Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Blonde Theory by Kristin Harmel

Title: The Blonde Theory
Author: Kristin Harmel
Harper Roberts is a corporate attorney in Manhattan.She’s smart, attractive, and funny. So why can’t she find a date? Men flock to her at parties when they think she’s a dumb blonde. But, as soon as they realize she’s a Harvard-educated lawyer, they flee.Harper’s best friend is a magazine editor who suggests Harper go on assignment for a month as a 'dumb blonde' and see if it changes her dating perspective. So, for two weeks, Harper goes undercover. She changes her wardrobe, her conversation, her body language. The result is a series of comical encounters.Soon, Harper must take a good look in the mirror and realize that it’s not just men who judge people on their looks.

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 Kala's Review:

Picked this one up from the library because I've read a few others by this author and thought they were decent.

What a mistake!

I despised this book!

The female lead (Harper) is a rich and powerful 35-year-old attorney. The book starts off with her boyfriend dumping her because she made partner at her law firm and he expected her to quit her job and pop out babies. Not sure how something like that could stay hidden for a year in a relationship, but okay.

After the boyfriend dumps her, she can't find another one. She dates, but everyone is scared away by her powerful profession and her wealth. She never makes it past 3-4 dates and she's pretty upset that she is in her mid-30's and alone.

Harper and her friends (three of them, so it makes a very Sex and the City-ish foursome) then come up with the great idea for her to dress like a slut and act stupid in order to attract more men (aka The Blonde Theory). So Harper starts wearing skin-tight red dresses instead of Armani suits and starts saying "Like" in between every word and suddenly she's getting tons of dates!

But of course, they aren't the kind of guy Harper wants (DUH). Who would have thought that pretending to be something you're not would attract guys that you don't want?

A sexy handyman enters the picture and she pretty much treats him like garbage the entire novel. At the end she realizes he's not so bad and despite her treating him like garbage, he asks her out and you THINK it's going to be a happily ever after...

But ...

NOPE! Can't have that!

Epilogue comes and Harper says she only dated him for 6 weeks, but they just weren't meant to be. So she's alone. Don't get me wrong, there are some situations where the heroine ending up alone is the best, but this one just rubbed me the wrong way. I was tricked in to believing we were getting a HEA, then it was grabbed away.

First, I find it really hard to believe that she would have that hard of a time finding a man. She's a gorgeous blonde and she's a lawyer. The author makes it seem like every single successful man wants a submissive stay at home wife. There are probably thousands (tens of thousands) of successful men in NYC who would have no problem dating a successful, hot female lawyer. It's just idiotic to me that the only guy who can accept Harper for her is a guy she's not even attracted to.

Second, the concept of Harper figuring out she wants a guy who likes her for her is great. I love it! But that epilogue was fucking stupid. Without the epilogue, we could still have had the same realization AND a happy ending AND it would have been a better story.

At this point, I'm just going to avoid this author in the future. I've read three of her books and none blew me away. The other two were kind of "meh" and this one is just terrible.

1 of 5 stars.

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