Take My Husband, Please

An Unconventional Romantic Comedy

Romance - General
334 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2016
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Author Biography

Kimberly Jayne writes romantic comedy, humor, suspense, new adult, women's fiction, and dark fantasy. Her romantic comedies are unconventional, genre-busting tales about realistic, modern relationships. You'll laugh a lot, and you might even cry.

My feelings about writing can be summed up in a favorite quote from Robert Heinlein who quipped, “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” My thoughts may not always be clean, but my hands are.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Take My Husband, Please by Kimberly Jayne is a delicious romantic comedy surrounding the antics of a nearly divorced couple. Sophie and Will had been married for twenty-two years. When Will told her that he didn't love her any more, Sophie decided to get on with her life. She gets a job as a real estate rookie and begins dating Mitch, the hot real estate broker who is sponsoring her. Ironically, Will keeps getting in the way. He lost his job and, with his condo in escrow, he has no other place to live. Will living in the same house with Sophie is causing Mitch to have second thoughts about entering into a relationship with Sophie.

To assuage Mitch's misgivings that Will has feelings for her, Sophie makes a deal with Will. He has to go out on five blind dates of her choosing and he will receive something precious that he lost in a bet several years previously. He grudgingly goes through with the dates, only to find that women are crazy and Sophie looks good. Then the subtle sabotage begins. Sophie is at a loss as to how to deal with Will. Despite all her efforts to get Will out of her life and prove that they are over, she and Mitch keep stumbling over him at the most inopportune times. Will she never rid herself of Will?

Take My Husband, Please by Kimberly Jayne was a wonderful romance and a complete delight to read. The circumstances that Sophie gets herself into were hilarious. She had me in stitches throughout the whole book. I nearly fell out of my chair when she lost her bikini bottoms while wave boarding. I could sense the love/hate emotions between Sophie and Will as they struggled to maintain their choice of separation. The characters and their foibles were so real and normal that they were easily related to and quite entertaining. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good combination of comedy and romance.

Kayti Nika Raet

A tale of love lost and found, Take My Husband, Please is a madcap romantic comedy by Kimberly Jayne. With a divorce looming, Sophie Camden is ready for love, lust, freedom and fun, especially with hunky realtor Mitch Houdini. There's only one problem; Sophie’s husband and former '80s rocker insists on moving back in for a "few weeks" until he regains his financial footing. Will Camden has had a string of bad luck, from the death of his father to layoffs and poor investments that threaten to leave him homeless. Asking Sophie for help is the last thing he wants to do, especially once she finds out that the house may be part of the assets liquidated. All Sophie wants to do is date again, but the new guy is reluctant to do so with the old guy still in the house so, along with her friends, Sophie hatches a mad-cap scheme to get Will on five blind dates. Can she get Will out of her hair and get on with her new love life? Or will her husband's presence stir up some old embers once more?

Take My Husband, Please by Kimberly Jayne is an amusing yarn with memorable characters as well as memorable antics of hilarity. It seems like the louder Will and Sophie claim to dislike each other the more times they appear in each other's company. This is not your typical romantic comedy - the players might be a little older and divorcing instead of single, but Jayne manages to put a fresh spin on an old theme. And she keeps the gags coming. Literally, the Camdens, in their own words, are a family of barfers. Even the cat! A quick, fun read of love lost and found in the most unexpected of places.

Mamta Madhavan

Take My Husband, Please: A Romantic Comedy by Kimberly Jayne is a fun read that revolves around the story of Will and Sophie Camden. Will blames himself for their divorce, and now wants to be a better father to his two kids and regain his financial footing after suffering setbacks in his job. Sophie loses a bet and begrudgingly has to act as a kind of matchmaker for Will, and after some coaxing from a friend, she decides to have a little fun with him in the process.

The story is a fun and light read and will keep readers laughing till the very end. The two flawed characters, Will and Sophie, have been portrayed well and they are relatable and palpable to readers with their personalities and behaviors. The author blends romance, humor, and drama into the plot with mastery, and the unusual twists and turns make it an entertaining read. The narration is descriptive, making the scenes vivid for readers.

Though light and funny, the story is real and authentic, and the supporting characters also complement the main characters nicely. Readers will find themselves smiling as they are reading. The story exposes modern day relationships very well - friends, lovers, career, family, heartaches, and flirtations. The plot is perfect for a romantic comedy movie and will definitely entertain audiences with its humorous story line and characters.

Deborah Lloyd

Sophie and Will Camden have come to the end of their marriage, with their divorce only weeks away. Will just lost his job and has accrued major financial debt. He asks Sophie to allow him to move back into their home until he can get back on his feet. While their little girls, Keely and Annabelle, are thrilled to have Daddy back home, many complications arise. Sophie is struggling to make a living selling real estate and has a new guy in her life, the handsome, rich and sexy Mitch Houdini. Old friends who are also divorced, Tess and Jake, add to the mix. At the same time, the possibility of Will regaining ownership of his most beloved guitar, Ursula, adds to the convoluted mess. All Will has to do is go on five dates to win Ursula back again. The hilarious entanglements create a delightful romp in Take My Husband, Please by Kimberly Jayne.

Sometimes a reader simply wants to be entertained; this book is a fun and humorous read that will lighten up the day. Author Kimberly Jayne is a skilled and savvy writer as she describes the antics of Sophie and Will Camden in Take My Husband, Please. Sophie and Will may become the modern-day (romantic and sexy) version of Lucy and Ricky! Ms. Jayne’s writing is fast-paced, witty and unexpected; there are numerous twists and turns in her plot, making it difficult to put the book down. The story is simply provocative and hilarious. The best part is this: the story ended in such a way that a sequel may be in the works.

Michelle Randall

What is a woman to do when she is trying to move on with her life, but her husband has yet to sign the divorce papers, and now has shown up in her house without a place to live? For Sophie, the choice is to try to fob him off onto another woman so that she can move on with her life. Trouble is that Will does not want to move on as much, and he has some deep secrets that could spell major trouble for Sophie if she finds out about them, so he is willing to go along with her dating scheme just to keep his secrets. Take My Husband, Please is a contemporary romance story of two sets of best friends, their failed marriages, divorces, and friendships. Although there is some humor throughout, it is more a realistic look at modern dating when divorced. Author Kimberly Jayne creates a wonderful set of characters that are engaging and worth reading about.

Take My Husband, Please is adult fiction, definitely rated for the more mature crowd and not for younger readers, but it does hit upon a number of things that the divorced single mother, back in the dating game, is going to encounter. While the characters are engaging and the banter light-hearted, it is more of a humorous look at life than a romance in the true sense. Every time Sophie or Will seems to be getting to a point of interest on a date, something ironic or out of the blue totally ruins the moment, and so it isn't the sizzling romance that you might expect. Good, light reading to get you laughing a little and not thinking, which we all need sometimes.