Ms. Taken Identity – Dan Begley

mstakenidentityIn the beginning when I received this book I was really intrigued at how a male would far in writing a “chic lit”.  In this instance I was disappointed.  The cover is quite clever, a set of male legs in a set of bright pink fluffy “girly” slippers.  Wouldn’t you be intrigued by a pair of mens legs in a pair of your fluffy girl slippers?

This is the descripiton of the book – (Taken from Publisher’s Website)

“”PhD candidate Mitch Samuel’s life isn’t going exactly according to plan: his girlfriend just dumped him (to be fair, he did forget to pick her up at the airport), his estranged father has landed in the hospital, and his literary masterpiece-one part Shakespeare, one part Steinbeck, and all parts lyrical epic-has been rejected for the umpteenth time.

However, after a chance encounter at Starbucks with the queen of women’s fiction- Katharine Longwell-who seems to take a liking to him, he senses an opportunity for literary riches, if not reputation. After telling her that his (imaginary) female cousin is an aspiring chick-lit author, he secures a promise from her that she’ll help his “cousin” get published. The only problem is, Mitch needs a manuscript, and fast.

Unfortunately, try as he might to get inside a woman’s head by reading Vogue and Cosmo, watching Oxygen and Oprah, nothing seems to work. That’s when his roommate Bradley suggests that he try a dance class at the studio where Bradley’s sister Marie takes lessons. Self-conscious about his own skills, and unwilling to reveal his true intentions, Mitch attends the first class under an alias: Jason Gallagher, pharmaceutical rep. What could go wrong?

Nothing, except that Mitch/Jason quickly finds himself hooked on dancing, and on the charming Marie. Who has no idea who he really is. Or that he knows her brother. Or why he’s there. Suddenly, his novel-writing project is becoming a lot more than he bargained for…””

Now, it wasn’t the premise of a man writing a chic lit book, it was the way the characters were being portrayed.  In my honest opinion, it should have  been brought out as fiction with a twist.  I was disappointed when it seemed  he was trying to capture the female element of the storyline but it came through so much more manly.  The female experience wasn’t really there for me.

It was a good effort on part of the author,  it was his first novel, even in the end of the book, he admitted that it was an idea brought on by his wife, which got the “wheels turning”.  Maybe you will feel different when you read it, I tried hard to finish reading this book,  I read half of it, before I was bored that I couldn’t bear to stay with it any longer.  I am one that loves to read, and feel bad for stopping a book even part way into one, but this book just wasn’t for me.

Hachette / 5 Spot

Book Excerpt

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