The selfish sister of an uptight chick-lit heroine gets her own book.
In this sequel to 2003’s I Do (But I Don’t), which was made into a Lifetime TV movie, Lockwood gives the spotlight to the rebellious and irresponsible sister of Lauren, the wedding planner heroine of the previous book. When this one opens, black sheep Lily Crandell is on a plane to London, having left her rock-star husband Ted Dayton after finding him making out with an actress in a bar. So Lily’s hopping across the pond for some R&R with ex-boyfriend Carter (they are now strictly platonic). For Lily, ending it with Ted proved messy: Not only did she knee him in the crotch at the bar, resulting in an assault charge, but afterwards, she charged $40,000 to his credit card, advertised his cell and home phone numbers on a billboard and stole her sister’s passport in order to travel. As Lily repeatedly says, “I may, quite possibly, be a bad person.” But given the laundry list of unctuous offenses attributed to Ted, it’s unlikely that many readers will hold her occasionally deranged behavior against her; chalk it up to the spunk of a good Texas girl. London proves no less drama-ridden than Austin, with Lily landing right in the middle of a psychotic relationship between quailing Carter and his deranged stalker girlfriend (and boss). Although she’s trying to act responsibly for once (except for that whole losing-her-sister’s-passport thing), by staying well away from Ted and even volunteering at the hospital where Carter works, Lily lands back in the tabloids with little difficulty. Though occasionally bereft of imagination, Lockwood’s tale builds nicely to a slapstick finale—a marked improvement over her first time around.
No great shakes, but at least this one has bar fights, psycho exes, drug use and a constantly urinating dog to keep up reader morale.