Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…
A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.
But that was yesterday.
Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong! Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.
I had heard great things about Scot On The Rocks [review], and when I heard it had a sequel coming out, I knew I had to give it a try. Jack With A Twist has the same level of hilarity and zanyness (is that even a word? I don’t think so) as its predecessor, but it is a more grown up, sophisticated novel.
I liked reading about Brooke’s character development through the novel. I feel like she is a different person at the end as she is at the beginning, which is always rewarding for a reader. I also enjoyed the focus on her work. I shared her disbelief at Jack’s tactics and attitude, though I did think she was deluding herself when she thought that Jack wouldn’t give the case his all. I (along with the judge and everyone else involved) thought it would be best if one of them recused themselves from the case, but at the same time, it is completely in keeping with their characters to stubbornly refuse. Janowitz has written characters that almost have a life of their own. Her ability to depict sympathetic characters that cannot be ignored is formidable.
I also really liked the way Brooke dealt with the Jack situation. Though I felt like it should have come sooner in the novel, I appreciated her realizations, as well as the weaknesses in their relationship. I thought it was an incredible character development for Brooke and really made the book for me.
That being said, I did have some problems with this novel. First, Jack and Brooke were sickeningly sweet. Their sheer cheesiness actually takes some pleasure out of the reading because it is just annoying to read. Now, mind you, I don’t have problems reading about couples in love; I just don’t like the syrupy sweetness. Also, like the first book, I didn’t understand why Brooke didn’t just come clean and confront Jack about her issues. And finally, the ending was a bit over the top. I felt like it was out of a Bollywood movie (an Indian movie where they go for sheer cheese factor). I didn’t think it was believable and would have appreciated a more realistic ending. However, despite these issues, I still think that Jack With A Twist is a solid novel that is funny and enjoyable.
Overall, I really enjoyed Jack With A Twist. It was one of those books where I had to relax into the book, but once I let it sweep me away, the pages flew by. I would definitely recommend reading Scot On The Rocks first; though it is by no means necessary, I feel like that book gives the reader a deeper understanding of Brooke’s character. If her traits hadn’t already been established through a previous novel, I might have found some of her decisions irritating. I recommend this book to any chick lit fans, as well as anyone that enjoyed Scot on the Rocks.