Amie Stuart: Hands On

Monday through Friday they’re known as Alex, Mel and Carl. But come Friday night Lexi, Lanie and Carlotta trade their blue collar personas in for high heels, martinis and men. They’re smart, sexy and successful, and they’re taking HANDS ON to a whole new level.

Amie does a pretty good job of writing three novellas with three distinctive voices–all three are in first person.

The blurb tells us exactly what the book is about, smart, sexy and successful women. None of them are “have time to do their nails and hair every day” type of ‘successful women’ I’ve seen readers complain about. They worked for their success, and they are still working for more.

I think there’s too much telling in Lexi’s story, maybe because it’s the first one and sets up the other two as well.

With Lanie’s, I felt that not all the issues were given enough time. At the same time, I like that Lanie finally hashes it out with her family.

Personal preference showing here, but I think Carlotta’s novella is hands down the hottest of the three.  The male protagonist, Devon, is also the best drawn in all three novellas.

I can’t remember who mentioned appreciating the sisterhood in romance novels, and technically, this isn’t a romance novel, but on more than one level, Hands On is also a book about sisterhood. They have the sort of friendship that you know will last and will be there for each other.

The ending was great, by the way. It’s a Happy For Now ending, and despite that, it was a very satisfying ending.

I believe this anthology should be read as a novel, so only one rating.

Hands On rates 3.5 out of 5.

7 Responses to “Amie Stuart: Hands On”

  1. June 1, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the great review May!!!!!!

  2. 2 cb
    June 2, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Hey, I LOVE Amie’s work. I can’t imagine Hands On being anything but good. Plus, another friend of mine loved it. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. 3 Little Lamb Lost
    June 2, 2007 at 2:44 am

    I read your review and hopped on over to Amie’s site. Love the fact that she has down to earth heroines.

  4. 4 Kim
    June 2, 2007 at 5:10 am

    No time for primping during the week for me either. I like heroines I can relate, too. Sounds good!

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