Friday, November 30, 2012

I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

5 Star

Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York -- and it's starting to love her back. But when she's summoned home to England, she's at risk of losing her shiny new life to rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time. There's Mark, the ex-boyfriend -- who she ran to New York to get away from. There's Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby. And there's her mum, still talking to her as though she's fifteen. Now there's a wedding in the offing -- and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one...Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self

Lydia - 5 Star

Lindsey Kelk is like a fine wine. Every new novel she writes is more satisfying and delectable. She keeps getting better and better. I absolutely adored I Heart London. It's fun, incredibly witty and I scoffed so hard during this rollercoaster read on the subway that I thought someone would have me committed.

I'm having a hard time putting my finger on exactly why I Heart London and I Heart Vegas were my most favourite in this five book series. I suspect its because Angela is growing up and the issues she faces are more real and relatable to me than all the expensive shoes and designer clothes. And although she still has a designer bag, has amusing antics and gets herself into silly situations, they're diminished somewhat as all of her relationships move to the forefront in this novel.

I loved watching Angela's angst at introducing Alex, now her fiance, to her parents for the first time. I adored her parents and I think one of my favourite aspects of this novel is how her relationship with them is examined and how it grows over the course of the book. And not just her relationship with them, but with her two BFF's who meet for the first time leaving Angela to navigate the differences in their personalities. And then there's her relationship with Alex, which I have always absolutely adored. The love portrayed between them seems so real and I love how it has matured through the last few novels in this wonderful series.

I Heart London was such a fun ride! And as someone who recently became engaged and decided to arrange a wedding within six months of said engagement, I could complete relate to the craziness that ensues and the hilarious scenes in this novel. I can't even imagine tossing together a wedding in a week and it made me grateful for the extra weeks I have - although I probably won't say that in a couple of months. 

There was even a surprising thread throughout that not until the very last page did I come to find out what was really going on - and I won't say if I was right or wrong, or what it was - you'll just have to snatch up this lovely novel and read it yourself!

I actually want to read this one again. If you love the I Heart series, you will not be disappointed, and if you don't - you should really go pick up this fab chick lit series today!

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas

4 Star

Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned.  

Kathryn - 4 Star

This novel would make a great dramatic television series!   The novel centers around three trainee nurses of the Nightingale hospital and Douglas has brought to life not only the girls but the hospital in an admirable way.

The story was gently written and its style reminded me a bit of the novels by Lyn Andrews and Pamela Evans in that there were strong women moving through life in a world not yet open to women doing so.  I found the interactions softly spoken which created a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic place.  The hospital training of nurses in the 1930’s was not something I’d ever really spent much time thinking about so I gobbled up all the information Douglas gave us about the girls’ lives and how they managed to learn and take the patient’s care as their primary concern while living in uncomfortable surroundings.  It seems as if they were treated mostly as misbehaving school girls (and I suppose some of them were only in their late teens) – they were constantly being watched like hawks by the matrons and ward sisters so it must have been hard to handle for some of them!  

I appreciated also that Douglas gave us enough of the main characters’ home lives to develop a sense of each woman and where they had come from. Dora, Helen and Millie obviously have started life very differently and without the interwoven backstory we would never have become so attached to each of them.

I have read that Douglas was asked originally to create a series based on nurses in the 1930’s-  I’m hoping she will do.

Thank you to RandomHouse UK for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill

3.5 Star

For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath Kidston prints. It's been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run wearing pyjamas.

Motherhood, it seems, has more pitfalls than she might have expected. Caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No 1 and hypercompetitive Alpha Mum, Lucy is in danger of losing the parenting plot. And worst of all, she's alarmingly distracted by Sexy Domesticated Dad. It's only a matter of time before the dirty laundry quite literally blows up in her face...

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

I had been eying this book for quite some time as it’s one of the earlier novels by the author of What the nanny saw which I read last year and thoroughly enjoyed. I also understood that Neill wrote about the main character Lucy Sweeney as a column in a magazine in the UK and that seemed intriguing and doubled the reason to pick this one up.

I thought that Slummy Mummy was completely hilarious and yet didn’t really relate to Lucy very much myself. I think that the juxtaposition for Lucy is her feeling like she’s lost herself to being a mum.  The frustration of these feelings spills over into her marriage in the form of innocent flirtations with attractive dads at the school gates which in turn makes her feel like a woman again and yet also utterly guilty.

I found Lucy a little self centered but I still liked her and I enjoyed her friends and the other mums and dads involved in her world.  To be truthful though, I was a bit worried for her and felt like she was really close to losing her husband and her family throughout most of the novel.  However, they seemed to have a great understanding and even respect for each other’s limitations. Lucy and Tom both understood each other enough to know that sometimes ones’ eye wanders and although you can think about the grass on the other side-and may even put your toe over there, just a little- it can be just a moment of madness.  I think Neill’s portrayal of Lucy’s frustrations were realistic and probably are relatable to a lot of mothers.

I also have to note that I really liked the way the children were portrayed- they were realistic and addictive- I’ve only found a few authors who can make the children such an engaging part of the novel.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

2 Star

Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

Sabrina-Kate - 2 Star

Click, an Online Love Story was a cute little tale. I enjoyed it for what it was though I have to say it did help going in to reading this book by not expecting a lot because I am not sure that it wouldn’t have disappointed otherwise.

I found that the book was enjoyable for the fact that I have done some online dating so I could identify with the character in this aspect though I found that the story was unbalanced in that it placed a lot more emphasis or gave a lot more detail in certain parts than in others. I think the story flowed ok despite this but I still don’t think that it was something that was properly executed.

Online dating is increasingly becoming  more and more prevalent in today’s society so this story might appeal to a broad audience due to the subject matter, but I did find that there were frequent cultural references that might dissuade some people from finishing it. Personally, I was fine with it but then again, I do know some Yiddish and am familiar with the culture. If you weren’t, I'm not sure it was written in a way that the reader could understand what they necessarily meant which I think it took away from the overall mass appeal the book might otherwise have had.

All in all, the book was cute, a very quick read and I don’t regret reading it but I am not sure that I could actually recommend this one highly.

Thank you to Lisa Becker for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts

3.5 Star

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?

After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….

Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

Better Than Chocolate was great and I found myself completely involved in the plot (which refreshingly wasn’t centred entirely round Samantha’s love life). The complications surrounding the family chocolate business and her focus on trying to save the company were really the main plot for the novel and I found it well thought out in that respect.  I was pleased by Samantha’s determined attitude and her desire to solve things on her own despite facing the almost certain failure of her business.  The scheme to get money infused back into the business was perhaps a little unrealistic but I actually completely was on board with the plan despite the lack of timing to execute- must have been Samantha’s convincing nature that made me a believer!  Everything about this main business aspect of the novel was entertaining and interesting.

Samantha’s love life was predictable but didn’t really matter as the other characters in the town and supporting her were wonderful- there were quite a few of them though so be warned you may lose a few who’s who along the way- this didn’t take anything away from the charm of the town and it’s familiar feel though.

My one troubling aspect was with the family dynamic between our main characters- although each woman was well outlined and given a role I didn’t feel a huge amount of warmth between them.  I understood that they were now living in different places and that this can sometimes create some distance but I felt that their relationships were missing that last link of authenticity.  It also seemed strange to me that the responsibility for the business would have been left entirely to one daughter and that even the mother would be removed from it completely- especially as she’d installed her second husband there to help run it.  I think there could have been a bit more back story with her mother, stepfather and father- although Roberts does give us a better picture of the stepfather eventually it’s so late in the story that I already felt a lack of sympathy for the stepfather and empathy for Samantha’s mother.

Although I was a bit disappointed with the family dynamic I still enjoyed Better than Chocolate and I think there is another novel about the Sterling family which would be well worth a read.

Thank you to Harelquin for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel

5 Star

Imagine a world in which you never have to say goodbye.

A world in which you can talk to your loved ones after they've gone -

About the trivial things you used to share

About the things you wish you'd said while you still had the chance

About how hard it is to adjust to life without them.

When Sam Elling invents a computer programme that enables his girlfriend Meredith to do just this, nothing can prepare them for the success and the complications that follow. For every person who wants to say goodbye, there is someone else who can't let go. And when tragedy strikes, they have to find out whether goodbye has to be for ever. Or whether love can take on a life of its own...

Lydia - 5 Star

Goodbye for Now is a fabulous novel. Unique, thought provoking and tugging on emotional heartstrings, this quirky cast of characters and storyline kept me flipping pages well past when I normally turn out the lights.

So much could have gone wrong with this novel, but Frankel pulls it off with wonderful, warm characters and humourous prose. The idea of being able to talk to loved ones after they’re gone via video chat should have come across as creepy and disturbing, but instead I found it charming and lovely on certain levels and a bit worrisome on others.

My own grandmother used email over a decade ago before she passed away and if she had been around today, she most definitely would have been on Facebook and Skype and I probably would have chatted with her as much as Meredith did. This made me really relate to the novel and I found myself wondering if I would have used such a technology if it was available when she passed away. I couldn’t decide during the entire novel if I loved Sam’s invention or hated it. I’m still not sure. I wondered often how it would affect the grief process, just like the characters in this novel came to discover.

There were a few logistical things that I kept wondering about – privacy, how access would be gained, etc, but the story covers it to a point and then moves on. I figure there’s no such thing as privacy online anyway, so everything is fair game at some point. It niggled at me a bit, but the story was so engrossing that I let it go and moved on quickly. Still, I’m not sure how I feel about having a digital fingerprint being stored that might be accessible to others one day and it really made me think a bit more about what I do online.

In addition to making me think, Goodbye For Now made me laugh, cry and cringe. This fast paced novel has a lot of heart and makes you think – and maybe even worry a little about the future. Pick this one up today if you’re looking for a different read with loads of heart.  

Thank you to Headline Review for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey

Please welcome Cat Lavoie, author of Breaking the Rules to review one of her favourite recent reads, Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey.

But first, here's the synopsis of Finding Lucas:

Can you ever really go back to the past?

On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?

Cat Lavoie - Author Guest Review

The only thing better than reading a truly great book is finding out that the author behind the words is as awesome as her novel. When I first ‘met’ Samantha Stroh Bailey through Goodreads, I was happy to connect with a fellow Canadian chick lit author. But—over the course of a few short months—she’s become someone I look up to and admire and, one day I’m sure, we are destined to sit down for coffee and chat away the afternoon. Her brilliant debut novel will surely be one of the topics discussed.

Finding Lucas starts with a bang (literally) and the opening scene clearly shows a couple in crisis. Jamie Ross has been dating her boyfriend, Derek, for five years but the snobby, perfectly-groomed metrosexual she’s dating now isn’t the carefree guy she fell in love with all those years ago. Jamie and Derek are so mismatched, it made me want to scream at my Kindle and tell Jamie that she could do so much better. Derek completely ignores Jamie's needs and—even though they are meant to be celebrating their anniversary—she doesn't get to do any of the activities she wants to do. Everyone around her knows she isn’t happy but she has a hard time admitting it to herself and walking away from the last five years of her life. When she’s had enough (or, rather, when Derek does something so cringeworthy she can’t stand to be near him for one more second) Jamie finally leaves. When the talk show she works for does a feature on past loves, Jamie decides to track down Lucas, her high school ‘friend with benefits,’ because she remembers him as the only man who's ever accepted her for who she is and never tried to change her. They haven’t had any contact in the last ten years but Jamie is convinced that her happiness lies in finding Lucas and picking up where they left off.

I connected with Jamie right from the opening pages and cheered her on in her quest. Samantha Stroh Bailey creates a colorful cast of supporting characters who each bring something special to the story. Jamie’s friends are hilarious and quirky and her nemesis—the quintessential office bitch, Eva—and Derek’s mother are characters I loved to hate. Jamie’s family is anything but typical but their concern for her and her happiness is evident with every crazy antic.

As I was nearing the end of Finding Lucas, I had the feeling that always hits me when I'm reading a book I love: I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to Jamie and Lucas but I was also dreading getting to that last page because I didn't want it to be over. But Samantha Stroh Bailey gives her novel a perfectly satisfying ending and I was just happy to have been on this journey with Jamie.

Finding Lucas is full of humor and heart and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Cat!

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Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie--who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.
An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she's an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows--even though she's not particularly good at either.
Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and--had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night--she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).
Cat is not sure whether she's a geek or a nerd--and is afraid she might be both. Breaking the Rules is her first novel. Come say hello at and follow @Catenabi on Twitter.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall

2.5 Star

When world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, he leaves behind three grieving women and a mass of unanswered questions.

Did the man who juggled these simultaneous relationships while thrilling audiences around the globe, direct The Darling Girls like an orchestra?

Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children, regards herself as his rightful widow and keeper of his legacy. However, a series of shocking discoveries forces her to re-examine the man she thought she knew and query the very foundation of their relationship.

Maddy, mother of Leo’s daughter Phoebe, has a high-powered job and seems independent and sorted. But events take a sinister turn when Maddy becomes involved with Victoria’s troubled teenage son, and her safe world starts to go awry.

Finally there’s Cat who, at just 24, is Leo’s youngest lover. Coping with a sick mother and battling demons from her childhood, she is finding it increasingly hard to hold it together. Will grief, anger and bitterness blind her to the possibility of ever finding happiness, career fulfilment - and even, perhaps, new love?

Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts - even from the grave - once and for all?


Lydia - 2.5 Star

The Darling Girls started interestingly enough, but gradually unravelled for me. Three women share only one common element, their lover, Leo and it is only at his funeral that they meet and discover he had affairs with all three of them, living part of the time in one place and part in another and having a third girl on the side. Devastated by both his death, and the revelation that their lives with Leo were far from perfect like they had thought, they are left to pick up the pieces.

The three women couldn’t have been more different, which was great as they were relatively easy to tell apart. I enjoyed watching the relationships develop between the women. And I particularly loved how Burstall doesn’t shy away from showing the impact of infidelity on the children, and I think this was my favourite aspect of the novel. I found Ralph’s character was the most interesting to follow. And maybe Leo, as all his secrets are gradually uncovered. Cat was my favourite of the women – possible because she has the most action surrounding her from her job at the book store to tending to her ill mother.

I found some telling in this novel where I wanted showing. “My son is mad at me again” was told from Victoria’s point of view, but I thought a scene would have been more appropriate. We could have seen it from each character’s perspective and, in my opinion, it would had much more impact. We could have seen Victoria’s heartbreak and angst as she deals with the situations she comes across as a grieving, now single, mother and her son’s grief and confusion over the situation. And this wasn’t the only occurrence.

Overall, I just couldn’t seem to grasp onto much emotion in this novel. And the above showing, not telling, might be the reason why for me.  So unfortunately I started skimming bits, wanting to find out what happens, but never got really invested and discovered it was pretty predictable, with a few little surprises. I kept reading to find out a few things, particularly the relationship between Maddy and Victoria’s son, Ralph.

I’ve discovered that there are plenty of rave reviews out there for The Darling Girls, so don’t let this deter you. Maybe it was just me. 

Thank you to Emma Burstall for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kismetology by Jaimie Admans

2.5 Star

Finding the perfect man isn't easy. Especially when it's for your mother...

Mothers. Can't live with them, can't live without them, can't live three doors down the road without them interfering in every aspect of your life.

Mackenzie Atkinson's mother has meddled in her love life once too often and something has to be done. Mackenzie decides to turn the tables and find love for her lonely mother.  Her lonely and very fussy mother. Surely finding an older gentleman looking for love won't be that hard, right?

If you've ever thought that boys grow up, here's the problem: They don't. Ever. And Mackenzie is about to learn that the hard way.

Faced with a useless boyfriend, dressed up dogs, men who wear welly boots on dates, men who shouldn't be seen outside in daylight, and men who make reptiles seem like attractive company - will she ever find the perfect man for her neurotic mother?

Jen - 2.5 Star

Jaimie Admans had a great premise in mind when she created this story. I think it’s safe to say most women can relate to the trials and tribulations of our mother-daughter relationships. That’s one thing that caught my attention when I read about this book. We read so many love stories, but it’s good to hear about a book that talks about the other relationships we have as well.

I think Mackenzie is an endearing character because she spends a lot of her life trying to make everyone else around her happy. I wasn’t in love with her boyfriend Dan. I kept wanting more out of him, but then discovered the  genius of Jaimie’s writing: she was doing that on purpose. Turns out, I was feeling the same way towards Dan as Mackenzie. And as for Mackenzie’s mom, she’s the epitome of someone you can’t live with, can’t live without. Anyone who loves animals as much as Eleanor can’t be bad right? But Eleanor is as annoying as she is passionate about her fur baby, (rightfully named “Baby”) and you can understand why Mackenzie goes to such great lengths to get her out of her hair. She calls Dan fat, accuses him of planning her demise and walks in their house unannounced as if she owns the place.

Mackenzie’s plan to “screen” men to date her mother and find her true love turns out to be a full time job and she maneuvers her way through a string of worst case first dates. It’s during these dates that the book kind of lost my interest. They were all quite the same. Same location, lots of the same types of men and most of the time, same results (no dates for Eleanor). I don’t feel as if the idea was fully developed. I wish I could have seen Mackenzie do more than just meet the same types (perverted, bad sense of style, etc.) of men over and over at the same restaurant.

As a reader, I need more details. I know it may not seem like a big deal, but I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters well enough. What color is Mackenzie’s hair? Which 60s actress did her mother most resemble in her youth? What does Mackenzie and Dan’s kitchen look like and what does she do besides working and going on fake dates?

One great thing about this book is it’s underlying humor. Who doesn’t like one liners? I giggled when Mackenzie  thought one of the old timers she was “screening” for her mother was cute and she thought, “what’s the opposite of a cradle snatcher, a wheelchair snatcher?”

Like I said, the premise of the story is good, it just needed more detail and depth to keep my interest. The ending was very satisfying, and it reminded me of how a Kate Hudson romantic comedy movie would play out. It all came around full circle and left me satisfied knowing the characters all got versions of “happy ever after.”

Thank you to Jaimie Admans for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Kat Fight by Dina Silver

4.5 Star

Kat Porter is a consummate romantic, eager for her chance to find love and commitment. But after her boyfriend of four years, Marc, begins to grow apathetic and sends her calls straight to voicemail one too many times, Kat finally musters the courage to confront her so-called sweetheart, who seems more interested in dodging her than courting her. Though she’s no fan of ultimatums, Kat is at the end of her considerable wits, and lobs a massive one his way, completely confident that he'll make the right decision when faced with losing her. He doesn't.

With radio silence from Marc, Kat’s lifelong dream of finding a husband and forging a family is decidedly on the skids. That’s when her childhood friend Julie steps in, forcing Kat on a blind date to help her move beyond the break-up. Not only does Kat botch the setup, she instead finds herself in hot pursuit of Julie’s love interest, Ryan Sullivan. A man who, in addition to literally taking her breath away, is the living, breathing personification of everything Kat wants in a husband.

Can Kat connect with the man of her dreams without hurting two of the people she cares most about? At the same time, she must also contend with the quips of her beloved catty coworker Adam, her bi-polar boss Brooke, and a string of comic, unpredictable plot twists. All the while, Kat’s cheeky perspective and generous heart will leave readers adoring every moment of her journey while chuckling and cheering for the ever cute, razor-sharp Kat as she fights to land the love of a lifetime.

Lydia - 4.5 Star

I loved this novel. It was fun, funny, and such a joy to read. I laughed out loud multiple times and whipped through this novel quickly.  Kat Fight is fabulous chick lit with wonderful characters to root for and a romantic, humorous plot. 

Kat is a wonderful character. She’s warm, funny and very likeable. But she’s also very confused. Who hasn’t been in her shoes, dumped, confused and unsure of what to do, wavering with decisions, wanting to move forward only to get confused all over again. All the other characters are fabulous too. Her bestie at work, Adam, and his hilarious sarcastic quips made me giggle regularly and his banter with Kat was fabulous to read. And their texts? Hilarious.  I wanted to deck Kat’s ex-boyfriend, Marc, in the nose and then kick Kat in the shins for not telling him to get lost every time they cross paths. But then, that’s all part of her character– and her confused antics. I loved the predicaments she gets herself into and even though Kat Fight is a bit  predictable, there was enough doubt to keep it fun and I loved the ride regardless.

Unfortunately there were a few editing glitches that jumped out at me including a timing issue where suddenly a few months had passed, which somehow sailed right over my head. Either I completely missed something, or it wasn’t explained nearly as much as it should for those of us half asleep reading late into the night. There were also some long descriptive paragraphs, usually introducing a character, that had my eyes glossing over. But the rest of the novel was so wonderful that I glanced right over them and kept reading, which is a true testament to this novel as small typos and editing errors can vault me right out of a novel, especially if it’s one I’m not all that interested in to begin with.

Since discovering Kat Fight is based in part on how Dina Silver met her husband, I couldn’t wait to race to the end to find out which aspects of of the novel were true and which were fiction and found this to be a really fun and unusual aspect to a novel.  If you’re looking for a light-hearted, romantic comedy, pick this one up today!

Thank you to Dina Silver for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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