Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're playing host to a TLC Book Tour starring a Contemporary Romance title that's recently landed on our shores from a UK bestselling author. After reading this work, I can certainly see why! (*adds other titles to wish list*) Before I get too far ahead of myself, allow me to introduce today's featured book of choice....
About the book...
Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.
After accidently answering her roommate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?
But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…
I gotta say it...I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Now, let me count the ways....
Quick summary, Tess is made redundant at her job (bummer, been there too), gives into the crush she's had on her male bestie for TEN YEARS (good grief!) only to get blown off, randomly gets a call from fate who sounds an awful lot like her flatmate's foul mouth agent, and several hours later, winds up in Hawaii with an assumed identity, new job, and a perfectly shaggable colleague with a reputation of his own. Aww, this is the life. Well, it could be, if it was her own and EVERYTHING wasn't threatening to come out into the great wide open?! Will a happily ever after be in her future? Only time will tell, but perhaps even greater than finding her true path will be her experience uncovering her true self? Something we all strive for and wish to find.
Tess is such a lovable, likable, and all around relate-able leading lady, most unlike the actual specimen we call Vanessa. (*glares at her flatmate*) She pulls out some SERIOUS big girl panties, the likes of which I've never seen nor am certain I could pull off, and makes her way through the bloody mess that her life has become one airline mile at a time. Then there's Vanessa, the ACTUAL Vanessa, who is a true skank if ever there was one, and that's not even talking about every dastardly deed SHE pulled! (It all comes out in the end.) Of course, we must mention Amy, Tess' bestie for life. She is the opposite of Tess in many ways but it makes them fit together all the more. I love her take-no-prisoners attitude and how she can't stand down when her friends are under attack, even if it IS by their own family. You go girl! Charlie is a total...unmentionable. Especially since my interpretation of some of the English words may be lesser in meaning than they are in actuality. Suffice it to say that if Tess told him to sod off I would support her fully...and the whole reappearance in the final chapters doesn't leave ME feeling warm and fuzzy. Then there's Nick (hubba hubba), Kekipi (not on my team but what a friend!), Al (I'll be next in line for him to be my stand-in grandpa), Artie (total arse), and of course, Paige (much better person than she initially seems...don't write her off too soon). I could go on and on and on but I think I've done that enough, don't you? ^-^
If you follow me on GoodReads, you may have noticed that I had a distinct lack of updates on my progress for this read due simply to the fact that I ended up wanting to quote something every other page! Seriously, I was an annoying nag to be around as I breezed through the pages because I was all...HEY! Listen to this!....or...You've GOT to read this, it's TOO FUNNY!. It didn't matter what the other person was doing, I simply had to share. Like just after Tess is given the boot from her job, she gets mugged in the park...or rather reverse mugged when the mugger feels bad for the muggee and gives her HIS cell phone to call a friend! Or how about Tess' adventures in Waikiki with Kekipi at the bar with the Australian dude...who TOTALLY deserved the kick in the jewels he ended up with! Or the time when Paige tried to call her out only to discover that...okay, so I can't reveal that one. How about my gut feeling being RIGHT when it came to TWO of the men in her life? NO, I can't tell you which too much I so totally nailed it on the one and was definitely swaying towards the other before any final rumbles came about. There is quite literally something to remember from each chapter, for better or worse.
In the end, a HIGHLY ENJOYABLE read for fans of Contemporary Romance that enjoy quirky characters you can find yourself in, tough spots to struggle out of, and good times to be had with every turn of the page. There's nothing negative I could say about this read except maybe that the ending leaves you waiting to find out....oh, never mind. If you read it, you'll see what I mean. *smirk*
About the author...
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Lindsey Kelk is a writer and children's book editor. When she isn't writing, reading, listening to music, or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes, and judge the shoes of others. Born in England, Lindsey loves living in New York but misses Sherbet Fountains, London, and drinking gin and elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.
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Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the chance to host this stop and the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the tour, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title reached its book birthday just last week, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time...happy reading!