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3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  2,757 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Tout les sépare : milieu, fortune, ambitions. Tessa ne jure que par la peinture ; Ross est un play-boy à la réputation sulfureuse. Pourtant, il suffit d'une nuit de tendresse, et la passion se déchaîne... Mais des obstacles surgissent - entre autres, un bébé qui s'annonce, histoire de simplifier les choses ! D'amour en déceptions, de fuites en retours éperdus, de trahisons ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Published 2008 by J'ai Lu (first published 1991)
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May 12, 2007 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Large cracks have appeared on the surface on the earth - this is a British chick book I could actually read to the end. (Trust me, there's a very tall stack of them in the corner of the living room that I couldn't get past the jacket blurb.) It's a mindless romance w/multiple plotlines, but sadly, no smut - Jill Mansell is apparently a good and proper Brit. There's a touch of humor to this quick read, and of course, everyone is happy and headed for marraige at the end (but only after a spate of ...more
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it was ok, but not good enough to make me read it to the end.
Apr 22, 2009 Lissa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Kelly
Sep 24, 2009 A.C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Personally "chicklits" are not usually my cup of tea, unless written by Jill Mansell. Her stories are funny, sharp and normally a good read. Her characters are likable normal people who find themself in somewhat absurd situations which are larger than life and quit funny.

And Solo was no exception, but why my fairly low rating? Because I found 2 third of the book a bit boring. It did not catch me at all. All the ingredients where there. Plus a very good heroin (painter Tessa) but I did not care
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Oct 18, 2010 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is awful. Super rich guy and poor struggling artist from disadvantaged single parent home... blah blah. This is trite, clichéd pathetic and TEDIOUS. There is NO chemistry. The book makes fairytales like Cinderella sound realistic. Its utterly ghastly.

if the "hero" wants to really show he's committed to being a husband and father (or at least hoping to make a good impression as a husband let alone father) than he needs to have more than money and good looks. He acts like an idiot. And other
Jill Mansell is my go-to author when I want something fun, light and solid. It's never a five-star book, but I always enjoy them, they have fun characters and they make me laugh. It's almost a guarantee. This Mansell book doesn't have any of those elements. It's my least favorite so far. I really had to wrestle my way through the book. First of all I didn't sympathize with the leading character Tessa, couldn't relate to her on any level. She was very one-dimensional and normally they will become ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Miyulin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
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The summary is given above, so I'll just give my initial responses to "Solo." This book contains many characters and was kind of a strange read for me because all of their lives were intertwined in some way, which was a little too unrealistic for me. The book doesn't really develop any of the characters, except the Hero, to my satisfaction because there are so many side stories going on. Overall the book was an ok read. I didn't really enjoy how much the Hero "Cheated" even though it never quite ...more
Rystal :)
Sep 15, 2011 Rystal :) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I LOVED THIS BOOK! i think that this is one of Jill mansell's best books. I loved all of the characters in this story and the story had me thinking and wondering about what would happen in the end of the book and whether it would be a happy ending!!! A FANTASTIC READ!!!
Apr 08, 2012 Stardancer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 18, 2014 Exina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Solo is an awful story, totally a waste of time and money.

Irritating, infantile, TSTL 'heroine' ((view spoiler)), annoying, clichéd 'hero', nonsensical storyline.

Not recommended.
Jun 14, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Jill Mansell has such a wonderfully irreverent writing style that she sucks me right in every time! Tessa and Holly are total opposites but are still best friends. Tessa's mum worked as a maid for Holly's very wealthy parents. She is a struggling,down to earth, extremely talented artist. Holly,bored, gets a job as a receptionist at the exclusive hotel owned by Ross and Max Monahan.In her spare time, she buys garish make-up and tasteless clothing, and ends up looking clownish desp ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was adorable...a typical Jill Mansell, my only issue was that it dragged on a bit so I did find myself getting impatient for the end but it was worth the wait!
Suad Shamma
May 11, 2014 Suad Shamma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014
Ugh! Ugh, ugh, UGH!!

I cannot begin to review this book, I just can't. I am so DONE and OVER with Jill Mansell. What is wrong with you? What kind of sad, pathetic life have you led to make you come up with such disgusting drivel?

I could not have thought her books could get any worse, but oh my God, they could. They really could. I wish there was a 0 star rating I could give this book to appease my anger and loathing for it. How can ANYONE think this was worth 5 stars?

The characters are an embarr
I can't complain that this was predictable because having read the blurb on the back it was very obvious where it was going to end up. It just took way too long and far too many 'nearly theres' to get there. By the time everyone did end up with their OTL at the end, I was past caring. Not one of her best I'm afraid. Her other book covering a similar plot - 'A walk in the Park' - was so much better.
Apr 09, 2013 Nik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, own
Let me tell you before hand that I love Jill Mansell's books as my reviews serve testimony. They provide exactly what I crave - a light quick and enjoyable read and sometimes even tend to surprise me.

Reading the blurb I knew exactly what I was getting into - A story about a rich handsome playboy who falls in love with a free spirited independent girl as they play cat and mouse and all this ultimately leads to the happily ever after

And that is precisely what this book was.

But alas! in no way
Apr 14, 2013 ~☆laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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May 25, 2013 Candice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of Mansell's books and really really loved them. But this was bad. It was way smuttier then her usual reliable fun style which I was very disappointed with.

I found it a little repetitive and their was so much adultery it's a wonder there wasn't a murder. And the one relationship I liked (matties) he dies!!!! Oh & no one ever finds out how evil Antonia pretty much killed her husband by hurling abuse (& items) at him!

I would not admit to reading this book. And the ending se
Jul 03, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of chick-lit, women's fiction, romance type book, but I did quite enjoy this one. Not the thing I would have picked for myself, I rescued it from my sister's bookshelf when she started discussing getting rid of them. Sacrilage!!

Tessa Duvall is a struggling artist who hates parties, but is dragged along to one by her best friend, Holly, who has a crush on the host, Max Monaghan. But it's Ross Monaghan that Tessa meets and, despite knowing he's an unfaithful,
Jill Mansell often has multiple characters in her books who are all connected in some way. Usually it works but with this novel it just felt too much. If it had been a little more streamlined then I would have rated the book higher.

EDIT: I also think the story (as well as character development) could have been improved if Ross had had the sense to give Antonia her marching orders sooner. Having her move abroad was just too convenient. If we are to believe that Ross could commit to Tssa then sur
Sep 06, 2014 Sahar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-romance
I literally read 19 pages before I got annoyed with both leads. Ross because he referred to Tessa as 'not like other girls' who wear so and so, too much make-up/perfume when really he should shut the fuck up because there is nothing wrong with other women. And I found it absolutely ridiculous that he's head over heals over this chick because she wasn't into his 'charms'. And Tessa! Oh my god what a typical stereotype of a white, middle class, plain-but-not-really and absolutely judgemental chara ...more
Chelsea Nicole
I feel as though it took me forever and a day to finish this book. It was so completely boring and horribly cliched. But what really got me was the amount of characters in here. Perspectives told from several different point of views get exhausting- fast.
There's not much to say about this one. Except for two things. One, English people are generally okay with smoking in close proximity to children. Not okay. Two, the way the men in this book treated women, or even the things they thought but did
Mar 05, 2015 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It has to be one of my favourites from JM. Right to the very end, I really didn't know who was going to end up with whom, if at all. Good guys and bag guys were bumped off along the way which was pretty surprising, as was the promiscuity of the main male characters. But true love prevailed and suddenly it was all wrapped up and finished - and I wanted it to go on. A sure sign of a good novel!
Nov 23, 2015 T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2016 Tine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ik hou wel eens van wat chicklit van tijd tot tijd, maar deze is toch iets te veel chick en iets te weinig lit, als je 't mij vraagt. Ik las al wel eerder boeken van Jill Mansell, dus ik wist dat ik een liefdesgeschiedenis mocht verwacht die na de nodige ups en downs natuurlijk toch goed afloopt, maar dit verhaal werd bij momenten toch wel té ongeloofwaardig. Maar bon, ik zette door en las het uit, and they lived happily ever after :-)
Gemma Birkett
Mar 30, 2016 Gemma Birkett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For being a chick lit, this had much more substance to the plot than I am usually used to. There was so much more than the standard boy meets girl storyline that I am used to with this genre.

I felt it lost its way slightly in the middle of the book and the pace slowed right down, saying this I still always felt the need and desire to pick this book back up and find out what was going to happen next.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another Jill Mansell.
Stephen Walton
After reading An offer you can't refuse and giving it a 5* rating I rushed out and bought 3 more of Jill Mansells books. Mmmmm I'm sorry I didn't leave this one to read last, then again I've still to read the other two. This was a book that really turned me off to the wanton "men whores" that obviously parade in this world . I know it's only a story but ideas have to come from somewhere !! This book describes the utter stupidity of men who treat women like bicycles and women who get " laid" for ...more
Maggie'may Reinders

Writing style:4 stars
Story:3 stars
Flow of the story:2 stars
Character development:2 stars
Heroine:3 stars
Hero:2 stars
Secondary characters:3 stars
Tone/mood of the book:2 stars
Emotion evoking:2 stars
Originality:3 stars
Enjoyment:3 stars
Effect on me:2 stars
Oct 16, 2016 Wawa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jill Mansell delivers as expected. I know that whatever book of hers I pick, I always enjoy her writing. As per her technique, this novel was great featuring a myriad of characters, quirky and bright mostly determined and head strong. I was not disappointed but for a few plot points that saddened me. Read this in a day and had fun doing it too. She’s always good for a good chick lit purge when you’ve been going through withdrawal.
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

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