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The Bad Boyfriends Boot Camp - Poppy Dolan (2012)

Molly has always been close to her brother Sam and can't help but give him some big sisterly advice from time to time. When yet another of Sam's romances ends, Molly decides to train Sam in how to be a good boyfriend. The outcome of her training is that Sam meets, falls in love with and gets engaged to the gorgeous Iris. Molly then prides herself on a job well done and as her current entrepreneurial escapade is stagnant and with debts to pay, especially to her highly successful businesswoman of a mother, Molly hits on the idea of marketing what she has done for Sam to a few other lonely hearts. Sam has several friends who are keen for advice and so with best friends Rachel and Josie on hand to provide wardrobe assistance and fitness conditioning, the concept of the Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp is born. This is a great debut novel which will keep you entertained and involved right to the last page. (LM)



The Bad Boyfriends Boot Camp, by Poppy Dolan, is about a woman who helps men redesign themselves as a more attractive package. The synopsis says: "Molly loves her little brother Sam, but it seems other women just don't feel the same . . . Sam's average relationship lasts seven weeks. And that's when he really tries. So Molly decides to give Sam the woman's point of view in the complicated game of dating. And when a freshly made-over Sam quickly meets - and keeps - the love of life, his desperately single friends are soon lining up to experience Molly's Bad Boyfriends' Bootcamp. For Molly, whose dot-com business combusted into a dot bomb disaster, it presents a whole new profit-making opportunity. She's providing a valuable service to these witless blokes, after all. Together with best friend and local fashionista Rachael and the gorgeous but deadly gym instructor Josie, Molly is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to reforming bad boyfriends. Fixing other people's problems also provides Molly with a handy distraction from her own. Namely, an over-achieving mother, a sparse love life and a very sorry-looking overdraft. Add into the mix Sam's best friend Patrick, who seems oddly immune to Molly's makeover techniques but determined to hang around nonetheless, and it soon becomes one problem too many."

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