Novella Review: On His List by Wendy Sparrow



On His List (Entangled Flirts)

May Contain Spoilers


ZOMG, I really enjoyed this novella, and I will use a word to describe it that I typically avoid because it is so over-used.  On His List is adorable.  I loved the uptight Owen, and worried that his OCD would prevent him from seeing how perfect Remy would be for him.  Would he look past her unplanned, spontaneous exterior to the caring woman lurking under the flashy clothes and oh so not sensible shoes?  Could he get beyond her list defacing ways?

When Remy’s brother is too sick to go to work, she’s forced to take his place.  On her day day off.  Their  apartment has been broken into, yet again, and their rent money and their cheap DVD player are stolen.  With the landlord threatening to evict them, and worse, threatening to “work things out” with Remy, she has no choice but to give up her much needed day of rest.  She’s been warned to be on her best, most silent behavior, and above all, to never touch Owen Savoy’s belongings.  Like, as in, never.  Remy, being Remy, promptly breaks every rule her brother has outlined for her day of chauffeuring the eccentric, extremely precise Owen around town.

On His List is another great story featuring polar opposites.  Not only are their personalities as different as day and night, but their economic backgrounds couldn’t be further apart as well.  Remy is a paycheck to paycheck kind of girl, and every time she manages to squeak ahead, something catastrophic happens to push behind again.  Owen has made a fortune young, and he’s working at growing his investments, precisely and on schedule.  He doesn’t do anything without  a plan, and he is a huge proponent of making lists.  Even his list creation behavior is peppered with rules.  Lists must have more than two items; ten is best.  He neatly folds up the wrappers from his fast food burgers, and always puts everything in its place.  Always!  He is quiet, and intense, and oh so reserved.  Disorganized, live for the moment Remy is like a tsunami crashing into his well-ordered life.

I loved these characters, and I felt a connection with Remy.  She is doing the best she can to stay afloat, but life isn’t fair, and some landlords are creepy, creepy, creepy.  Even though she’s promised her brother that she’ll be on her Best. Behavior. Ever! she can’t stop being herself.  At first Owen reacts as though she’s a carrier of the zombie virus, but after a few hours of her not silent, restless company he begins to wonder if he needs a brand new list – one with Remy on it.  Her reaction to his burst of spontaneity is priceless, and it’s a good thing they have a HEA, because I don’t think Owen would have recovered from his exposure to Remy!

In a nutshell, On His List is quirky and endearing, perfectly matching the fun characters.

Grade:  A-

Review copy provided by publisher

From Amazon:

"Where can I take you, Mr. Savoy?"

That was how Remy Maison’s day began, not the glamorous world of guarding underwear from her creepy landlord on laundry day, but taking her brother’s place as driver for businessman Owen Savoy. And what was with this guy? Yeah, he’s hot and all, with eyes like melted chocolate and a lean, sexy figure she’d love to explore, but Remy’s never met anyone so rigid.

Owen has a list for everything. He’s planned the entire day down to the smallest detail. All Remy has to do is stick to the list, but she never follows the rules—there’s no freaking way. So why is she spending all her time looking in the rearview mirror, hoping she’ll make Owen’s next list?