There was a recent sale on Jill Mansell titles and between Carolyn and I, we got a few. I'd read some previously and was lukewarm on what I'd read before. But a good sale and chick lit are a siren's call to me so what the hell.
I just finished Rumor Has It and thought it has the best and worst of what chick lit is.
Pro: it's a romance.
Pro: The women have careers.
Con: Men are more important than careers.
Pro: Gay ex.
Con: Gay ex.
Con: The hero was engaged previously and she died in a drowning accident. The reason it's a con is because his name is Jack and the dead fiance was Rose (you know, Jack and Rose from Titanic and Jack drowned). (Made me slightly nauseous.)
Pro: More than one couple and they all had an HEA (except the one gay guy. And the bad girl who died from cancer.)
Con: No HEA for the gay guy and the bad girl was funny but got killed off.
Pro: I really liked the best friend and her romance.
Con: I liked the best friend and her story more than the heroine and her story.
Still, I enjoyed it. It was a quick and fun read and the emotion wasn't deep. The humor was good. I'll be reading more Mansell books but not expecting too much from them.