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An Offer You Can't Refuse

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  9,712 Ratings  ·  461 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
Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published February 7th 2008)
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Dec 29, 2011 Stella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
May 04, 2014 boogenhagen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: betrayal
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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
Jul 12, 2009 Brie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, chick-lit
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
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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
Mar 11, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
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."
Cisz Strasters
Sep 02, 2015 Cisz Strasters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heerlijke afleiding tijdens een slapenloze nacht. en als bonus werkt de hoofdpersoon in een boekenwinkel, wat zorgt voor heerlijke quotes zoals "ze smachte naar een echte boekenwinkel zoals een junk naar een shotje" . wederom een heerlijk boek!
Joyce Kleine
Jun 23, 2016 Joyce Kleine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
haha geweldig boek weer van jill
Apr 03, 2009 Serena rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 22, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Aug 07, 2016 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th ...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.
Jane Stewart
Mar 28, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
2 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.
Nov 06, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jill Mansell. She gives me exactly what I want when I ask for it. Superb chick lit writer, one of the best in my opinion. I don't know how she does it, but I always fall in love with her characters, always care what happens to them, and even if I can sometimes predict who will end up with who, I don't care. Laugh out loud funny in so many places... another jem Jill x
♡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.
Jul 13, 2015 Sid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My head hurts from rolling my eyes so many times. I just couldn't get into it; the characters lacked depth and especially Lola frustrated me to no end: she has to be the most immature, selfish and shallow character I've ever come across. Just, no.
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
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
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
Vera Neves
Feb 22, 2012 Vera Neves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Aug 29, 2013 Dorothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Goddess Of Blah
Feb 12, 2015 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Jill Mansell's books (that I have had the misfortune to read) have so far been an insult to any self-respecting intelligent (or even semi-intelligent) audience. All seem to follow the same premise of ultra chick lit trash. Be prepared to lose brain cells when reading her trite, clichéd rubbish.

The heroine is generally naïve and either unsuccessful in her career or from a disadvantaged background. A confi
Jan 12, 2011 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elke Pirlet
It's a good book and i read it in 1 day! But unfortunately the book wasn't that exciting... The whole Gabe and Sally thing was fun but it wasn't necesarry! I wanted the book to be more about Lola and Doughie...
Mar 02, 2014 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 :/
Zainab Ishaq
My first book by Jill Mansel
It was a witty book. if you are in a bad mood it will definitely cheer you up.
Elaine Watson
Jun 16, 2016 Elaine Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheer entertainment.
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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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