Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Don't Want To Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell

Title: Don't Want To Miss a Thing
Author: Jill Mansell
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780755355891
Genre: Chick lit
First Published: January 2013
Buy It: Bookdepository

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbours. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets...and about himself.

When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure what to think about Dex, the handsome playboy who has girls fighting over him. But when he went to visit his sister and her new baby in the hospital, I already melted a little. But after  disaster struck, and his sister died, leaving Delphi for Dex to take care of, I started to like Dex more and more. It's not easy to leave your normal life behind to be a dad when you know nothing about babies. 

Thankfully, his new neighbor Molly is there to help him. She's very sweet and funny. I almost felt sorry for her when she was dancing to YMCA and Dex was looking through the window, but it was too hilarious. Speaking about hilarious, this book is filled with moments that make you laugh, that's the power of Jill Mansell. I also love how she is able to intertwine all those storylines and not make it too confusing. Normally I'm not a fan of books that have that many storylines, but in Don't Want To Miss a Thing it's all perfectly done.

Of course you know from the start how it's going to end between Dex and Molly, but that doesn't make the book any less likeable. It does have some unexpected twists concerning the other characters which males the book even more entertaining. I'm giving it 4,5 stars. Already looking forward to Mansell's next book!

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