Unsticky Wait. What the heck is unsticky? Interesting title for sure but it seems I may have missed the hidden meaning. The title might be convoluted, but the book was straightforward, and an easy read. Interesting enough to hold my interest, but I was able to put it down.

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Unsticky by Sarra Manning. High fashion, high art, high expectations—this is Pretty Woman for the twenty-first century. And, more importantly: whatever happened to love? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.

Grace Reeves , James Vaughn. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unsticky , please sign up. Susy I know right. Each time I read this I wish there was a second part. Susy I wish there was another book with these characters, to delve more deeply into their psyches. See all 5 questions about Unsticky….

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Unsticky. Feb 21, Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , bibliocrack , belovedbookshelf. I'm still just a little bit protective of my feelings over this book. Do you ever feel that way after finishing a book that completely threw you for a loop in the very best way? I feel distinctly protective of our relationship, the book and I.

I'm still mulling over the way things ended on my lunch break and as I lie in bed waiting to fall asleep. Because it took me by such surprise, and because I fell in love with it so fast and hard, I'm just not at all sure I'm ready to talk about the exper I'm still just a little bit protective of my feelings over this book.

Because it took me by such surprise, and because I fell in love with it so fast and hard, I'm just not at all sure I'm ready to talk about the experience. But enough of my book reviewing eccentricities. I've held onto my feelings long enough and it's time to let them see the light of day. This is my first foray into Sarra Manning 's body of work and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to find out for myself what the rest of you have been going on about. For those of you not familiar with her work, Ms.

Manning is known for her contemporary young adult titles, which have been published on both sides of the pond. This is her first contemporary adult title and it, unfortunately, it's only available in the UK. I seriously ordered it that very day and looked forward to its arrival in my mailbox each day after that. A side note: I do love reading a novel that's never been edited for an American audience.

I get lost in the wonderful wording and in the different sensibility that seems to pervade the whole. Definite bonus factor here. Grace is having a bad 23rd birthday.

Make that a very bad birthday. Her boyfriend decides it's a good idea to dump her in the handbag section of her favorite department store on her birthday and then storm out in a huff of seriously dubious righteous indignation when she doesn't handle it with the utmost grace and decorum. But things get even weirder when she is shortly spirited out of the shop by an unidentified male who seems both appalled at her tears and bent on absconding with her to have a drink.

Monumentally confused and emotionally wrung out, Grace gets as far as sitting down at a table with the mysterious Vaughn before her common sense kicks in like a champ and she beats a path out of there.

But it's not the last she's heard of Vaughn. He has a proposition for her that involves a six-month stint of playing the role of his girlfriend at a series of high-profile art soirees in exchange for, well, cold hard cash. Appalled and offended, Grace has no intention of accepting his outrageous offer. But then she gets to thinking. Her life hasn't exactly been coming up roses lately.

She's massively, massively in debt due to a pesky habit of binge shopping whenever things get too grim. And things get grim pretty often, what with soaring credit card bills, her demeaning and thankless job in the fashion industry she loves, and her inability to extend a meaningful relationship beyond the three-month mark. And so it is with much trepidation and not a little bit of terror that she accepts Vaughn's offer, signs a contract, and enters a whole new world. There's no denying it.

I just. I just could not tear my eyes away from this story for the entire pages of the book. Something about Grace and Vaughn immediately dug into my character pleasure center and made a home there. They were so real, so horribly, horribly isolated from the world around them. And it was incredibly gratifying to watch them come to grips with both the extremely unpleasant and the achingly beautiful aspects of their own realities, when forced to see them through the lens of the other's perspective.

Especially as they hailed from diametrically opposite worlds and there is little to no incentive to be anything other than brutally honest when your "relationship" is built on the most unsentimental and mercenary of contractual terms.

Honestly, there was just so much pain, possibility, and ruthlessly reined in emotion lying between these two that I was an absolute goner.

All I could do was watch in exquisite agony as they hurt each other and misunderstood each other and loved each other over and over again until something had to give. I was so involved it almost didn't matter to me what that something was or how it ended. Of course it mattered to me. Happens that I love it for its ending as well. Though I as always seems to be the case could have done with a teensy bit more in the way of declarations.

But that's me. Part modern-day Pretty Woman, part up close and personal, present-day Pygmalion, it's a winner in my book. If you're a sucker for immeasurably flawed characters, blistering romance, and vintage clothing, then this is the book for you. View all 8 comments. Feb 10, Keertana rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , kick-ass-heroines , teary-eyed-reads , rainy-day-re-reads , favorites , swoooon , books-that-linger , beautiful-prose.

It's not often that a book takes me completely by surprise. And yet, despite knowing what was to come, I was continuously blown away by this novel; by its charm, by its wit, by its complex characters, by its intriguing dialogue In fact, it's safe to say that Sarra Manning had me completely be-spelled.

Manning's no It's not often that a book takes me completely by surprise. Manning's novels are always un-put-down-able, but this story had an ethereal quality all of its own. I dare you not to fall in love with this book; it's one challenge you won't even want to attempt. I won't lie: the premises of Unsticky is, well, sticky. Grace, the protagonist of our tale, is massively in debt, working for the fashion-world and being massively underpaid , and simply cannot keep a relationship going longer than three months.

After being dumped - yet again - on her birthday, Grace is dragged off by Vaughn, a rich older man who tries to make her day a little brighter. It's not the last she'll see of Vaughn, though.

In fact, the smooth-talking stranger who is loaded with money , has a proposition for Grace: to become his girlfriend for six months, accompanying him on ventures to sell art.

Grace, initially aghast at the lowly prospect of being paid to both spend her time with and have sex with this man, slowly begins to change her mind on the issue. After all, with her life stuck in a rut and her bills only piling higher, what does she have to lose?

And, just as Grace hopes, Vaughn's proposition does change her life around. For better or for worse, she's still not entirely sure I'm going to get straight down to it: Sarra Manning takes a seemingly taboo topic and makes it work.


Book Review – Unsticky by Sarra Manning

I was weirdly emotional when I read this book, so this rating is probably influenced by that fact. I liked that Grace and Vaughn were real people. Grace wasn't super model gorgeous with the body of a It deserves more, in my opinion, for how it made me feel and the height of the different emotions I went through. I immediately fell in love with this book Sarra Manning.



Money makes the world go round - that's what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in a grind where everyone's ahead apart from her, she's partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. If she's dumped by another rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else at her cut-throat fashion job, or chased by any more bailiffs, Grace suspects she'll fall apart So when older, sexy and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she's intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy's arm-candy?


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