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An Offer You Can't Refuse

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  6,805 ratings  ·  343 reviews
What's a girl to do with... An offer you can't refuse?

"A new bestseller from one of the UK's biggest authors!"

Nothing could tear Lola and Dougie apart, except his mother... Seventeen-year-old Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend's snobbish mother offers her a huge bribe to break up with him. Then Lola discovers a secret that makes her think again, and the...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2008)
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Awful.. such a painfully disappointing and dull read! It was pure torture reading it through, which is even worse, since I was so interested by the plot that I went to great efforts to order it online, buy it have it delivered, and all for such an irritating and boring, undeveloped, low quality novel which just dragged on and on! I'm not prejudiced against chick lit, I like it, there are some authors I love : Sophie Kinsella, Melissa Nathan, Marian Keyes, etc, but this one definitely put me off...more
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Bleh. Really, I should have known better than to read this. I loathe books where the entire plot revolves around some secret the main character can't divulge, thus creating all sorts of complications. But I read it, partly because I had enjoyed a previous Jill Mansell book, and thought that this would be as fun and quirky, too. Nope. Instead, I slogged through 400 pages of a bad plot and obnoxious characters.

Lola was an immature, shallow, self-centered brat, plain and simple. She talks about how...more
Apr 03, 2009 Serena rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anna Horner, J. Kaye, Marie
An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell is witty, charming, engaging, and Chicklit to the max.

For a reviewer this was a treat to find in a book, this is definitely how many of us feel about books and reading, and reading these lines instantly cemented my attention to this book.

Lola is a young girl in love with a boy, Dougie, whose family is wealthy and whose mother hates her guts. His mother makes her an offer that she can't refuse, so she takes it and says goodbye to the love of her life in a...more
From the back of the book:

"Young Lola, under duress, accepts a huge bribe to break up with her boyfriend. The worst part is, the bribe is from his mother. Ten years later, when they meet again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever-but how is she going to win him back without telling him why she broke his heart in the first place?"

My thoughts:

My thoughts on this book can be summed up in one sentence: "What a fun read!" Seriously, it really was a fun read and I ended up enjoying this book im...more
This is the first and only book I have read written by Jill Mansell and I found the book to be easy to read and was instantly hooked. I instantly loved the main character, Lola, who was in the worst possible situation at the beginning of the story - keep your boyfriend or have £10,000... Lolca decides to take the money and run, something which I had a bit of a shout about when I was reading that part of the book.... I definately formed a lot of opinions throughout reading this! Would recommend t...more
The main couple of the book not only bored me, but apparently they bored the author as well. No effort was spent on their relationship being developed, and all the effort was spent on EVERY OTHER PAIRED OFF COUPLE. It was like, if you saw that everyone else was happy, clearly, the main two will be alright. And even if he did discover, did he really PINE after her for ten years? A cute notion, but I think a bit unrealistic. however, it was a cute read, so it gets three stars. Would I read again?...more
This book kind of sucked balls. There were too many characters, and they were all dreadfully boring characters at that. Too many twist and turns, all boring. And if this is supposed to be a rekindling romance between Lola and Doug, maybe they should actually spend some time together. Just my opinion. They were barely together in the story, maybe two or three time at the most and even then there was no flirting or stolen glances. Nothing happened in this book and it was all over the place.
Mar 11, 2010 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
If you have ever worked in a bookstore and either a)find chick lit remotely tolerable or b)are such an anglophile that you can overlook overt chick lityness if it's balanced by overt Britishness, this book is spectacularly funny. I personally fall more into category b than a, and therefore will concede that it's a ridiculously girly book, but massively enjoyable, a bit like chocolate.
But really the best part is the, "Oink."
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Good stories for secondary characters. But I did not like the conflict for the main characters.

I’m angry when I think about it. But gosh she’s a good writer. This was enjoyable story telling about several characters with love interests. I was engaged all the way through. BUT I could not accept or enjoy the premise of the book - the conflict between the main couple. In the beginning Lola accepts money to break up with Doug. She needs the money to help someone else - it’s life or death....more
♡Karlyn P♡
A cute and funny British story. More chick-lit than romance, but there is some G-rated romances going in. A funny look at the life of one lady who once made this mistake of taking money to breakup with her boyfriend when she was only 17. The author reminds me of Sophia Kinsella and Jane Green with the cheeky humor and interesting characters.
Mais outro livro que li da autora e que adorei. Esta fórmula não desilude e adoro ler os livros dela. São uma lufada de ar fresco.
Leves, divertidos, românticos q.b., é tudo o que se pode pedir para uma tarde bem passada.
Sobre este livro, vou primeiro dizer as partes negativas e deixar o melhor para o fim.

A tradução está péssima. Até dá vontade de arrancar cabelos. Desde frases deste género: " A Sally entrou pelo apartamento de Sally", ao facto de a moeda neste livro estar traduzida, mesmo quan...more
Book starts off 10 years ago when Lola and Dougie are in love at 17 and 18. They have promised to stay together even though Dougie is moving to go to University, however, Doubgie's mom has other plans. Early on in the novel she tries to pay off Lola with 10,000 pounds! Lola is offended, however, when a situation in her home-life occurs Lola is desperate for cash to save her family. This secret between her step-father and herself will haunt her 10 years later when Lola realizes how much she still...more
A really, really fun book! If you're in a bad mood, it'll cheer you right up! And don't make plans --I read it in one sitting.

So...what about it...

Lola really never, ever, gave up on trying to get Dougie back -- even when he kept throwing daggers at her and quite frankly it was hilarious!
Don't worry, you don't have to be a sadist to appreciate the way Doug shuts her down, you just can't not enjoy it with Lola being Lola!

Plus, you have to admit, that from Dougie's point of view, he could have b...more
Vera Neves
Mais uma vez a autora não me desiludiu. De vez em quando gosto de ler estes livros leves e que me fazem rir, que contêm uma pitada de romance e humor irresistíveis.
Lola e Doug têm 17 anos e são namorados. Têm a vida pela frente e muitos sonhos para realizar. De repente Lola termina o namoro, deixando Doug sem chão e sem compreender porque é que a sua namorada resolveu desaparecer para Maiorca, sem grandes explicações. Lola não esperava ter de ceder à chantagem da mãe do namorado, mas foi exactam...more
If (like millions of women) you like Romance with a capital R, you'll like this book – because it's written to the classic Harlequin formula. Heroine meets hero in the first few pages, and in spite of all the catastrophes that blight their path to true love, you always know they'll get together at the end.

Which is why I don't like it. That level of predictability just isn't for me.

Less than half way through the story, I know with depressing certainty that Our Plucky Heroine will win Doug back,...more
I read this book immediately after Prodigal Summer and that book was far superior. I question whether that has made any difference to my review. I have read a couple of Jill Mansell's chick lit books previously and they were readable when choice was limited. Marginally better than An Offer You Can't Refuse. One of the main ingredients to good chick lit is humour. The heroine has to be someone you can relate to or even admire (give or take one or two embarassing situations!). This book was distin...more
I was tempted to give this book a five but there was two reasons I didn't.

1) I am a fan of steamy romance scenes and Jill Mansell left EVERYTHING to the imagination. Not a bad thing but just didn't suit my personal preference.

2) Despite doing a fairly good job of developing the rest of the characters. Dougie, the main love interest remained at arms length to the audience throughout the whole book. I would have appreciated a few scenes from his point of view or just something to make him a bit mo...more
What a disappointment!! Just like when a trailer is better than the film, this could have been such a good book! I think if only the characters were a bit more likeable it would have been much more enjoyable and interesting!
I found Lola to be shallow, unreasonable and a bit of a brat! And it seems I wasn't the only one.
I hate not finishing a book but I didn't really want to waste any more of my time on this one :/
Tempo de Ler
'Quantos casais de dezassete anos passam o resto das suas vidas com o seu primeiro amor? Vamos ser realistas, é por isso que se chama primeiro amor, porque vamos ter muitos.'

A mãe de Doug não suporta a ideia de ele namorar com Lola por isso decide oferecer-lhe dinheiro para ela deixar o seu filho. Devido aos problemas que o padrasto mantém em segredo, esta é uma oferta que Lola não pode recusar, mas é também uma que lhe irá trazer imenso desgosto…
Já vi ofertas deste tipo em inúmeros enredos e se
Great Chick Lit/Humor/British Fiction. Funnier than Sophie Kinsella, so if you liked the Shopaholic series, you'll LOVE Jill Mansell. Great read for when you're in a crap mood & need uplifting...or if you're in a great mood & need something new to laugh about. I must now read everything she's written. On a side note, this one holds a special place in my heart because I really feel the author truly understands what booksellers have to put up with...hahaha!
I wanted to like this book. I don't typically love reading chick-lit because I find it very cliche and predictable. However, I will pick one up from time to time when I need a mindless read. I just could not get into this book. I found the main character unrealistic and irritating. I was annoyed every time I picked up the book and it just was not worth finishing.
Terrible. Predictable, not one endearing or interesting character...One star for the readability factor it must've had to make me stick with it to the end.

I expected a lot more from this honestly. The characters were shallow and one-dimensional. A lot could have been left out of the book and it would have made no difference to the plot development. The whole book could have ended 200 pages sooner if Lola had just said why she needed the money. All the loose ends were tied up neatly and unbelievably.

Lola's characterization might have been the thing I liked least. She is shallow and obsessive and annoying. After 10 years she still has feelings for D

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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Lola and Dougie were very much in love. Though only 17 and 18, they had promised each other forever. This changed in the blink of an eye. Dougie's mother was not a big fan of Lola's. She didn't think that Lola belonged in her son's "privileged" life, so she offers Lola 10,000 pounds to leave Dougie and convince him that it is over. Lola is outraged and is bound and determined to tell Dougie what kind of mother he has. Before she has a chance to speak with him, her circumstances change and she is...more
This book started off wonderful. It seemed like a great read. It's been on my shelf for awhile and I regretted not picking it up sooner. I think that it would be a great vacation read. Very trivial, very soap opera-ish, very little thinking going on. Sometimes you just need those kinds of books. That being said, I think that the length of the book is a little too much. The last 90 pages were terrible to get through and I found myself skipping bits.

The book focuses on about three main story line...more
I've wanted to read this book for a long time and just never got round to it. As I'm ploughing through my paperbacks I thought it would be a good time to pick it up and I'm glad I didn't wait any longer!

I really felt for Lola, I thought she was a great character and her reasons for doing what she did were right even though it meant losing the love of her life. In addition to this we see a lot of her thoughts during the novel and it kept me amused, in fact I saw a bit of myself in some of the thi...more
The book is a quick, light read, and I really enjoyed it. But I wasn’t a big fan of Lola. I could see why she acted as she did at 17, but throughout the book, I had to keep reminding myself that Lola was 27 because she didn’t seem to grow up much at all. She couldn’t understand why Dougie was so angry with her, and she was shameless in her pursuit of him to the point where I was embarrassed for her in several scenes. She also was very shallow, wanting to break her mother and her boyfriend up sim...more
The concept of this book is not particularly unique — mom paying off the destitute girlfriend who needs to save her family to leave the rich boy she loves behind. But still, I enjoyed it none the less.

Most of Mansell’s characterizations (on an individual level) were wonderfully entertaining. Lola was funny and somewhat outlandish; she wasn’t afraid to be who she was despite leaving the man she loved behind to better the lives of her family. Gabe, her BFF, was a great counterpart with his dry-wit...more
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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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