I Did (But I Wouldn't Now)
Cara Lockwood
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I Did (But I Wouldn't Now)
Cara Lockwood
Downtown Press
336 pages
May 2006
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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Lily Crandell ‘s life is a mess. Married to rock star Ted Dayton for a year and a half, Lily is now in the midst of a very messy divorce. This is made worse by the fact that Lily attacked Ted when she discovered he was cheating on her, adding an assault charge to the mix. Eschewing her expensive lawyer’s advice, Lily flees the U.S. and the tabloids intent on airing every bit of her dirty laundry, heading to London, where her ex-boyfriend, now good friend, Carter lives. She plans to relax and take stock of her life in relative anonymity.

What seemed like a great idea (just like her marriage) quickly turns ugly. Carter’s soon-to-be-ex girlfriend turns out to be a bit crazy and starts stalking him. She breaks into their apartment and steals a few things, including Lily’s passport—which Lily "borrowed" from her sister Lauren. Can Lily find her way through the mess she has made of her life? Does she really want a divorce, or can she salvage the relationship?

I Did (But I Wouldn't Now) takes a few characters from Lockwood’s previous novel, I Do (But I Don't). It's fun getting to visit with Lauren and Nick again and get caught up with their lives. Lily’s wry attitude sets a perfect tone for this book; she never takes herself too seriously and never claims to be nice. Her antics (such as signing Ted and his manager up for porn and spam e-mails, prank-calling at all hours of the day and night) are totally hilarious and provide just the right amount of humor to lighten what could be a depressing topic.

For light chick lit, I Did (But I Wouldn't Now) is a sweet treat. But if you’re looking for any deep introspection or life-changing revelations, this isn’t the place to find it. Lauren, unfortunately, has not grown up or matured at all, despite having one child and being pregnant with a second. She’s still immature and insecure, which is not a good balance for Lily’s strife. Overall, I Did (But I Wouldn't Now) is a fluffy, light choice, lacking in substance yet still satisfying as a palate cleanser.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Melissa Parcel, 2006

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