Smart One and the Pretty One Adult Books Claire LaZebnik

The Smart One and the Pretty One

The Smart One and the Pretty One is now in stores!  See below for a full description of the plot.  It’s gotten great reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly (and–full disclosure–a really bad one from Kirkus but Kirkus and I have had a longstanding feud, so I’m not surprised).  Marie Claire called it a “witty romp” which is my favorite review so far.  I always wanted to write a witty romp!  Please check it out.  And if you read it and like it, PLEASE post a happy comment to Amazon!  And if you read it and don’t like it, let me know what you didn’t like about it and I’ll honestly take your criticism to heart and think about it while I’m writing my next book.  I always do.

There’s a Book Club Guide attached at the bottom–feel free to print it up and use it if you want to read the book as part of a club.  And if there’s a question you can’t settle, e-mail me and I’ll give you the author’s take on it . . .

QUICK NOTE TO READERS: As you’ll see from reading the comments below, a few copies of the book were messed up, with a couple of  chapters from another 5 Spot book bound in and replacing mine.  Yikes!  Most books are fine, but if you should happen to get a copy that has that problem, e-mail me and let me know where you bought it.  If you include your address, my publisher will mail you a free replacement copy.  Thanks!  (And sorry . . .)

And now the plot summary:

When Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend’s son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years. Now that still-single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once “engaged” to the Markowitz boy. But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava’s prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to Los Angeles where she stumbles across the decades-old document.
Frustrated and embarrassed by Ava’s constant lectures about financial responsibility (all because she’s in a little debt. Okay, a lot of debt), Lauren decides to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister’s childhood fiancé. When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice-divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to re-enter the Nickerson sisters’ lives, and always-accountable Ava is forced to consider just how binding a contract really is . . .