Like a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovel...moreLike a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovely =)(less)
4.5 stars and a step up for a hot sip of summer romance comedy. Ahem.
"It wasn't that anyone was telling me I couldn't have it all. It was me saying g...more4.5 stars and a step up for a hot sip of summer romance comedy. Ahem.
"It wasn't that anyone was telling me I couldn't have it all. It was me saying good Lord, no, I can't have it all - and why the hell would I want to?"
I loved Wallbanger - it was silly and sexy and light and had me laughing throughout. It had, though, a taste of that bane of all romantic comedies, namely the clichés - the three best male friends vs. three best female friends coming together at a housewarming party and hooking up into three couples (mainly, but there were several other little ones as well). What saved Cocktail #1 from becoming a plastic pink fan-fiction was the author's style, the witty dialogue and the phone messages, the funny context in which these undergoing clichés were actually spun. And Clive. I had lots of fun with this book, gave it 4 out of 5 stars and was happy to see that a week later a second one would be shaken and stirred by KitchenAid-whielding Alice Clayton.
I loved Rusty Nailed - it was silly and sexy and light and had me laughing throughout, as well. It stepped up a notch by doing away with the clichés, even the three couples one in a way, which is impressive, considering this is a sequel. Clayton played with the couples in a way that made for laughs and still stayed true to the characters involved. The story also got a little more personal, a little bit deeper and less O-oriented while still retaining the hots and the laughs. I especially respect the author for not doing the before-the-end ultimate blowup in which a romantic comedy sees its heroine's work and life shattered into tiny-winy little pieces - I kept bracing myself for it while my kindle was showing me I was 60 - 80 % in, but the author created enough bumps without the blow (Thank you, Lord! Now if only other authors took to this, and maybe also to an avoidance of the love-triangles, but I'm getting greedy and side-tracked here). And I also am very happy with Caroline - she came out as a driven, professional, modern woman who neither whined nor became a martyr but remained real and moderate, who dealed with her problems and knew she could not have it all.
Except, she did get a Simon, so who's saying she didn't get it all?(less)
Really, I was expecting another Fifty Shades type, with more porn than plot, but there was so much fuss about this one going th...moreOkay, that was funny :D
Really, I was expecting another Fifty Shades type, with more porn than plot, but there was so much fuss about this one going through Goodreads, and with the rating so high, I had to check it out. Like Clive :D And yes, it has its faults and its roll-eye moments, but it has a plot (Yepee!) and the banter is delicious. The book may be light but the style of writing makes it come to life, proving that even light books deserve a good author. And as for the porn, it wasn't that saturated with it - the sexual innuendos were flying around like there was no tomorrow, in a very "sugary" way, but that was pretty much it for most of the book, allowing it space for lots of dialogue and development which so many other books lack.
So, if you are searching for a good at-the-beach read, a romantic comedy with lots of sparks, you might want to check this one out (then again, the snorts and fits of laughter it can produce can be a bad idea for a public place).(less)