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Solo

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  3,086 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend Holly to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early. For parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa and this one proved to be no exception - until she encountered Ross Monahan, whose wicked reputation was as high profile as ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published September 2nd 2002 by Headline Review (first published 1991)
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Nikhat Hetavkar
Mar 24, 2013 Nikhat Hetavkar rated it it was ok
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
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Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 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
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Stardancer
Apr 05, 2012 Stardancer rated it did not like it
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Exina
Apr 25, 2012 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.
Vox
Dec 26, 2016 Vox rated it liked it
When you read a Jill Mansell book, you know that you are in for some quirky characters who fall in and out of love, frequently sabotaging their own chances for love, and doing so with warmth and humor. You can see yourself in these people, and you cheer them on.

Solo, however, turns all of that on its head.

This is the first Jill Mansell novel I've read in which I resoundingly disliked every character I encountered. Not only did I not wish them well, I started rooting for them to suffer dire heart
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Michele
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

A reissue from 1991, Solo was a novel filled with enough drama and lust to put most soap operas to shame. But add in a few tender moments and some funny bits to balance out all the bed-hopping and you have something that is unique to Jill Mansell’s style of writing.

All right. So this was definitely a dramafest that, although quite amusing, might possibly be hit or miss with some readers based on the reviews I’ve seen for it. I think it helped that I’m familiar with Mansel
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Goddess Of Blah
Oct 18, 2010 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it
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
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Kellie
Nov 27, 2008 Kellie rated it it was amazing
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Anna
Aug 23, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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!
Gaele
3 stars – rounded from 2.5

Usually a book from Jill Mansell is a must-grab for me as her stories are full of humor and heart, often with multiple characters that are compelling and intriguing. I was hoping for the same in this bad boy makes good story.

Tessa is an artist, wholly different from her best friend Holly and completely unconcerned with the outward trappings of wealth, and not interested in a relationship. Holly is a bit more driven, focused, and completely convinced that Tessa needs a
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Gina
Mar 01, 2017 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It reads like one of those thick Malay romance novels. You'll know the ending before the story even begins, but it's the process of analyzing feelings and thoughts reflected in each character that makes this readable. We all know what it is like loving someone hard, not getting enough of them yet at times being totally upset with them, or unable to identify our feelings towards them. This is one novel that will lend you some words to that complicated feelings of love we all have in our life.
Kristy
Dec 15, 2016 Kristy rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
Tessa Duvall is an independent artist, who depends on no one but herself. It doesn't matter that she's barely scraping by: she has her pride. When Tessa reluctantly agrees to accompany her best friend, Holly, to a party at the ritzy hotel where Holly works, she isn't expecting much. Tessa isn't one for the lavish affairs that take place at the Grange--a hotel owned by the two incredibly wealthy Monahan brothers. That night, however, Tessa meets Ross Monahan, a renowned playboy. The two have a on ...more
Judi
I just love what Jill Mansell does with words. This book twists relationships around like pretzels until you're just not sure where anyone stands or with whom they stand. Simply amazing! Full review to follow.

My Review:
This book has gotten widely mixed reviews. Everything from one to five stars. I personally gave it a five-star rating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It was totally different from the other Jill Mansell book I read, Three Amazing Things About You, but it was just as good in its
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A.C
Sep 18, 2009 A.C rated it it was ok
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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Rystal :)
Sep 11, 2011 Rystal :) rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Lissa
Apr 22, 2009 Lissa marked it as to-read
Recommended by Kelly
Catherine
Feb 02, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
it was ok, but not good enough to make me read it to the end.
Kaitlyn Comer
Feb 10, 2017 Kaitlyn Comer rated it liked it
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Janga
Jan 04, 2017 Janga rated it liked it
A disappointing read. Definitely not Mansell's best. Review will be posted at The Romance Dish later this month.
Goele
Feb 05, 2017 Goele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niet echt een literair hoogstandje. De plot van het verhaal was ook vanaf de eerste bladzijde voorspelbaar maar ik heb er van genoten.
het boek leest vlot en is pure ontspanning.
Jordan Theune
Jan 13, 2017 Jordan Theune rated it did not like it
This was definitely the worst Jill Mansell book that I have read. Her writing is never astounding, but it's *usually* always enjoyable. This drove me crazy. I didn't like any of the characters, and I HATED how stupid they were. Ross will never be trustworthy, Max will always thing he's God's gift to man, Holly will always be a door mat, and Tessa will continue getting hurt. So disappointed in the story here. I really had to push myself to finish.
Denise
Mar 08, 2017 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jill Mansell books, but this wasn't one of my faves. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but this story... just didn't seem "real" at certain points. Still good, but not amazing.
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
Joan
Dec 30, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa Duvall and her best friend Holly set off to a glittering party at the glamorous Charrington Grange Hotel where Holly works as a receptionist. Holly is secretly in love with her boss, handsome Max Monahan, who co-owns the hotel with his flamboyant brother Ross. Holly is bursting with excitement and is done up to the nines in her own bizarre inimitable style. Tessa is an aspiring artist and parties are not her thing at all. She is not an easy, outgoing conversationalist like her friend and a ...more
Liz
Feb 26, 2017 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ran across some Jill Mansell novels and I remembered reading these books in Dutch when I was younger. I got a bit in a nostalgic (romantic) mood and decided to pick one at random and read it.

I did enjoy it.. but it took waaaaaaaaaaay too long !!
Everytime things finally seemed to settle down, some new drama appeared and she ran again..
Maybe this was not the best random choice, and I should have investigated a bit more.. But well, it was interesting enough and some major plus points though for
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Peg
Solo is a story about painful consequences, unrequited love, betrayal, and adultery. This book deviates from Jill Mansell’s usual light and witty chick-lit novels. Although the subject matter is dark and distressing, the author’s talent for writing witty dialogue and funny circumstances substantially lightens up this story.
Tessa’s life had turned upside-down since her one-night stand with Ross Monahan. She knew it had been a mistake. Ross was a notorious womanizer and now; unfortunately, she wa
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Susan
Jun 10, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
I was sad in my disappointment of the novel "Solo" by author, Jill Mansell. I know that this story was previously released as the writer's earlier works, but the story was filled with so much chaotic drama that I could not finish the story. I want to point that I strongly discourage not finishing a book, but there are times such as in this case that it was impossible to push on with my reading.

Unlike present novels by the author, "Solo" had this raw, heartbreaking drama that just brought on an i
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Erin
Feb 16, 2017 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
probably 2.5 stars. readable, but most of the characters drove me crazy!!!
Mary Hale
Feb 13, 2017 Mary Hale rated it it was ok
Not her best. The male characters are pretty awful. The female ones not so far behind falling for the jerks. It's a wonder they're not all rife with STDs.
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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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