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Misery Loves Cabernet (Charlize Edwards #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,542 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Working at a break-neck speed as a personal assistant to Hollywood's sexiest movie star, thirty-year-old Charlie Edwards struggles with conflicted feelings for an attractive photographer who has just left for a two-month film shooting and a hunky producer.

Library of Congress: 2009004798
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 22, 2009 Kourtney rated it it was amazing
I'm jealous - I'm seeing lots o' people saying they won this book?!?! I would have loved to be a contender!! I am a huge fan of A Total Waste of Makeup and was very excited to read the follow-up. And it did NOT disappoint! There are great laugh out loud moments, some moments that made you want to hit your forehead with the palm of your hand, and some where you shake your head thinking "been there"...great read that I could not put down. Kim Gruenenfelder has guaranteed I will be second in line t ...more
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Jul 08, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it
Working at a break-neck speed as a personal assistant to Hollywood's sexiest movie star, thirty-year-old Charlie Edwards struggles with conflicted feelings for an attractive photographer who has just left for a two-month film shooting and a hunky producer.

Don't you just love the cover? Seriously, I thought Kim Gruenenfelder took a picture of me one Friday night so I knew I would LOVE this book. The author brings back her humor and my twin Charlie Edwards for another tale of finding love in her c
The beginning of this book gives you a huge déjà vu, and not in a good way. It’s too repetitive, way too similar to the first book, and not in the writing style but in the writing itself. Three major examples are:
Exotic animals: Book 1 Drew buys an elephant and Charlie has to deal with it, Book 2 Drew buys a hippo and Charlie has to deal with it.
Toilet accident: Book 1 Drew gets stuck with one arm down the toilet while he’s wearing only boxer shorts and Charlie has to pull him out. Book 2 Drew
Apr 28, 2009 Kelli rated it really liked it
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Apr 08, 2009 Linnea rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
This is my first first-read giveaway book from Goodreads, which was exciting! I'd say as a beach or airplane book, it wasn't a hard read, but the characters felt inconsistent or annoying too often to really enjoy it. There are some witty one-liners and situations mixed in, but overall it felt pretty forced and unrealistic. It was hard to figure out who you were supposed to care about. It fits in pretty well to the general chick-lit genre though, as far as I can tell.
Nov 13, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Bittersweet ending... the book doesn't seem properly finished and I preferred the other guy.
A bit too similar to book 1 too many episodes repeated like copy and paste.
Other than that it was a funny easy read.
Dec 28, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars. However, Goodreads does not have half stars so I rounded this up to 5 stars.

I loved and laughed out loud so many times reading the first book in this series. The second book following personal assistant Charlize (known as Charlie) Edwards while she tries to navigate her job, her family, and her relationship with her boyfriend Jordan who has left for a two month assignment to work on a movie.

I am going to be honest. I really didn't feel the character
Jayne Ormerod
Oct 09, 2012 Jayne Ormerod rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beach-reads
Maybe you can’t “judge” a book by its cover, but I’m willing to buy a book based on the cover and give it a try. Or maybe it was the title that caught my eye. Either way, while wandering the book isles of Target, this book practically jumped into my cart. I was not disappointed.
If you are in the mood for a laugh-out-loud funny book, this is the one for you. Main character the level-headed and savvy Charlie Edwards is the personal assistant to a movie star. While slightly over the top, the boo
Jul 27, 2009 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, humour
Maybe 3.5 stars. Actually, the book is very entertaining. However, it's pretty much a repeat of "A Total Waste of Makeup." With both books, I started out thinking, "What a bunch of garbage . . . .another one of those single-women out partying and looking for men books!" But the writer's wit sucked me in. The books are a lot of fun. With "Misery Loves Cabernet" though, I was wishing that Charlie, having found a great guy and begun a relationship, would actually learn something. But no! Jordan tak ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
After I finished "Total Waste of Makeup," I couldn't wait to get hold of "Misery Loves Cabernet." In the "chick lit" stable of heroines, Charlie Edwards was definitely preferable to most of the inhabitants, being strong enough and self-confident enough not to constantly fret over her romantic status (of course, baby-sitting her boss, Drew Stanton, took a lot of time and energy).

I didn't find Misery as much fun as Makeup. In the span of weeks between the end of one and the beginning of the other,
Apr 30, 2011 Tracie rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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Apr 14, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. I hadn't read the first in this series, but it still made sense. I think it was for the best anyway, as I hate it when the love interest becomes a bit of an ass in the sequel. The new love interest is likable, however, and for the most this was a quick fun read which I'd recommend for a rainy day. One personal thing I found humorous is that I do have a friend who has worked/works as a PA to an actor and it didn't make me long for her lifestyle, that's for sure.
Apr 09, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it
This book was entertaining and easy to read. I laughed out loud at some points. I liked all the characters in it, and was pleased with the ending. I felt comfortable when I put it down (I hate when you read a book, then the ending is disappointing). This writer's style is along the lines of Emily Giffin (who I love), so this was right up my alley. I love the idea of writing advice for future generations. I would like to put all of Charlie's advice in a journal myself. Some of my favorites includ ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Ven rated it it was ok
What kind of technological vortex does Charlie live in where one week she is on a dial-up connection that cuts every time her call waiting goes off in "A Total Waste of Makeup" to a few weeks later in this book to having an iPhone? And did the author really have to say iPhone every time she referred to her mobile device? These two things really irked me.

Although "A Total Waste of Makeup" was ridiculous, I liked it. Not so much with Misery Loves Cabernet - the ridiculousness went over the top wit
Apr 23, 2009 Vicki rated it really liked it
I was a lucky first-reads winner with Misery Loves Cabernet, what a great title. "Charlie" is a thirty-something single woman who is unlucky in love. She has a fabulous, but demanding career and she finds herself always making wrong choices when it comes to men and relationships. Misery Loves Cabernet is an enjoyable, quick read for all women. I found myself rooting for Charlie throughout the whole novel. I did enjoy it and I may read Gruenenfelder's previous novel Total Waste of Makeup to prefa ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Ok, that’s ending?! I was already in love with Liam, goddammit! Who wouldn’t like a hot guy with an Irish accent who kisses you hello on the lips?! Jordan’s got nothing on this guy. He’s the dream! Also, I love how he made Charlie realize that she can be more than just Drew’s PA, that she’s meant to be a producer.

"As Drew and Liam continue their membership in the mutual admiration society, I offer to get Drew a drink, then make a hasty getaway. I just can’t see Liam for too long without needing
Aug 24, 2009 Sabine rated it it was ok
Shelves: brain-candy
Mediocre chick-lit - a D-Grade 'Bridget Jones' set in L.A. I never really got "into" it. Characters lacked any depth; some were too perfect for reality, and the author tried way too hard to make others eccentric. It's almost as if she thought that adding quirkiness rounded her characters out, but the women just came across as spoiled and self-centered and the men as surreal ken-dolls.
May 21, 2015 Charlynn rated it really liked it
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Romantic comedy about a woman of 30 and her 2 friends who can't seem to find the right men, and the main character's crazy family (a la Stephanie Plum but not as funny) and her childish big-name actor boss.
I didn't enjoy it much when I was reading it, not too many laughs for me, but now that I have finished it I can look back on some of the scenes and see some funny. Basically I thought it was so fluffy that it was almost non-existent. Opening the cover was liking opening the door to a room and
May 02, 2009 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
A great sequel! I love Gruenenfeld's sense of humor and how she didn't give this installation a typical chick-lit-style ending.
Bridget Bailey
Jun 17, 2016 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it
This is the sequel novel to A Total Waste of Makeup. I really enjoy this writer's style and her stories. Her books keep you constantly engaged and wanting to know what happens without being too sappy or unrealistic. Her three main characters are all down to earth and real in how they talk rather than a lot of the fake conversation that a lot of chick lit novels employ. This is a refreshing and funny change to read her novels. I plan on getting the rest of her books and enjoying those as well.

Aug 27, 2011 gille rated it really liked it
ARGHHHH. Okay. I love, love, LOVED A Total Waste of Makeup. And I'm pretty sure I loved this book too. But I just closed the book, and I'm SO CONFLICTED on the ending. I don't want to give it away, but man. WIll there be a third?? There needs to be a third. I'm not sure I'm ready to stop knowing Charlie and Drew and Dawn and Kate. I'm serious! I think there may be something wrong with me.

If you have read A Total Waste of Makeup, you need to read this book. If you haven't read it, you need to, a
Apr 29, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
A little chick lit reading is good for stressful times in life! A great story that was so hard to put down...loved it almost as much as the first book about "Charlie"!

"Charlize “Charlie” Edwards finally has it all: a house in Silverlake, L.A.’s hippest neighborhood, two fabulous best friends who always have her back, and a great (though hectic) job as the personal assistant to Hollywood’s hottest movie star, Drew Stanton. But best of all, Charlie has a newly feathered love nest with Jordan, the
Sep 18, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
When I first picked this book up from the library, I was pretty sure I'd read it before, but couldn't quite remember it. Upon beginning to read it, I came across the 'hippo scene' and remembered that I had read this book, but also remembered it was a funny and enjoyable book, so have decided to read it again! I am recovering from a nasty bout of bronchitis, so a light amusing book from an author who never disappoints is a good thing. Fortunately I don't remember so much of the book to ruin the o ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Jessie rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star-reads
I gave this book 4 stars simply because halfsies aren’t allowed. If given the option, this book warranted more of a 3.5. In this sequel to A Total Waste of Makeup, we continue on our journey as we follow Charlie through the world of life and love in LA. All together this book felt a lot like TWoM. With that being said, if you enjoyed the first one then you most likely will enjoy this one, too. If you haven’t read TWoM, don’t worry, I believe this story can stand alone easily. We get enough of a ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
Charlie is Girl Friday to Hollywood’s hottest actor Drew Stanton. She has two great best friends, a dysfunctional family, and a hot sex life with her newly relocated boyfriend. Well, ex-boyfriend that is. You see, Jordan has taken a job in Paris and the young couple decides that maybe it might be better to cool things down than deal with a long distance relationship.

Upon his arrival in Paris Charlie immediately regrets her decision to take time apart and see what happens. As situations w
Apr 28, 2009 Marlyn rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Charlize Edwards, known to her friends and loved ones as "Charlie", has a great life. She works as assistant to a movie star, has a house in one of LA's hippest neighborhoods, a handsome boyfriend, and two gorgeous and generous female BFFs.

Okay, so her family is a little crazy -- her mother wants to have a baby, for goodness' sake! And her boyfriend Jordan, a photographer, takes a job in Paris, and she thinks the noble thing to
Kelly Lawrence
Mar 01, 2012 Kelly Lawrence rated it really liked it
Every once in awhile I come across a novel that, simply put, I do not want to end.

My major critique per Misery Loves Cabernet is that it just Ended. She's in bed with Liam and then poof, he's engaged (to a Kelly, mind you!)... and then, the novel is over. My second major critique is her use of metaphor- she doubled up on Jimmy Choo and 'growing chest hair.' There are also more places in LA that native Angelinos inhabit then the Grove... And, maybe develop Drew Stanton a bit more. He is outrageo
Apr 16, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
First, let me tell you what I liked about had some really funny moments from an author who is obviously talented in comedic writing. The best character in the whole book by far is Drew, Charlie's boss..he's dippy, he's funny and he's starngely insightful..all of which make him likable.

Also, thanks for not including the obligatory gay best friend, the most sterotypical and one dimensional character that has pervaded nearly every chick lit book.

Now...Charlie REALLY irritated me. She see
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Kim Gruenenfelder grew up in and around Los Angeles and began her career in TV at the age of nineteen. In addition to her books A Total Waste of Makeup, Misery Loves Cabernet and There's Cake in My Future, she has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. She lives in Los Angeles, California. She loves her fans and can be reached through her website and on Facebook.

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“If you were advising your great-granddaughter about the man you have a crush on at this moment-what would you tell her? Would you be protective, and tell her to kick this man to the curb because he's treating her so badly, or would you tell her to hold on to this man for dear life?

Now, why aren't you taking your own advice?”
“I languish around in my life, never quite doing what I set out to do. I am tired of being a silver medalist, and tired of fighting uphill battles that I only sort of win.” 9 likes
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