Andrew Edgar Conner, heretofore known as “Ace”, once upon a time was a fairly famous published author; now, not so much. He just lost his girlfriend (or rather she left him, just don’t remind him too often as he doesn’t live on the first floor if you know what I mean), is waning from the public eye, and…he’s late for work. Normally a catastrophe, for him it’s merely another speed bump in the day for you see, he’s the owner of the business…and not just any business. (Can you guess? I’ll give you three guesses and two of them are gone.) He is the proud owner of…a bookshop. Yep, that’s right! Be still my bookish heart.
Let’s take a quick run down on Ace. He’s a once published author with loads of potential. Owner of a bookshop with two typical employees full of snark, wit, and at the heart of it all, bookish souls with goodness to spare (despite “Pantera’s” boasts…hehe…still can’t say the nickname without laughing). Let’s see, what’s not to like here? Beats me, and it seems that Hannah is of the same opinion. What starts out as an unwilling semi-blind date (as Hannah is actually the cousin of his best friend’s wife…did I lose ya?) turns into something bigger than either one of them could have expected. A lot can happen in a second, let alone 10,080 of them. The next week should be pretty interesting…
Why? Well, to put it simply, it was really good and that tends to put me in a situation where I don't know exactly what to say because you want to say everything...know what I mean? *deep breath* Here we go...
Let’s address the title first because to be honest that combined with the cover image have generated many a false impression about the book….much to my surprise too since I thought the title was quite catchy with its pun-filled humor, but I digress. The title is just that…a pun…and despite whatever lewd or gutter dwelling images it may draw forth from some minds, it plays a relatively small role in the novel. That’s right. It actually appears in the novel. Go figure…since so many titles today simply serve as a “name”, never to be seen again until such time as to quote from the book or recommend it to another reader. There, that’s said…let’s move on…
Written from a male perspective…I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. I mean its not YA nor is it a crime/detective novel so I had nothing to base my initial character decisions on except a small excerpt and a feeling. Sometimes those are the best things to rely upon when approaching a new read. (Am I right?) After reading the first page (which I generously over shared on this teaser post), I KNEW I had little to fear…or at the very least my bookish nature was going to be in good hands.
Trust me, she’s an exception. *shakes head* Ace is the star of the show but even though he plays narrator and his life is the main backdrop for the story, his friends and (quirky) neighbors (...hello, a “haiku-speaking, flower-shop-owning ninja? Bet ya haven’t seen THAT before…) lives share the spotlight as well.
Take Brian and Valerie, his fellow bookshop employees. Between the three of them, I can’t tell you how many times I was laughing, or smiling despite my reading location (yeah, not so good to start laughing out loud in a quiet break room…nope…gets ya some crazy looks). Can’t say that I don’t identify with Valerie …cuz I do…and let’s just say that Brian reminds me of a few bookish coworkers who shall remain nameless (but you know who you are). Hannah on the other hand is no holds barred with her attitude and opinion, but that’s what makes her who she is. She’s ready to have fun with Ace for all the right (not “write”) reasons but always at the ready to deliver a swift kick in the pants to move things along.
Trust me, despite the prolific drinking, it is totally a party that anyone (*raises hand*) would love to be invited to. The guests have to come dressed in costumes…CLEVER costumes; some of which are too funny and all of which are original (that’s all I shall say about that…leave it as a surprise for you to discover).
Readers of a certain age (*raises hand*) will love the Zac Morris references (if you have to ask me who that is….don’t bother, there’s no hope; just smile and nod…) as well as other trips down entertainment past lane. Writers will flinch at where Ace discovers his book in a local store…not on the top seller’s shelf either….as well as feel for the folks in the writer’s support group he ends up being roped into.
The problem? The chapters are broken down into the days of the week. So you have a 268 page book broken down into 9 chapters or approximately 30 pages each. While not excruciatingly long, still lengthier than most; it works, especially with the story flow, but shorter ones make a book easier to digest (in my opinion). But hey…I mean that was the only downside (to me), so I can totally live with that.
Until next time…happy reading!