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Girls Night (Single Moms, Second Chances #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  373 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Stef Ann Holm jumps from writing historical romance to contemporary romantic comedy with a yummy, exuberant splash-in-the-latté in Girls Night. Jillene McDermott is a widowed mom with few assets except her struggling coffee shop on Blue Heron Island, Java the Hut; her late husband's car, which she refuses to drive; and a winsome zest for success that defrosts the iced-over ...more
384 pages
Published 2003 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
3.5 stars

This is one of the few contemporaries I've read, and it was cute.
A widowed mom of two tween girls runs her late hubby's coffee shop, renames it Java the Hut lol, and meets up with town's favorite boy.
Vince is a true crime novelist who came home and couldn't resist Jillene or her coffee. Her two girls put out a personal ad for their mom, but it was done from the standpoint of kids...and hysterical! They ended up with foot fetish guys calling, and Jillene had no clue as to why all these
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Wicked Reads.

Girls’ night is about single mom Jillene trying to balance her life after the loss of her husband. She’s trying to make ends meet with two pre-teen daughters, a mortgage, and a coffee shop with a ton of expenses. Author Vince is from the same town she lives in and he returns to it when his crime research takes a nasty turn. Jillene and Vince meet and have a nice chemistry full of sexual tension.
This book was a bit
This author has no grasp on writing her characters to reflect their ages. For example, the tween daughters can’t wait to get into the bathtub with their mom. Really? I’ve never met kids of that age who are excited about sharing bath time. Frankly, I don’t know of any kids of that age that would ever even share baths, much less share a bath with their mom. Has this author ever met tweens? Super creepy scene.

Likewise, the hero and heroine spend ages lamenting about the good old days before the cr
Rosemary K
Jillene McDermott is a widow with two young daughters. Since the death of her husband, she's been struggling. Her coffee shop is tottering on ruin and she has no love life. She feels defeated. Local celebrity, Vince Tremonti, is back in town to visit his father and to come to terms with issues on his new book. He meets Jillene and likes what he sees. They are drawn to each other. Does romance stand a chance when they are both dealing with serious problems? I liked Jillene. She's a hard worker wh ...more
Anne Holly
This one was okay, for the most part, though my general like of the two main characters pushes a bit more towards 2.5 (rounded up to 3, as is my usual habit). The relationship worked well enough, though it was conventional to the hilt. I liked the setting, as well.

There were some aspects I didn't really enjoy, though. The heroine's whining over an expensive chandelier* while her fridge was bare seemed unrealistic to me, for example, and overall I didn't really buy her as a "business woman" - som
Colleen B
I was really impressed with Jillene. I don't know how I would deal if I had to live with the hand she was dealt. Her husband dying young. Being left with 2 teenage daughters to raise, a house, a business... and debt out the wazoo. I like to think I would pull myself together and be as amazing as Jillene... but I somehow picture myself packing up and trying to start over near my parents. She truly impressed me.

All that said... I loved her even more with Vince. And I loved Vince with her. When th
After losing her job because of an illness, Tessa Sheridan has returned to her hometown and bought a small cottage in the woods. The only thing disturbing her serenity is the loud roar of motorcycles at her neighbors house. But when she meets the bad boy next door who everyone tells her is trouble, Tessa is very intrigued. Lucky Romo was a rebel with a dark past. Getting close to Tessa was not what he planned. But the intense attraction between them was something that could not be denied.

I liked
N. Kuhn
Once again, I am not into the "story lines" of other characters. I just want to know about the main ones. Not all of them. I feel it drags the story down. At times, I find myself flipping pages just to get back to the main characters.

On to the story, I have to commend single moms out there! Losing a husband, raising children on their own isn't easy. It also isn't easy to date when your life is all about your kids. Either way, this was a sweet story. There was a little bit of religion thrown in,
The book has its own appeal. I could say that Steff Ann Holm creates the pictures and scenery more pronounced. She definitely did a great job. It's a good story for a widowed or anyone who has lost his/her hope because the novel tells a story about a girl named, Jillene McDermott who has become a widow for 6 years, has been having a hard time making Coffee time turned Java the Hut-the business her late husband left-successful, and has 2 daughters-Claire and Faye-to take care of. And a guy named, ...more
I am a fan of Stef Ann Holm's work, and this is one of the nicest books she has written.

Jillene is a widow raising 2 girls and having terrible financial problems. Her husband died quite suddenly and the business he had owned, a coffee shop, is still struggling to become successful.

Vince is a famous true crime writer. He has come back to his home town to see his father and try to figure out a way to deal with the latest serial killer's story. The killer has been found guilty but his story is crea
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a must read contemporary Romance, this book gave me the feels. It made me laugh, cry and just smile at every turn. Vince Tremonti is every girls dream. You shouldn't pass up on this book. It's amazing. Very well written and sweet
Brenda -
This was a good book. The beginning was a bit slow for me. I loved the romance between Al and Ianela. It was sweet. Vince and Jillene have chemistry from the start. They get a HEA at the end. Loved the serial killer / true crime writer. Overall a good book.
At times funny. Widowed mom Jillene is barely making it on a small island in WA. Meets Vince, a true crime author with problems of his own. They fall in love and the book has a nice HEA.
Cyndi Tefft
This was a cute book. I particularly liked the sweet romance between Al and Ianella. They were precious. Vince and Jillene definitely had nice sexual tension, but I thought she was rather forgiving of the way he'd come on strong and then just disappear without a word or explanation. I thought the subplot of the serial killer/true crime novel was creative and well done.

It had me laughing in a few spots, enjoying the sizzle, but I wouldn't say I fell head over heels for the characters. So all in a
Hero writes true crime novels—but is ready for a change and has come back to his home town to find it. Heroine is a widow with two daughters whose husband left her deep in debt and she’s struggling to find a way out and keep her coffee shop in business. They’re both dealing with guilt—his for possibly encouraging a murderer who wanted the fame of getting himself written into a book, and hers for resenting her husband for leaving her in debt. And they find each other and live happily ever after. ...more
I really liked this story, for the characters. In fact, I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. It is a sweet, romantic story focused on how mature adults find love in the face of personal histories and others' expectations. That said, it was missing some drama and action. The author had all the makings for a suspense novel, so I kept expecting the threat on Jillene to materialize or for Vince's work to catch up to him, but it never happened. The story you get is ok, good even, but could have been ...more
I thought this book was a nice quick read. It was entertaining but not a complicated plot.

Jillene, a widow with two daugthers is struggling to keep her business going after her husband dies and leaves her in a bad situation. Vince an author and the local celebrity comes to town to see his father and meets the coffee shop owner. Sparks fly instantly between the two, but they both have issues they need to deal with before any kind of relationship can work between them.
Pg 26, Near the top of the page,

"Kent was south of Seattle and took a rap for being populated by a dope-toking, beer-drinking, blue-collar industrial plant workforce."

Since I am from Kent, kind of took offense to this paragraph, but other than that I liked the book. Oh and I have never done dope, not a beer drinker, or any alcohol for that matter, and my dad and my husband are white collar, go figure.
Absolutely wonderful and entertaining. I love the way the characters come together and relate with one another. Great story of a son and his elderly father who are very close. Then son meets widow caring for pre-teen young lady. The characters are real and their problems are some in which I can relate. You will love it.
An adorable chick lit jewel box of a book. Who wouldn't want to own a coffee house on a small island near Seattle, along with two genuine daughters who aren't growing up too fast, even with missing their (deceased) dad. When the prodigal son returns, all bets are off on the owner of the coffee house.
I had read one other by this author (Undressed) and this was a disappointing follow up. Not bad, a few cute moments, and a few moments which I felt were supposed to be really cute but didn't quite cut it with me. Not really much to set it apart.
Cute story. There were parts that seemed to drag on a bit, but for the most part it was well written and very engaging. Some parts were laugh out loud funny. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it will not be the last!
This book was really cute and I enjoyed it. This was much more than your average romance it also has a message to never give up. I enjoyed both of the love stories in this book and her daughters were a hoot.
This is a very good contemporary romance. It has likeable characters. Jillene has two loveable daughters that want her to be happy. How they go about it makes for some very funny situations.
Ruth Kraehnke
Cute and touching story of love in a small town setting. Predictable ending. I thought the epilogue wound it up a little too neatly. A little too long for me.
Karen Oake
Aug 20, 2007 Karen Oake rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I enjoyed this book very much. Great story line. Kept my interest all the way through. The perfect book with a little romance added in. A very happy ending.
Really well written. This was the first book I have read by Stef Ann Holm. The story flowed well and I will admit to hating Vince for awhile.
A sweet, sexy, funny, irresistable read! Vince and Jillene will make you believe in love the second time around! Highly recommended!
This book was a nice soft romantic read. A young widow and a bachelor crime writer learn about each other as they fall in love.
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Stef Ann Holm was born in Southern California near Hollywood. With the fantasy worlds of Disneyland and Universal Studios at her doorstep, her imagination was stimulated at an early age. She attended Chatsworth High where Kevin Spacey, Mare Winningham and Val Kilmer entertained on the school's stage. As a semester elective, Stef Ann enrolled in drama and played a Fandango hostess in the chorus of ...more
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