Coffee Time Romance & More







ISBN# 0-7582-1570-3
January 2007
Kensington Publishing Corp.
850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
$14.00 U.S./$20.00 Canada
352 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Jacquelyn ‘Jacqs’ Sanchez has good news and bad news. The good is her new job as a personal assistant to the mayor’s wife in San Francisco, the bad having to tell her parents the news along with the fact that she and her husband are divorcing, when actually they are already divorced. Momma Mea, what is a girl to do especially when her mother does not take it easy and her father is having a fit because the batteries are dead inside his TV remote and he cannot change the channel.

Jacqs never imagined when she left her home in L.A. then graduated from Berkeley, all the chaos that she would be confronted. Her marriage to Nate was a history that would never be and left a void in her heart. Just the thought of working side by side with Mrs. Mayor, or Katherine, was an upbeat adventure in her life, one she hopes to be able to get her foot into the door of politics. She felt it was the opportune time to make her dreams happen until distractions pounded on her door.

A new job, new friends and different events working alongside Mrs. Mayor, even down to having the woman remove her underwear and hand it to Jacqs because of panty lines showing through her dress were little perks that Jacqs became accustomed. She quickly learns that life is not mundane while working with the Mayor’s wife. Along the way, she has her own stumbles as she begins dating men that turn out to be a bit incongruous. Going through her divorce had been a bit painful and now trying to circulate and mingle once again is nothing like she anticipated. The more she tries to spin with the new job, her friends have a way of distracting especially when romance hits the air, and when her ex suddenly finds someone else to fill his nights and days and decides to remarry, Jacqs begin to wonder will she ever find that happily ever after in her lifetime.

First off, I love the way Underneath It All is compiled. It reminded me of a diary the way the chapters are formed. Jacqs is an enchanting character full of spit and vinegar trying to find that one thing in her life that really sparks. She has such a variety of friends and co-workers that really lend creativity to the story. I could almost visualize the setting each time she spoke to her mother and father. Ms. Candela takes some often dramatic situations and turns them into delightful funny moments with dialogue that is laugh out funny. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. It was almost like Ms. Candela took a hold of my hand and just allowed me to walk with her through every segment. Brilliantly shaped, witty as all get out, and a mirage of characters that leave some lasting impressions, this is an implausible read!

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