How To Be the Perfect Girlfriend
By Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 24, 2003 - 5:47:00 AM

When Sara Lipton experiences yet another "who are you again?" wannabe-relationship disaster, she decides that a makeover is in order. And not just the normal hair and nails type, either, but an entire kit-and-caboodle, inner and outer beauty type makeover.

It’s a grand plan, until two things happen; first, she seeks advice from two of her closest girlfriends, Hayden and Missy. The fact that those two particular women mesh like oil and water is bad enough. Add to that the fact that they both have very different ideas on love and lust, and you’ve got a problem. Hayden, you see, is the infinitesimal sex goddess. She’s a career woman who sees what, or who, she wants, and has no problems going after it. Hayden’s big into loving, and then leaving, just about every available bachelor on the planet. Or at least in the city. Missy, on the other hand, is engaged and reveling in every single minute of wedding-planning, wife-planning, child-planning, and, to top it all off, happily-ever-after-planning. You can see where Sara might be getting some different opinions.

As if the conflicting advice of her friends isn’t bad enough, she then meets Simon Northrup. Mister Simon Northrup, who just so happens to be one of the Vice President’s of the company Sara works for. He’s everything she wants in man—charm, charisma, good looks, intelligence, a witty sense of humor, proper decorum, a bit of a roguish side, and, as an added benefit, one heck of a butt.

Simon, of course, is suffering from his own problems in the women department. He’s being maneuvered by two of them, one of which is his evil-tempered stepmother, Joanna, and the other one his teenaged half-sister, Kayla. But when he meets Sara Lipton, the doe-eyed payroll accountant who’s dealing with a troublesome copy machine, all thoughts of avoiding women like the plague fall by the wayside.

Ms. MacAllister has once again outdone herself. HOW TO BE THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND has it all, from laugh-out-loud humor to well sprung emotion in all the right places. Her dialogue is witty and punny, and the interactions of Sara with her friends is something that every woman, whether single or married, will be able to sympathize with.

Where as a lot of romance stories these days feature cookie-cutter heroes and heroines, Ms. MacAllister has written a book that details the lives of two less-than-perfect people trying to make their way in a less-than-perfect world. What she comes up with is a delightfully heartfelt story that you’ll definitely want to place on your keeper shelf.

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