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Method Man by Naomi Neale

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The Method Man cover art Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Method Man
Author: Naomi Neale
Publisher: Dorchester
ISBN: 0-505-52697-2
Release Date: February 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current/New York
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Naomi's Website: www.naomineale.com/Welcome.html


Becca Egan had her life under control. She was working at a bookstore with antique books, which she loved. She was married to Sean, who she loved. Or did she? She had to ask herself that question after Sean left her to marry the bossís daughter. Once she began to see Sean in his true light, she really began to question herself.

This led to a bit of soul searching because how could she go back out into the world and not pick another loser. After all, she was getting older and would soon be going to 30-something crowd. Her friends were a strange bunch to say the least and of no help whatsoever. Sarah, her best friend, also happened to be her boss.

Sarah had taken over the bookstore after her fatherís death and was having a mid-life crisis of her own. There was her sister, Alice, who seemed to want to hook her up with the worldís most boring man. Okay, he was good looking but every word coming out of his mouth was either above her head or just down right boring. Then, there was Portia. Portia was a daytime radio talk show host. Now it didnít seem to bother Portia that her guests really didnít enjoy her and her audience was laughing at her. Portia was just too into Portia to truly be of help.

Becca finds herself turning to some one least expected for help. Well, actually two someones. Ethan works with her at the bookstore and they share their love of books. They have worked together for over a year and she is discovering he is a good friend. While her girl friends donít seem to be listening to her, Ethan does. The most unexpected help, however, comes from Portiaís brother, AJ.

AJ is a womanizer extraordinaire and has developed "The Method" to use on women. While she canít figure out if she likes him, Becca does find he is drawing her out of shell and getting her try new things. This is never truer than when she loses a bet to him and has to become his "wingman" as he demonstrates "The Method."

Naomi Neale has created a rather interesting first step back into dating for a divorced woman. Becca has to pick up many pieces Ė everything ranging from getting her self-esteem back in order after her husbandís cheating to standing up for what her own heart wants and not others around her. It is easy to get sucked into the should haves in life and Becca has to learn to stand on her own feet, figure out what she wants, and then go for it.

I found the premise to be really clever and fresh but I also found the book a bit tough to get into. It is very fast paced and has some great characters. This both helps and hampers the book just a bit. It takes about three chapters to really grab hold of it in your imagination and then it will carry you along.

Lori

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