Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Confessions of an Alli Cat by Courtney Cole

5 Star

Thirty-five year-old Allison “Alli” Lancaster has it all—a fabulous job, a beautiful 15 year-old daughter, a hilarious BFF and a gorgeous house with a pool and Jacuzzi in an exclusive Las Vegas neighborhood. What she doesn’t have is a husband, because she kicked her lousy, cheating ex to the curb nine months ago.  Since then, Alli has paid her dues with seemingly endless self-improvement and seemingly endless mourning.  Now she’s ready to move on and try new things.

Alli’s idea of “trying new things” is nothing like that devil-of-a-best-friend of hers. Somehow, Sara, the devil of a best friend, talks Alli into trying out a sex toy, sleeping with a younger man and letting a stranger in a lab jacket put hot wax on a place that should never, ever, ever see wax.  And that’s only the beginning.

Alli never saw her life going quite like this. She also never thought she’d meet someone else who had the very real potential to change her life forever. But she did.

Enter the new guy.  He’s gorgeous, refined and mature.  He’s also marriage material.  But that poses a problem for Alli, who renounced the institution of marriage when she renounced her ex. What’s a girl to do?

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what the heck happens when you can’t leave Vegas?  Well, you spin the wheel, of course. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may.

Alli just hopes she can find them all.

Lydia - 5 Star

I loved this book and haven’t laughed so hard while reading in ages! I actually wept with laughter and I sculpted my abs while reading Confessions of an Alli Cat. It was that funny. This novel showcases moving on after marital infidelity along the help of a crazy BFF and discovering long ago forgotten passion via the most unconventional means - but they do live in Las Vegas after all, so it shouldn’t be so shocking. Funny, witty, sexy and smart, there is nothing not to like about Confessions of an Alli Cat.

Unless you’re not into this sort of thing. So, first off, a little warning if you’re easily offended. There is mature material here and some explicit scenes, so if this kind of thing perturbs you, do not read this book. Apparently, I am not and almost read this novel in one sitting.

I honestly wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one. The cougar out on the prowl stereotype grates on me and what Alli's BFF's suggests for her to get over your ex probably doesn’t cross many women’s minds after a divorce as a means to move on, so I had reservations. I mean, who does that? How could I relate? But despite this, I loved this book. Confessions is unique, fresh and freaking funny!!! Have I said this book is funny yet? Oh, I have. Right. It is. The waxing and hot tub scene? I had tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard. Thank God I wasn't reading this on public transportation for this, and a few, uh, other reasons.

I loved every character from Alli Cat herself to her ex-husband Rick the Dick. Allie’s daughter and BFF were so perfect and complimentary. Alli felt so real, like I could reach out and touch her, that I was right beside her as I read. She’s so relatable with her insecurities and the angst with her ex, even with the unusual circumstances in the novel. Everyone needs a Sara in their life as a crazy BFF. I think what I loved most about this novel was that even though Alli gets herself into some sticky situations, she never once comes across as ditzy, which unfortunately occurs in many chick lit novels. She just lands in unusual circumstances, and it’s not because she’s did something silly.

And as much as I thought I would never say this, I loved Shade. He was nothing like I thought he would be when I started reading, and I loved that. Their ‘relationship’ was so different from anything I had ever read. I applaud Cole for tackling the unique, taboo, and the somehow very, very sexy subject, how she manages to make the novel relatable, and the gazillion laughs. My only comment would be that the end seemed rushed, in both plot and proofreading as multiple errors popped up. There were also some very convenient coincidences. Alas, it’s fiction, and I’ve had some bizarre coincidences in life, so choose to overlook them. Others may not.

Pick up Confessions of an Alli Cat if you’re looking for an easy, sexy, sassy and absolutely hilarious read. I can’t wait for the next novel in the series!

And please, someone, make this into a movie.

Thank you to CLP Blog Tours for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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