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Flirtverdacht (2010)

by Jessica Brody(Favorite Author)
3.47 of 5 Votes: 1
3453407776 (ISBN13: 9783453407770)
Jennifer Hunter
review 1: Jennifer Hunter returns in the sequel to Jessica Brody’s first novel The Fidelity Files. Now running her own business, The Hawthorne Agency, Jennifer has a team of fidelity inspectors and has unofficially retired. She’s in a happy relationship with Jamie and it’s all going swimmingly – until a twelve-year-old girl walks into the office and asks Jennifer to fidelity test her father. Will Jennifer say yes? And if so, how will that affect her relationship with Jamie?I loved Jessica Brody’s debut novel The Fidelity Files – and that’s saying something because I rarely enjoy American chick-lit. I prefer my chick-lit to be British as I find American chick-lit authors make their heroines much more self-centered and they are, generally, quite annoying. However there a... morere a few exceptions: Emily Giffin (who I love) and now, it seems, Jessica Brody! The only thing that worried me about The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men was whether or not it would live up to how fabulous The Fidelity Files was.First off I thought the opening chapter was perfect. It was akin to a movie opening – it set the scene perfectly, flicking between first- and third-person describing why Jennifer was in the court room and exactly what happened during the fidelity test Jennifer was an expert-witness on. Bar the opening chapter, the rest of the novel was written in first-person from Jennifer’s perspective (like The Fidelity Files) which worked perfectly as Jennifer’s was the only perspective we needed the book to be from.I thought The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men carried on perfectly from The Fidelity Files, being set a year later, and I easily got into the novel. Jennifer was as great as ever, both in her (new) role as leader of 5 fidelity inspectors and also trying to juggle her home life. I liked that she tried to keep her work life and her personal life separate and applaud the fact she managed to do that most of the time. Jennifer hadn’t changed much in herself since the first book, bar retiring from doing fidelity inspections herself, so I still found her very likeable although I can’t say I could relate to her – she is a former fidelity inspector after all!The book is mainly about Jennifer but there are a few supporting characters to keep the book moving along. First off is Jennifer’s boyfriend Jamie, who I felt was under-used. I so wish he had been in more of the book but because of everything that happened I could see why he wasn’t. I liked that Jessica brought back John, Zoe and Sophie (Jennifer’s friends) and I liked all three of them. I admit, though, I knew exactly what it was Zoe was hiding (very obvious). I don’t remember Jennifer’s father being mentioned in the first book but it was nice anyway to have him in this one. He’s obviously an integral part of the story and is the predominant reason Jennifer is a fidelity inspector.That was all good but the question really was if The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men could live up to it’s predecessor The Fidelity Files and for me, it didn’t. It was an excellent read, yes, but there was a lot I disagreed with. I can’t believe how easy Jennifer lied to Jamie and I felt their relationship seemed doomed early on in the book. I knew, from the outset, Jennifer would undoubtedly go back to being a fidelity inspector and while I liked her in that role in the first book I preferred her being the leader of the pack in this one rather than doing it herself. I also thought it was blindingly obvious that Jamie and Jennifer’s relationship was going far too fast. Jennifer, in both books, did not come across as the type to let that happen and yet she did. It confused me as, for me, that seemed out of character. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed – I was glad Jennifer finally decided her life wasn’t what she wanted it to be but the changes she made all came incredibly quickly. Jessica said in an interview at the back of the book that after The Fidelity Files she didn’t feel Jennifer’s story was over and I think the same can be said for The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men. Yes there was a happy ending but there seems to be more that can come from this – I can’t even mention what it is without spoiling the ending so I’ll leave it at that.Overall it was an enjoyable enough book and is an incredibly easy book to whizz through but, for me, I don’t think it lived up to the greatness of The Fidelity Files. Jessica wrote such a great debut it was always going to be difficult for the sequel to live up to it. It is well worth a read, though, because I did enjoy it.
review 2: I didn't read the first book in this series so at first, I was wondering if that would somehow disrupt my way of reading. Forutnately, however, though the two books are related, you definitely don't need to read the first novel to understand this one.I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially with the idea of being a fidelity inspector. It was lots of fun to read how Jennifer and her co-workers would "seduce" men or women to make sure that they are loyal to their spouse. Though it was unsettling to see how many failed marriages there were and how surprised Jennifer was whenever she hears a rare result that the man/woman was actually loyal to their spouse, I thought this was a fun read.The ending was somehow predictable but I enjoyed how Jessica brought it to an end. And it was a happy ending, obviously, so all is good. :)The characters weren't as in-depth as characters I usually read usually are. However, I don't think they were supposed to be that in-depth anyway.I was able to relate Jennifer with her cynical view on marriages because I, too, am quite cynical about it. Even though my parents have always been together, I know how other families are like and have no confidence nor assurance that marriages will somehow last. Marriages have way too many difficulties and obstacles for me.Overall, Love Under Cover was a unique book about undercover fidelity inspectors. I highly recommend this novel even though it's not a YA but an Adult book. less
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Really good read. Intersting plot altogether--- sortof a blah ending..... but definitely worth it!
Very nice book with suspense and love related affairs that we can relate in real life.
This was good, but not nearly as good as the first book, The Fidelity Files.
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