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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When a plane crashed behind Micki Cramer's house, in San Diego, California, she kept waiting for the sirens and rescue team to show up. As the first responder, it was up to her to tug on the arm that was waving out of the broken wreckage. Holding her breath against the choking smoke, she managed to get the pilot out and carry him to safety into her backyard. He wasn't that ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2011)
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Vaughn Roycroft
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warning: The drinking of hot or staining liquids while reading this book is not recommended. ROS made me laugh out loud. A lot. And I mean spit-take worthy eruptions of laughter. I usually don't seek humor in my book selections, but DeTarsio's style as a reviewer on Reader Unboxed gave me the push to give her prose a try. And, wow, am I glad I did. I knew I was in for something special when I clicked my Kindle page button at the end of chapter one. Chapter two is uniquely hilarious. I'll leave i ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I was offered 'Ros' as part of Goodreads First Reads programme and to be totally honest, was a little apprehensive as the 'chick lit' genre is not one I would primarily opt for when selecting a book to read. Having finished the book, I would say this is more than just a chick lit novel - it had everything from humour to romance, from action to sci-fi.

Micki Cramer, the main character, captivated me from the get-go. Her humour, sarcasm and her internal dialogue had me grinning from ear to ear. Sh
Robert Cohen
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chick lit? CHICK LIT?? What is everyone talking about? I know Chick Lit. Chick Lit is a friend of mine, and Ros, ……'re no Chick Lit. Not that there is anything wrong with Chick Lit, but I found I just couldn’t categorize Ros as Chick Lit. In case you hadn’t noticed, I really like saying the words “Chick Lit”. So sue me.

The premise of this story is original, shimmering, and very, very funny. It’s like a theme from a Beethoven symphony. Before you ever hear it, it doesn’t cross your mind. Aft
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If laughter is the best medicine, then this book will be your pharmacy! While I was reading it, the people around me were treated to frequent guffaws, shouts of laughter and extended howls of mirth.

The book starts with a bang. Literally! As the story is written from a first person perspective, the reader gets a good look into Micki's thoughts and inner dialogue, which is mostly hilarious but also touching at times. Enter Rhoda, the self centered former mother-in-law, who suffers from both Alzhei
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2011
Dee DeTarsio may write Chick Lit, but her books are never just that. They always include elements you’d expect in other genres and almost never see in Chick Lit, like action-adventure (which features in both of her books I’ve read ) or even a science fiction element, as in the alien this book is named after. These additions are fun and entertaining. They allow DeTarsio to take the story in directions you wouldn’t typically see in Chick Lit.

Pushing the genre boundaries is fun, but what stood out
Alice Bola
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Aliens? Really? Aliens aren’t my thing. Had I read the summary a little closer and used my rusty powers of deduction, I would have realized this and passed on this read. If I had, it would have taken me a lot longer to discover Dee DeTarsio. Although this wasn’t what I expected, I really enjoyed reading Ros.

Ms. DeTarsio used the classic formula that has made Janet Evanovich’s Plum series so wildly successful. Although not very original, it is very funny. This novel centers on Ros but the real s
Samantha March
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first two books from Dee DeTarsio - The Scent of Jade and The Kitchen Shrink – so I was excited when she contacted me regarding her latest story – Ros. I was intrigued because this story featured Ros, basically an alien from the future that time-traveled back in time and planets to try to figure out what happened to her brother. Heroine Micki has to try to figure out how to hide this extra-terrestrial from the military, her mother-in-law, and her cat – who is featured pretty ...more
Reed Raab
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, giveaways
I’m happy that I was one of the chosen few who won this off of Goodreads Giveaways because it is lighthearted and fun. The narrator, Micki, gets an unexpected visitor in her backyard one evening, a very alien sort of visitor. The extraterrestrial, Ros, has crashed landed on Earth in search of her brother (the original alien from Roswell). Unfortunately she is too late to save him but now she must get back to her asteroid in 48 hours or else the gravity of this planet will crush her. Micki vows t ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Firstly, I'd like to thank Dee DeTarsio for sending me a copy of Ros.

This book is hilarious. I have to admit, I never usually read this kind of book - I see why it is vaguely labelled chick-lit, but it's actually a whole lot more than that!

To be brutally honest, the beginning was a little slow for me... hence why it took me so long to get started with it, but now I'm kicking myself for not getting into it sooner, because I really did enjoy it.

I loved the sci-fi element - Ros is a great character
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This novel blew my mind. I did read the blurb on the book but it was completely different from what I had prepared in my head. A fantastic read and definitely very different from the books I am used to reading. The plot of the book is simple but the way DeTarsio unravels the book is absolutely superb. The characters are real. They are not ambiguous as most writers try in order to appeal to greater audience. These are the characters you can relate to because they are real. There is an inner Micki ...more
Heather McCain
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When author Dee DeTarsio contacted me to review this book, she described it as a "tough sale". And I would have to say she's right- I wasn't overly excited to read a book about an alien. But I cannot express how pleasantly surprised I was when I started reading.

Micki is sarcastic, awkward, and hilarious. I loved her so much. I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times at the absolutely absurd situations Micki and Ros found themselves in. Throw in Micki's senile former mother-in-law, a
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this cute story about an alien and the earthling who tries to help her find her way back home. Zany and over the top yet very entertaining. You can read my take here .
3.5 stars
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is just an awesome read. It had everything, right down to alien romance, and a perfect ending!
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved this book! Micki, Ros and the gang are a great cast of characters I wish I could meet. Every page had me chuckling and the end of every chapter had me starting the next.
Dec 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild, but very funny.
Lynn Worton
This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.

Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to li
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't know her personally, but I still know Dee DeTarsio is delightful. A delightful person and a delightful writer. My review of her Hawaiian mystery Haole Wood happened to come out on my birthday last month. When she saw this on Facebook, she sent me an Amazon gift of her book Ros. I was touched by her thoughtfulness. . .and here I go again. . .and I am delighted to report that Ros was delightful. ;)

I had no idea what to expect when I cracked open Ros. I didn't go online and check the descri
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-read, sf
My interest was caught once I realised that the heroine was not a teenager (thankfully) but a grown women with adult children plus her rescued alien/ET was female. I appreciated the female friendship and bonding that followed but I was disappointed that so many of Michi's and Ros' chats were abut men!

The story was fast paced although I had no knowledge of the area or any idea of the distances involved in their travelling. I was interested in the characters, Micki's relationship with her children
A.B. Shepherd
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this and the true rating for me is 3 1/2 stars.

This book was cute in a frenzied sort of way. It is a humorous chick-lit/alien story. The author has quite an inventive imagination and she writes well. If you like your chick-lit full of chaotic misadventures I think you'll love it.

For me, it was just a little bit too over-the-top. I felt just a little bit like some of the zaniness was just a little bit forced.

Overall though, it was enjoyable.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
On the plus side, this was much better than anything else I've come across that was self-published. On the negative side, I didn't find it to "shine "with tenderness and humour" or really shine at all. ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, aliens
Just not my genre. I found myself skimming around halfway through, just to complete it, and decided I didn't want to bother finishing.

It's funny and not a bad story, I just wasn't terribly interested.
Kay Van Slyke
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. Think the movie Paul (except Ros is female) with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman and Seth Rogan as the voice of Paul. There were even scenes with an RV and a marijuana joint. A Cirque de Soleil theme is used as the finale. Honestly, Paul was much more fun!
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit apprehensive when I learned this was an alien storyline. But I quickly got on board with this one. Laugh-out-loud funny, quirky characters, and a sweet little adventure. I am a fan of Ms. DeTarsio's. I would be really happy to discover this was the first in a series. (hint,hint). :) ...more
Dee DeTarsio
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I know that Ros is a tough sell and you may be thinking she's probably not for you--but I'm hoping you take a chance! I'd love to hear what you think--thanks for reading! Take care, Dee ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not worth the time or effort.
Emily Dentler
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read! The lead character, Ros, as well as the other characters in this story are all wonderfully laid out. Cute and inspirational.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Laugh-out-loud enjoyable! Shame the f-word had to creep in there from time to time. Otherwise - it was great.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this a 3.5 just because it was so cute and funny. A nice, zero-calorie read for a weekend.
May 22, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
Just kind of typed something in and this came up...what the hell kinda cover IS THAT!?
Adelina Amelco
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Cute earth alien book. Short but sweet. With a little bit of snarky. Not my favorite kind of reading, but still have to admit was kind of a cute story
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DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins ...more

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