting for someone to achieve something that they obviously set out to do one way or another. At least that is the assumption that normally comes to mind after the first few chapters. Here the different plots are sustained by means of the protagonists interacting with one another based on chance encounters. Of course this approach can also be perceived as an advantage, because the lack of cookie-cutter predictability or any kind of pattern is the very thing that makes this novel intriguing. Unfortunately, however, the protagonists (both male and female) are rather devoid of any kind of depth and as a result it’s difficult to take such one- dimensional characters seriously. Despite being quite charming and funny, those flat personas fail to inspire any emotional involvement from the reader. Even though I was mildly curious to find out what would happen next and how the seemingly unrelated events would eventually connect together, I did not really care about the fate of those figures all that much. Nonetheless I would not deny that I found The Flirt quite entertaining and experienced a few delightful laugh-out-loud moments. Some scenes managed to achieve an extremely comical vibe, one comparable to those from a farce play and reminiscent of the early Wendy Holden books. To sum up I would say that this is not one of those novels where I would ditch everything just to be able to run back home and breathlessly resume devouring it. But it is definitely amusing and pleasant enough to justify giving it a chance. I would recommend it for a time in your life when your brain is in overload and you want something really easy-going to relax your mind. This should do the trick nicely!
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