Once upon a time, “chick lit” captured women readers the way that erotica seems to be doing today. I went into a reading frenzy, to the point where the novels all started blending together. Now, a decade later, only a few authors stand out in my mind. One of them is Brenda Janowitz, and this week she is re-releasing her first two novels from that heyday. They’re written like great rom com movies, and I challenge you to read them without imagining Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, and Mathew McConaughey. If you didn’t catch these gems the first time around, don’t miss them now!
1. Scot on The Rocks by Brenda Janowitz
(Polis Books, March 11/$2.99) When her ex-boyfriend, Trip, gets engaged to Hollywood's latest It Girl, Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller plans to attend the wedding. Who says a modern girl can't stay friends with her ex? Besides, Brooke's got her sexy Scottish fiancé, Douglas, to take as her date. Okay, so maybe he's not exactly her fiancé, but they're living together in his apartment, so she'll be getting the ring any minute, right?
After a fight leaves her without a boyfriend (much less a fiancé) just days before the wedding, Brooke faces the ultimate humiliation of attending her ex-boyfriend's nuptials alone. Desperate to find a replacement to fill Douglas's kilt, Brooke concocts an outrageous plan to survive the wedding and win the man of her dreams, all with her dignity ever-so-slightly intact.
2. Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz
(Polis Books, March 11/$2.99)
Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…
A little pre-wedding 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.… or are they?
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.