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Playing James
By Sarah Mason

Playing James

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Playing James by Sarah Mason

Book Awards

  • Winner of Romantic Novelists' Association Awards: Romantic Novel of the Year 2003.
  • Winner of Parker Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2003.

Book Description

Holly Colshannon is a young journalist who thinks her career is about to take a terminal nosedive when she is moved from covering 'pet deaths' for her local Bristol paper and made Crime Correspondent - a poisoned chalice if ever there was one. However, a brilliant idea from the new police PR officer sees Holly shadowing a detective and writing a diary column about his working life. Detective James Sabine is bit of a sour puss - although he does have very nice green eyes - and he's furious that he has been landed with magnificently accident-prone Holly especially since her arrival comes six weeks before his wedding to faultless Fleur. Holly, however, has a career to think about and this infuriating man is not going to stand in her way. Meanwhile, her bosses at the newspaper realise that the column is proving extremely popular with the readers who are waiting for something romantic to happen between the handsome detective and the nice young reporter. With only days to go to the wedding Holly realises she's been waiting for the same thing...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751535747
ISBN-10: 0751535745
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Journalist Holly Colshannon is despairing of her career prospects, fearing she is destined to languish in the reporting mire of pet funerals forever. But things take an exciting turn when a colleague leaves the paper, thus freeing up the position of crime correspondent. It sounds glamorous but in reality it's the job that no one else wants. Relationships with the local police have been poor and Holly knows she can expect a rough ride. Her first encounter with the handsome but disapproving detective James Sabine doesn't bode well for their future working relationship. James has good reason to distrust the press and Holly's intrusion into the local Accident and Emergency department sets his hackles rising. Then she's given an assignment to shadow James and write about his work in a column for the paper - and their relationship gets even stormier. Like all classic romantic comedies, this is a story patterned with misunderstandings, volcanic arguments and sexual tension. The slapstick humour of Holly's many accidents is hilarious, and readers will find themselves captivated by her adventures and the growing feelings that develop between her and her one-time adversary. Tremendous fun. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Opposites meet and inevitably attract in this amusing first effort. Beautiful Holly Colshannon is an ambitious, accident-prone junior reporter for the Bristol Gazette. Slightly more gorgeous James Sabine is a tough, tart-tongued detective sergeant with a chip on his shoulder. They meet cute in the first of many convenient coincidences, then butt heads again when the determined Holly sees a chance to further her career by tailing James for a six-week stint as a crime columnist that may be her first big break. She's got an insistent boss named Joe who wants to turn their provincial British newspaper around, and the formerly cursed crime beat that Holly's inherited just might boost sales. The main problem is James's absolute disdain for Holly and her mission. Days of ridicule and uncooperative behavior flick by. Joe eventually says the magic words, "Get some sort of repartee going with him!" No problem! James may be grumpy, but Holly's got spunk, and soon their icy glares give way to those glances that last just a little too long. Sound familiar? Thankfully, first-timer Mason offers enough genuinely funny writing to counter the cliches as the ill-matched couple trade verbal jabs while working toward solving a series of burglaries and Holly makes a round of adorable mistakes (hitting herself with her own knees, slipping on some candy, getting her toe stuck in a bottle) that endear her to James-and presumably to us. Between car staekouts and emergency-room visits, we meet James's aesthetically pleasing fiancee and Holly's perfunctory but handsome boyfriend. Meanwhile, stock figures-the loyal best friend, the lovable flamboyant gay man-wander in and out of the plot. Do they catch the burglar in time? Will Holly confess her love for James? Does the column get her what she wants? Stop me if you've heard this one before . . . . Momentum and humor almost win out against the obvious. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason lives in Cheltenham. At the age of 25 she began importing gourmet popcorn from America and was soon running a company with a seven figure turnover. She started writing when she sold the business on. This is her first novel.

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