Love and Other Recreational Sports by John Dearie

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Love and Other Recreational Sports is bound to be the buzz at the beach this summer. The plot is charming, intelligent, humorous, and romantic. But the bonus, especially for women readers, is priceless: the inside track on male dating perspectives. What do they think the morning after? When does too early make you "easy" and too late make you "frigid"? And why, oh why, didn't he call?

Jack Lafferty is handsome, thirty-five years old, a successful Wall Street banker-and miserable. Years of navigating the carnival funhouse of the Manhattan dating scene have climaxed in wedding plans-plans that are destroyed when his fiancée cheats on him. Embittered, Jack has sworn off women. No way will he be snared again, not even by Sarah Mitchell, a bright and beautiful corporate attorney. But just when Jack's romantic torpor finally lifts and he falls for the sensational Sarah, disaster strikes, pushing her away and seemingly out of reach. Getting her back will require a move so bold, so daring, that the cautious Jack isn't sure he's up to the task. Until he stumbles into the surprise performance of his life.

About John Dearie

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John Dearie is managing director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, a not-for-profit organization that helps to build banking and financial systems in developing countries. This is his first novel.
Published June 30, 2003 by Viking Adult. 240 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set in glamorous old-school Manhattan locales—the Metropolitan Museum of Art, West Village apartments and Upper West Side cafes—the novel covers the usual bases, including a romantic moonlit ending and fawning descriptions of stylish women ("she was tall and sleek, with rich chocolate-brown hair ...

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Jack Lafferty, the narrator of this slender first novel, has good reason to swear off women: Three weeks before his wedding, his fiancée cheated on him.

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