“The Trouble With JJ had an interesting basis of opposites attract, but the make lead was a bit too cliche and the female lead was a bit too strident.
Glenna Hastings is a teacher who lives next door to JJ Hennessy, a famous pro football player. And he is a player in more than just football definition. His interest in Genna appeared to be sparked by her seeming indifference at times and outright hostility for him at other times. So because women normally fall for him he sets out to reel Genna in. Genna doesn't like his unorthodox way of dressing, his strange haircut, his fascination with pink flamingoes in his yard or the mannequin who resides on his porch.
I tried to overlook some of the irritating dated pop culture references because this book was written in 1988, but there were some JJ mannerisms like "boogeying" across the floor that just set my teeth on edge. He was, at times, almost a caricature of a romance hero with his overt flirty "I am God's gift to women" attitude. As for Genna, she was just so belligerent and mean at times that I couldn't figure out why JJ was pursuing her other than as another notch on the bedpost.
The Trouble With JJ was a very quick book to read, but I just couldn't seem to dredge up one iota of liking for either Genna or JJ.”
“This was a fun book to read; there were times I found myself ready to laugh. It is one of the first books Tami Hoag ever wrote, but it was enjoyable. ”Adair wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kindle”Janet H wrote this review Monday, March 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ridiculous.”Angela L wrote this review Sunday, November 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“‘The Trouble with J.J.’ was the first book written by Tami Hoag and its quite a departure from the novels by her that I am used to. This was a fun, light romantic comedy.
It was also written in the late 1980’s and that was a lot of fun to read about what was considered good looking, and the fashions.
The story itself was lighthearted and fun. Genna and J.J. were a great couple with good chemistry and J.J.’s little girl was too cute.
A sweet read.
“Cute funny light read :)”*Lena* wrote this review Friday, November 20, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cut read, very predictable.”P. Miles wrote this review Friday, August 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I reviewed this at AAR and gave it a B.
“This was a really cute book. It was a nice light funny romance. I really enjoyed it.”Debra V wrote this review Saturday, June 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“J.J. is a star quarterback who, even before his divorce, never lived a "normal" life. So he bought a house in the 'burbs, planted his pink plastic flamingos, and set about trying to win his lovely next door neighbor, a kindergarten teacher with no interest in an arrogant, uncouth, loudmouthed playboy. Only he's not; unpretentious Gemma finds a man intrigued by an ordinary woman who isn't a gold-digger, a father trying to make a good home for his small daughter, and a sincere lover trying to leave his playboy days behind him.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, unbeknownst to many of her readers, Tami Hoag began her career with light romance books. The Trouble with J.J. was one of the first and it's been re-published in print and audio. I was delighted with the story, the way it was read by narrator Deanna Hurst, and found it sexy and charming all the way through. Knowing how the author's career has evolved makes it that much more fun.
Posted by Barbara Vey on www.PublishersWeekly.com/BeyondHerBook blog 06/10/09”