Series: Do Over
Author: Julia Kent
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Source: Audible Escape
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 7 Hours 4 Minutes
Rating: 4 Stars!
It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.
The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.
My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true.
The magic of utilizing my Audible Escape subscription this year is that I’ve discovered a lot of great books that I wouldn’t have read otherwise. I’m really trying to read more new authors, and pick out books that I’ve either not heard a lot about, or fell off my radar. With Fluffy, I picked it because I liked the cover. I listened to the novella, Little Miss Perfect, first (and I highly recommend doing so as it really brought the story full circle) and then started Fluffy. And after the first 25 minutes I had tears running down my face from laughing so hard. I couldn’t stop!
Mallory is down and out. She’s out of a job, and her last unemployment check is in the bank. She’s desperate for a job, and when she sees the ad for a “fluffer” on Craigslist she thinks she’s found her new dream job. When she gets to the address she is given, hilarity ensues. While Mallory is still convinced she’s there to decorate and rearrange the house, her new employees are there for something completely hilarious. Every word spoken from this point forward, Mallory twists to fit the scenario in her head, while as the reader, you release how crazy the situation is getting. From that point forward, I couldn’t stop listening and this book quickly became one of my favorite new romantic comedies!
Mallory and Will were high school rivals, though Mallory carried a significant torch for Will. When she discovers he’s back in their hometown, she releases that maybe that crush she had back then didn’t really ever go away. Will is a little bit more mysterious about his feelings, but it didn’t take long before I fell in love with him. He was just a total sweetheart, and I loved his playful banter with Mallory, who was so naive about so many things (but in a hilarious, and adorable way)!
Overall, I thought Fluffy was a fun, fresh take on the classic rom com. Julia Kent created some amazing characters, who quickly found a new home on my favorites shelf!
Rating: 4 Stars!
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 5 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing in 2020.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire in a rom com).
She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where she is the only person with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.
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