Fools Rush In, by Janice Thompson

Fools Rush In is a light-hearted romance novel, and not something I would normally pick up. But, since I'm trying to "diversify" my reading tastes, I thought I'd give it a go.

Blurb from Goodreads: Ever wonder how Italian sounds with a Southern drawl?
Bella Rossi's life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding-planning business, Bella quickly books a Boot-Scootin' wedding that would make any Texan proud. There's only one catch--she doesn't know a thing about country music. Where will she find a deejay on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his George Strait? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding?

Fun, fresh, and full of surprises, this flavorful combination of Italian and Tex-Mex highlights the hilarity that ensues when cultures clash.

I'm the first to admit that when it comes to romance novels I'm not the biggest fan. But I am a sucker for a chick-flick, and I must admit that this novel had that feel to it. Fools Rush In was funny in enough places to make me keep reading, but it was the voice and the contrast between the main characters that made it a worthwhile read for me:

He extended his right hand. I took it, but found it difficult to focus, because, now that we were within hand-shaking distance, something else stood out, something that totally threw me. His clothes were, well, dirty. And he had that same wet puppy smell Nick's boys always got when they'd been playing in the summer sun too long. And I was pretty sure he had--what was that, sawdust?--in his hair.

If you're looking for something meaningful, or a novel with surprise twists, this probably isn't the book for you however. It was easy to anticipate the plot twists, and its predictable ending just reinforced my view of romance novels. But if you read it to be taken along on a cute tale of romance, then it doesn't really matter.

Seven out of ten from me!

WritersBlockNZ's verdict: 7/10



Dawn Embers said...

The title reminds me of a movie that had the same title, though the story is definitely different. Doesn't sound quite like my cup of tea in general, but it is good to expan one's reaidng horizons.

L'Aussie said...

This sounds like my kind of book JJ. I will look out for it. I've read a few good chick lits lately - The Villa Girls by Nicky Pellegrino the best. Next review?


Dirtdart's Wife said...

I downloaded this book to my nook app site unseen simply because it was free. LOL - (great way to expand the reading horizons btw.) And I agree w/ all you've said. Imagining the Italian/Texas southern draw cross voices while reading was definitely fun.

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