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3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  669 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Why does Vanessa keep falling for married men?

Not that she knows she does. At least not at first. But every man who seems like he might be the one turns out to be someone else’s. So maybe the right thing to do is take a vow to stay single, to keep away from all men, until she can figure things out.

At least work is a bright spot: It’s an anchor to be so good at something, t
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ebook, 384 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 1st 2009)
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Danielle
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Regina
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Rachel Bussel
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April Dorris
I enjoyed this book in the beginning. The character was likable and I sympathized with her dating woes. But then she goes to her mother’s house and her internal dialogue becomes downright mean and bitchy. I am not a fan of the insults that get lobbed at people you don’t know. A pick-up truck with a yellow magnetic ribbon does not mean the driver is a country, gun-totting hick. That’s the kind of crap that starts to come from the main character when, in the previous chapter, she left the mean tal ...more
Vikkie
I have heard so many good things about Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, and I haven't given up on her just yet - but this book was definitely not a favorite.

The story line was mediocre and such, it was cute.

I know an author uses their writing to express their interests, but I felt like more often than necessary, I was getting the religious/political views of the author thrown in my face.

Regardless of how I feel about the topics discussed, it was a tad bit uncomfortable reading the phrase "right-wing nu
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Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by Celia

The story starts off with Vanessa meeting a man for the first time ever after months of correspondence via online dating. After making a quick remark about the stick-figured woman on the bathroom door being sexually biased because of the triangle-shaped skirt (chill out, girl, it’s just a sign,) Vanessa goes into a frenzy trying to make herself look “good” for a stranger; and, when she does meet him, she gets a little too “friendly” and becomes naïve at the assurance that “he is
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Sara E.
At first I was skeptical, but I ended up falling in love with this novel - and Paul. Sharp, witty, and ridiculously funny. Vanessa and Paul's relationship is cute and easy, and I love their banter. I love that he stood up for her and made her believe in herself. Oh! And did I mention that this book is HOT! The tension is unbelievable! (view spoiler) ...more
Christine
I enjoyed the premise of the book: two seemingly opposite characters falling in love, but I found the author's depiction of conservatives as war-mongering Christian fanatics to be very heavy-handed. In fact, I found it to be enough of a turn-off to not read anything else by her. I didn't find the writing to be particularly sharp, and I still can't picture the protagonist in my mind.
Toni
I didn't read this when it was first published because I was mad at the author for something she said on Twitter. Yes, I'm petty like that sometimes. Anyway, time heals all wounds and I walked past it in the store the other day and decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did. Vanessa Duran is a chef at an Albuquerque restaurant owned by a popular food personality. Everyone loves the food, but they have no idea that Vanessa is the real genius behind the menu. On the personal front, she has just ended a ...more
Monica
I am big fan of Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez so I bought the book the day it came out. Unfortunately, I did not love it. I loved parts of the story and writing (descriptions of the food; the main character is a chef), but I usually really really like Alisa's books.

Basically, it's about a woman (Vanessa) who is successful, smart, pretty, insecure, kind of stupid about love, loves nature, is judgemental, and single. She somehow dates cheating husbands and is never aware of it until something happens. S
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Andrea
I believe this is the fourth book of Valdes's that I've read, and it is also my least favorite. Some of it was enjoyable, however my pleasure in reading it was diminished by many factors. First off, it's a typical love story. The fact that the main character falls for unavailable men really had no purpose in the story. Second, there were way too many food references. All the talk of broth and bacon and baking...completely lost me. I like to eat, but I'm not a foodie and everything didn't need to ...more
Katie
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Monkeyface
Listened to The Husband Habit by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Vanessa Duran has a great life: she?s a whiz of a chef, making her grandstanding restaurant-owner boss look good; her house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a comfortable nest; and she is loved by her friends and her family. So what?s the problem? Vanessa keeps falling for married men. Not that she knows they?re married: each and every time she?s duped, taken for a ride, outright fooled. As The Husband Habit begins, Vanessa discovers she?s f ...more
Karen
This book began promisingly, with an interesting main character, Vanessa. She was a Yale-educated literature professor, who has become passionate about her new life as a chef, but has had a string of disastrous relationships with men who have hidden their true marital status. Of course, just as she decides to take a relationship hiatus, an incredibly perfect guy pops up. The book was in a pleasant chick - lit place, when it suddenly morphed into an anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war diatribe. Rather than ...more
Jess (Shepherdjel)
I had no idea what to expect from this book...I am not big on the whole cheating thing and don't care for books that are all about it. This was not the case at all with this book! Though the ending was shocking, this book was adorable and had just the right about of happy, sad, laughter and aww! I really liked that there was a little of everything in this book, family relationships, some food/cooking, humor, lovely romance, tragedy(war)and loss, all things I like to see in a book. I really liked ...more
Tory Hunz
Completely predictable, chapter titles were childish, topics could have gotten deeper but remained superficial and shallow throughout. Also disappointing was the reader who did the audio book. She was monotone and what little intonation she used was misplaced and took away from the meaning of what she was saying.
Cathy
I've been reading a lot of disappointing chick lit lately, so The Husband Habit was a breath of fresh air. So many of the books I've read recently have had grossly unlikable main characters. Vanessa has flaws, but she's a totally relatable character. And while the secondary characters are underdeveloped or unexplained (why is Vanessa's mother such a mess? How did Clarissa and her husband end up so lovey-dovey?), they're so peripheral I don't even mind the lack of depth. The end is a bit too cont ...more
Lisa
This is a fun summer read, but it's not as good as her others. I didn't like the writing at the beginning - it was weird somehow - but it got better as the book went on. It's about a chef who keeps falling for married men and then meets someone she tries to resist. The two main characters of Paul and Vanessa were interesting but Paul was too perfect for her, if that's possible. Everything he did was too clever and well done. I wonder where the author got her war inspiration/information from. A c ...more
Gina
The Husband Habit by Alisa Valdes.

As I started the book, the story was a solid 2, I didn't really like Vanessa. As I got further into the story I upped the rating to 2.5 but since we can't do half stars on Goodreads, I would still have given it a 2. But as the book moves along and you see Vanessa actually start trying to stand up for herself and you learn more about Paul I decided that I did like the book afterall.

Valdes has a unique writing style, sometimes I liked it, sometimes I didn't. But
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Sharon
I've enjoyed this author in the past, although some of her characters were hard to relate to. This book featured a more likeable heroine - a chef in Albuquerque who has dated several married men (accidentally) and sworn off dating for a while. Of course, that doesn't last long. But the new relationship is with a very different type of man, and the story-telling is excellent. The relationship between the two sisters is nicely drawn, and Ms. V-R really has a deft hand with language. I was hooked ...more
Sara
I grabbed this randomly off the library shelf because it looked like an easy read and when I want to read something easy and light I frequently turn to chick-lit. I have no desire to have the author's political views thrown in my face over and over. I especially didn't care for the way the views were represented - if you didn't agree you were a "right wing nut job" or some kind of crazy born-again. The plot was cute and I enjoyed the courtship of the two main characters but could have done witho ...more
Iris
I really enjoyed this book. Another book I picked up based on the title and cover art, but it delivered. Quirky, romantic, with a twist. You feel for Vanessa throughout the novel. Is it really her fault that she keeps falling for married men? Does she send out a vibe? What is wrong with her family? Their dysfunction is more than others and yet similar enough to relate to. Vanessa's mysterious neighbor is sexy and thrilling and a contradiction at every turn. That's great, but also a little distur ...more
Karen
A fun read, but not great literature. A little too much microinspection of the heroine's feelings.
Angela
I am almost finished with THE HUSBAND HABIT and wanted everyone to know it is a fabulous story told in a different voice and style than THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB. Like a good stew, THE HUSBAND HABIT simmers wonderfully from the first sentence and cooks up a great story full of food references and delightful word play, sensuous and intelligent, with rich characterizations throughout and a storyline anyone can relate to.

My only complaint is the jarring use of fragments. That's why I am giving t
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Lisa
Well crafted and well done - but the author puts too many current references and too much politically based anger for the book/story to last beyond one or two years. Had she reduced the anger and the venom, her audience would be much wider. It is difficult to tell if she is using her character as her own political mouthpiece or if those would be the actual reflections/thoughts/ideals of the character and her friends.

The political views will either garner her many readers or reduce her readershi
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Mary
Neither the dialog nor the writing in general were as good as I would have expected from Ms. Valdez-Rodriguez. She did included some very poignant impressions about the effects of war, namely the Iraq War, on the members of the armed forces, their families and friends, and the innocent victims who happened to be in the wrong place when fighting occurred. She also included some very relevant statements about the selfish and less than honest views of those who made the decision to begin the war in ...more
Annelise
OK, so the story itself is a bit trite, though in an enjoyable, chicklit-with-a-happy-ending way. But the book shines in its description of Albuquerque, covering the North Valley to the Northeast Heights to ice cream truck pot dealers to Subaru-driving hippy academics to vomiting homeless downtown and the people and desserts in Flying Star. Valdes-Rodriguez captures a good chunk of my Albuquerque pretty damn well, and for that, it's worth reading--even if you aren't a fan of chicklit-with-a-happ ...more
Maribeth
The story of Vanessa Chavez is definitely chic lit and is perfect for bringing to the beach. It is a light read, and sometimes that� s exactly what is needed. I found the fractured sentences distracting but not enough to stop reading the book. Overall, I was left with a hurried and incomplete feeling at the end, almost as if this were a rough draft and only a skeleton of what the story could have actually been. All the ingredients are there however, the spice is in the details.
Jen
A fun, quick read. A liberal chef in New Mexico tries to take a break from men after falling for the married variety, but she has a hard time not falling for a neighbor fresh out of 20 years in the military. It seems to be a story of opposites attract until you learn more about the characters. There are very strong anti-war sentiments (Iraq), so if you would be offended by that then don't read this book. The food that the main character creates in this novel made my mouth water. Yum!
Tisha
This was a poorly researched book, which diminished any enjoyment I could have gotten from reading it. It also felt as though the author was pushing her political viewpoint with her story, which made it even less enjoyable (although I share her opinion). When I read "chick lit" books, I hope to be entertained, not mis-informed. I was very disappointed with this story, even though I thoroughly enjoyed "The Dirty Girls Social Club" - enough to pick up another of her books.
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Alisa Valdes is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent ten years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe and LA Times before becoming an author. She lives in New Mexico with her family and pets and wishes the calories you ate when no on ...more
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