BOOK REVIEW: The Trouble with Mr. Pretty by Sonia Stanizzo

Title: The Trouble with Mr. Pretty
Author: Sonia Stanizzo
Publication: August 19, 2017
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Genre: Romance
Pages: 270

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

When the man you want to avoid is the one you really want, trouble is sure to follow.

Gift shop owner Lauren Moore’s motto is ‘never trust a pretty face.’ Following a disastrous affair with a handsome celebrity, she’s vowed to never fall for anyone like him again.

But when Australia’s sexiest ex-football player, Jack Henderson, barges into her shop late one night, displaying all the charismatic characteristics she wants to avoid, Lauren is unwillingly drawn to his seductive good looks and bad-boy smile.

When Lauren is forced to accept a job offer from Jack to pay her blackmailing sister, Jack shows her that he is more than just a pretty face. But as the two grow closer, Lauren remains resistant to Jack’s attempts to break down the barriers around her heart.

Can Lauren let go of the past and trust in love again?


Last year I was asked to read a book for this author.  I read it and absolutely loved it.  After reading it I went on Goodreads and saw that she had another book… The trouble with Mr. Pretty.  I immediately put it on my to be read list and moved on.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I just finished reading another book by her.  After finishing it I promptly went on Amazon and bought the Mr. Pretty book.  I couldn’t wait to read it and when I found an open spot between books I started it.  

First of all, it took me about half the book to realize the two best friends in this book are the ones the other two books are about.  Felt like a complete idiot when I finally figured that out.  Don’t know why I didn’t catch it sooner.  Lauren runs a little shop called Everything Nice.  Filled with a little bit of everything.  From candlesticks to sexy lingerie. One day after she closes she hears a knock on the door.  It’s a Mr. Pretty.  Which is strange that she noticed because she never notices them.  It turns out to be Jack the son of one of her best clients.  The book from this point on was one giggle after another.  The way the author wrote their romance and interaction felt believable.  Sometimes the author writes the romance in such a way that it is way out of the realm of possibility.  

My heart clenched when I read about Lauren giving birth to a still-born baby.  Being a mother of 3 with my youngest just getting ready to turn 4 I know first hand the love that you have for children and the worry that they will be ok during birth.  This storyline that appeared several times in the character’s story had me blinking back tears each time and hugging my children a little closer after.  After realizing that each of the books she has written is about a different friend in the group, I may have to go back through and reread them so I can find out new little tidbits from each of the girls.  I can’t wait to see what else the author will write.  I will be waiting!!


Pick up your copy of The Trouble with Mr. Pretty by Sonia Stanizzo on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Also check out author Sonia Stanizzo on her website HERE and ou reviews of her other books Trouble in Disguise and Chasing Trouble.

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