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Must Love Otters

(Revelation Cove #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,750 ratings  ·  553 reviews
When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough flee to Canada…

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cas
ebook, 266 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by West 26th Street Press, NYC
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Dee Montoya
*****5++++ Otterly Awesome Stars*****

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened...

Warning, reading this book will cause you to laugh histerically from beginning to end, become obsess with all things baby otter and last but not least, it will make you want to book a flight to Canada in search of charming concierge guy Ryan. You should have seen the look on my husband's face when I told him I was going to Canada, it was priceless...

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Hollie is a 911 operator, she's not very happy wit
Hollie Porter is stuck in a rut.

Her boyfriend is an EMT who thinks he's some sort of cross between Patrick Dempsey and George Clooney. She hates her job as a 911 operator listening to the very worst of life. And she has no idea where she wants to be...but it isn't where she is.

The thing she really otters.


So when her father gives her a gift certificate to a spa and resort in British Columbia her first thought is she can see otters.

But her boyfriend is anything but pleased with th
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
What an idiot girl. I hated the main character, which is too bad because the other characters were good. You just want to punch Hollie throughout the book, and she only gets "redeemed" in the end because for some reason nobody ever gives up on her. ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
✰✰✰✰✰'s for Must Love Otters!

I never really cared much for Otters till I read this book. Goodbye, cute cat videos on youtube. Otters have replaced you! But this book isn't all about those cute little critters. It's about finding yourself: who you are, what you want to do with your life, and who you want to spend it with. (wink!) And, for Hollie Porter, it's time to make change happen for the better. There's never a dull moment in this laugh-out-loud, vivid, charming, romagical novel. (Yes, romag
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr, soon, now
I keep getting this book recommended to me and I read some quotes that had me laughing right out loud! Guess I'd better bump it up the list ;)

[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3 stars

Hollie is at a point in her life where she is a bit lost in life. Her boyfriend is a nutcase. Her job is unfulfiling and so she takes short spa trip away where she meets Ryan.

The first half of the book was a bit slow. I didnt like the plot with Roger. I wanted the book to focus on the romance with Ryan. When it did finally kick in, I wasnt covinced by the couple's feelings for one another.

I did like this. Ryan was a sweet hero but it wasnt enough to give 4 stars. There was a few funny
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C+

I picked this book up because I was in the mood for some humour and romance. I did enjoy many of the characterizations and settings. Since I was in Victoria at the time of reading, it was cool to read about the planes leaving from the Inner Harbor.

I found many parts quite funny. Unfortunately, the authors went overboard so things that might have been funny once, lost their appeal after the third or fourth time.(view spoiler)
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A quick read, funny, cute, fluffy, chick lit book.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

MUST LOVE OTTERS came highly recommended from a friend of mine, and I'm SO glad she suggested I give this book a try. Omigod, I laughed so hard, but I had to try to hold it in because I was shaking with laughter and didn't want to wake up my husband. I contemplated reading out in the living room but didn't want to leave my warm comfy bed. I had to wipe tears away! My chest ached fro
Romance of Daydreams
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely freaking loved this book. So funny. Sarcastically funny, which is totally me. I could easily see this as a movie. A romantic comedy. But, sorry ladies, no detailed sex scenes in this one.

Hollie, is a 911 operator and hates her life. She has as a lame-ass boyfriend, a crotchety old take-advantage-of-hollie's-inability-to-say-no neighbour, weird-ass troll collecting co-workers who have sex in the Uni-sex bathroom at work and a goat who literally wants to kill her when she visits her
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, e-book, romance
This book should come with a warning label that reads, "Don't eat or drink while reading," if you do, you do so at your own peril. There were so many times when I found myself laughing out loud and had I been drinking my nook would have been all wet.

Hollie's life was such a hot mess, I shouldn't have laughed at her, but I couldn't help it. Hollie's actions, plus her snarky sacrastic sense of humor drew me to her. I liked how she dealt with her life. I loved when, finally fed up with her life, sh
Little Butterfly
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I generally liked the book but the main character grated on my nerves. She made terrible, selfish choices and endangered Ryan's live more than once with them.
I hated how she commented on his crooked nose. All in all she did not deserve him one bit.
On a side note: Why did he have to be the rich & famous guy in the end? I would have liked it a whole lot better if he had stayed just a normal guy. He was sweet enough, he didn't need that turn.
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, romance, ok-book
So, YEAH.... mmmmhhhhhmmm. I don't know why I don't read the book blurbs better, I read so much based on the cover and the title... and here the title got me. OTTERS... what girl, old or young doesn't like the thought of otters?

Must Love Otters

I am not a fan of sappy romance novels... silly or not. BUT this one is silly, is funny, and for me, mostly dumb, but dumb in a good way, I guess. While I can't say that I hated it, I didn't. Of course, I didn't, it had otters. I did find much of it, based
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
This is one of those books that I’ve had sitting on my TBR for ages and finally pulled it out and after reading it wanted to slap myself for waiting so long!! Really enjoyable audiobook that made my commute feel short!
It’s fun (really funny!) and sweet romance. It was my first book by this author, but I can’t wait to check out more!
4.5 Stars!
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow this was so cute ❤️
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-galley
Sweet & Freakin' Hilarious!

Hollie Porter is stuck with a life that she really doesn't want. Her job, her co-workers, her boyfriend feel all wrong. Her father gifts her a vacation, and she uses this opportunity to get away from it all. Little did she know that making a call to the Revelation Cove resort to make arrangements for her stay there would ultimately change her life on many levels.

I loved Hollie from the start. She's quirky and authentic. She has her own brand of humor, a wild imaginatio
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elyse  Walters
Apr 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
"Alas, my vacation is over. In the wilds of British Columbia, I lost some blood, I lost some fear, and I found my heart."

As I read the above live in "Must Love Otters" ---I actually started speaking to the air in the room I sat. "THANK GOD" this girl has found her heart and her vacation is over; I'm thrilled to be almost DONE with this book!

It started out cute -funny- (one great scene). The potential went down fast for me.

If people liked it--(I respect all reading pleasure). I was bored most
Lady Heather
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemorary romance, sassy, smart women

5 Shiny-sassy-funny-as-hell stars!

Fantastic writing, characters, and story-line.

I LOVE this author's voice!

I can't wait to read more from this author.

Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Abandoning this book. I don't really care for the main character and Gordon's writing at times is a bit too snarky and overboard. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
funny but overall pretty average.
4.5 Enhydra Lutris stars!

This book was so good. I picked this one up at random from Kindle Unlimited list and had no expectations. I thought the title was cute and picked it up and loved it. The humor was the biggest USP. I was laughing for most of the book!

Hollie seemed to have selective love for animals though, she doesn't seem to be fond of domesticated ones (the Yorkies, the neighbor's cat or my personal favorite Mangala the goat! :D) but is deeply in love with wildlife creatures the orca
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Hollie is taking her father's gift of a paid vaca to a luxury resort in Canada after dumping her loser boyfriend of 2 years. Sure the rash plans were made while drunk off her butt, but sometimes those are the best times to make plans, right? Ok, maybe not. Only when she boards a dismal looking sea plane does she really start to regret this trip. Only when the door to the plane flies open midflight does she confirm that this was absolutely the worst idea ever. Only when she is having to scale dow ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars

I usually like quirky romantic comedy, but a couple things are essential: comedy and a likeable protagonist. This had little of either for me.

I spent most of the book disliking Hollie. She was immature, impulsive, and too often was TSTL. I truly couldn't understand how people ignored the idiocy and found it charming. While she did acknowledge her bouts of stupidity, it never seemed to stop her from finding new ways of embracing her inner moron. Just when I'd start to like her, she'd g
This book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasingly funny Ryan. (Even though I figured out most of his secrets, he was so sweet that I was rooting for him from the first time we met him.) and Hollie was a trip. She was so funny. She has such a big personality, but she manages to make it come off as endearing and not brash, so you can't help but fall in love with her.

I loved the resort setting and I
I was in the mood for a funny romance. I saw that many reviewers compared the whit of the heroine to the heroines in Penny Reid's romances. I am sad to say that for me, this story just bored me to death. I see how the heroine was supposed to be seen as funny, cute, and other things, but I just found everything boring.

The narrator, Romy Nordlinger, sounded a bit old to be the voice of the heroine. The heroine is supposed to be in her 20s, but the narrator sounded more like someone in her late 40s
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - 5 stars

I like to think of otters like dogs but wet and swimmers, shellfish lovers. They fascinated me when I was younger. I remember seeing some in before and fell in love. Maybe not on the same level as Hollie but I can get it. Same like her love for sea life. Mainly hilariously cute this book is also about a girl finding herself, finding out what she wants and doing it. May have took her a while and lots of mishaps to do it but she got there.

I don't know why this one didn't pull me in ri
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lendable
Hollie's life sucks. She works at a dead end job as a 911 dispatcher. Her coworkers are nuttier than a fruitcake. She lives in a crappy apartment with her boyfriend. A boyfriend that cares more about his dogs and his job than he does her. Hollie wants so much more than the life she has created.

Hollie's luck turns around one day when her dad gives her tickets to get away. A vacation to a resort in Canada is just what she needs. But trouble always seems to find Hollie which makes this vacation ve
Pitter Fucking Pattter - Talk about a sweet-Makes for perfect easy/light read

This book was not what I expected. I loved the humor and creative storyline. This read wasn’t a sappy romance in my opinion, but more about a journey of self-discovery. It was pretty tame in comaprison to my normal reads, but it was so charming it was easy to overlook. It was well written and very enjoyable throughout. I especially adored the heroines name ;) I read a ton of books a year and I do believe this is the fir
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a welcome reprieve from most of the books I read. No angsty drama. No back and forth. No manufactured drama. Plus, it was pretty hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. (And, I've always loved otters!) ...more
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A native of Portland, Oregon, Eliza Gordon (a.k.a. Jennifer Sommersby) has lived up and down the West Coast of the United States. Since 2002, home has been a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. 

When not lost in a writing project, Eliza is a copy editor, mom, wife, bibliophile, Superman freak, and the proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Ha

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