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ISBN# 978-0-373-89594-6/0-373-89594-1
November 2006
Red Dress Ink/Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Trade Paperback
314 pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Echo Brennan is a writer for a small arts paper. Her salary barely pays her rent and she desperately wants a job with the music magazine "Disc". Her live in boyfriend, a musician with writer’s block, has once again sabotaged her by making her late for an interview, and she explodes and kicks him out. He immediately gets over his writer’s block and records a hit album about all of her faults and insecurities, making her the most hated ex ever.

Matt Hanley is finally making it big due to his anger at Echo. He has a new apartment, new band, new career, and a new girlfriend, but he cannot forget Echo. He finally makes contact, but soon reads an interview in Disc that makes him angry all over again.

After dumping her musician boyfriend, Echo Brennan must overcome her new image to the world as the evil ex-girlfriend in Matt’s new hit album. She cannot get a date or a job, and her life is pretty miserable, until she decides to get over it and move on.

I could not help being totally sympathetic to Echo’s plight. Matt’s album is some payback for years of financial and emotional support. He literally contributed nothing to the relationship and actually kept her from moving on in her career, but after the break-up is pretty much immediately successful. It also does not help that he immediately replaces Echo with the weird bead girl. Echo has her faults, but she is a very strong, caring person. Her sister is a piece of work, very self-centered and controlling. She seems supportive, but is really never there for anyone. Alicia, Walt, and Jason are good friends and very quirky. I loved her father and especially the soon to be stepmother. She is very supportive and sees the situation objectively. Most importantly, she gives constructive criticism and seems to help most of all. Jack Mantis seems a pale neurotic version of Matt, but seems to come into his own after marrying Thalia. This is a book that the reader will not put down until the last page.

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