By claudette
Sep 1, 2013 - 8:00:00 AM

JoJo might be an expert with the inside of a car, or going hunting with the guys, but she’s a novice at the man-woman dynamic.  So who does she trust but best friend Stern to help her do what it takes, to be more attractive to men.  Suddenly the best friends are no longer so comfortable with each other and are looking at each other in a whole new light.
  I am a huge fan of Ms. Jackson’s writing; she has a way with her characters that is just sumptuous. 

Stern Westmoreland, one of the brothers in Ms. Jackson’s popular Westmoreland clan, values his friendship with best friend JoJo as he does his relationship of his large, extended family.  Stern like most of the remaining single Westmoreland hunks, loves the ladies, but no woman can come between him and best friend JoJo.  From the way that JoJo is first mentioned, the reader might be surprised to learn that JoJo is female. That’s the difference with this novel.  While Stern is aware that JoJo is a girl, to him she is just one of the guys.  In his eyes, she isn’t in the same bracket as any other woman, and her gender is a non-consequential facet of his best friend.  JoJo can out-shoot, out-ride and out-hunt Stern; she also has a black belt in karate.  JoJo, who owns a garage, is also an excellent mechanic and Stern prefers her company to anyone else’s.  So when out of the blue JoJo starts behaving and worse, looking like a woman, and a disarmingly attractive one at that, Stern’s world is rocked on its axis.  

What I also love about Ms. Jackson’s novels is that she has an original take on an established trope such as that of best friends who become lovers. It is a lot of fun to see the two friends go from being completely comfortable in each other's company to floundering at the inclusion of sexual tension in their relationship.

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