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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Review - Facing Facts by Helen Ravell
Title: Facing Facts
Author: Helen Ravell
Publisher: Champagne Books
Buy Link: Facing Facts
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Gemma Brown has always been a little outspoken, nothing wrong with that of course. So when she just happens to voice her opinion of the new CEO, Nick Matheson, in his hearing, it’s not all bad, is it? Well, not exactly. Facing Facts by Helen Ravell starts out from the first paragraph with laughter and continues along the same vein to the reader’s profound enjoyment. Gemma has good intentions, but as we discover more than a few issues with her follow through. Luckily for Gemma Nick by opposite, is very professional and decides to take her comments under advisement and to use her talents – business-wise, to help with his current project. At least that is the initial plan as both Gemma and Nick fight both tooth and nail to keep their relationship strictly business. Both main characters struggle along trying to ignore those “other” feelings, managing to fool only each other and entertaining their friends and co-workers the entire time. As we know, life seldom follows our needs or desires, which in this instance leads to a truly wonderful romance.
Ms. Ravell is a fantastic storyteller: I giggled, I laughed, and I chuckled my way through the entire book. I loved Gemma’s adventurous spirit and her most endearing trait that pseudo-paranoid need to over analyze every situation. Luckily, she has her best friend Suze there as a calming influence, and occasional catalyst. Not that Gemma and Nick need a “catalyst” to incite the physical part of their relationship – can you say steamy? While not giving away too much of the story, things are not completely smooth sailing between the pair even though they are expert sailors. How could it be with two such strong-willed individuals? I thoroughly enjoyed Facing Facts and hope to read more from this author in the future; she has a unique style and a rare comedic timing that would lend itself well to almost any genre. I recommend this book to anyone looking to for a light-hearted break, you will not be disappointed.