You Dropped A Blonde On Me is a hysterical look at one woman’s struggle to regain her self-esteem after being dumped by her rich older husband for a twenty something replacement. Dakota Cassidy is well known for her humorous writing style and sharp use of dialogue in her paranormal books and she’s brought that voice to her new romantic comedy series for Berkley Sensation. This is the first book in her Ex-Trophy Wives Series, currently planned for three books.
Maxine Cambridge is going through a difficult time in her life, she found out her two timing husband was having an affair with his twenty something receptionist courtesy of a newspaper article and now both she and her son are living with her mother, Mona, in her mother’s retirement village. She’s broke, fighting off a nasty ex in a divorce from hell, and trying to get a job to put food on the table. Problem is Maxine has no job skills for the current market, no training for anything other than being a trophy wife and super low self-esteem, courtesy of the ex from hell. She can’t even get a job at the local Cluck-Cluck Palace and is reduced to walking dogs and scooping their poop for cash. Her self-esteem is at an all-time low.
Campbell Barker used to go to school with Maxine when she was Maxine Henderson, Beauty Queen. Running into her at the local Cluck-Cluck Palace was a pleasant surprise; he thinks she’s still beautiful, smart and funny like she was in high school when he had a crush her. Maxine notices that Campbell has changed a lot since school, he’s no longer the geeky math and science nerd, he’s grown up and is off the scale hot. He can’t understand why Maxine thinks so lowly of herself and is determined to prove to her that she still has what it takes.
The scenes with Maxine and Campbell are very well written and funny. They have the perfect physical and verbal chemistry to develop a great relationship and the author really highlights that. We get to see Maxine grow throughout the book and learn that she is the one who determines her worth and that only she has can give that power away and reclaim it. We also get to see just how perfect Campbell is for her.
The author did a wonderful job with the secondary characters, I especially loved Mona, Maxine’s mom, a funny senior citizen and a wonderful mother who believed in her daughter, Connor, Maxine’s son, who stood by his mom throughout the entire book and showed that doing the right thing is more important than having expensive toys at his disposal, Len, Maxine’s best friend and pivotal to the plot in several ways, and I even appreciated Finley Cambridge, Maxine’s despicable soon to be ex, who made hating him a breeze.
The conclusion of the story is excellent and justice will be served on all of those who’ve wronged Maxine throughout the book. The ending leaves you very happy with Maxine’s situation and with the woman she’s become. I look forward to the next book in this series, Burning Down The Spouse, release date unknown at this time.
A delightful new romantic comedy from an author who "never disappoints."* (New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson)
She was the perfect party-planning, haute-to-the max trophy wife. Now Maxine Cambridge is broke, unemployable and living with her mother and teenage son in a retirement village, with her self-esteem kicked to the curb.
Until her geeky former classmate Campbell Barker returns, all grown-up- and off-the-scale smokin' hot. Campbell refuses to believe Max isn't that smart, funny girl he's crushed on since high school. The more Max tries to show him he's wrong, the more she rediscovers her long-retired mojo. Now, she's ready to throw down some payback on her ex-life and fight for what she deserves...