Saturday, September 21, 2013

About A Girl by Lindsey Kelk

5 Star

I’d lost my job. I’d lost the love of my life. My mum wasn’t talking to me. My best friend was epically pissed off. And my flatmate probably had a hit out on me by now. I never meant for things to get so out of hand…

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when her carefully constructed Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, why shouldn’t she try out 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 – she isn’t a photographer, she isn’t Vanessa, 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…

Lydia - 5 Star

Lindsey Kelk has done it again. About a Girl is such a fun, easy-breezy read that fans of Kelk’s I Heart series will also adore. This was such a fabulous romp and it was ridiculously fast paced, leaving me frustrated whenever I had to put it down.

There is something wonderful about the heroines Kelk writes. They’re very funny, often confused, and a bit at a loss in life. They need things shaken not stirred, and oftentimes figure out a thing or two out when they take a chance and do something, well, a bit crazy. I would probably never make any of the choices Kelk’s characters do – I’m not nearly as spontaneous as I like to think I am – but I can understand the impulse and appreciate the effort. Tess is as warm and lovely as she is confused and directionless in life. She’s a bit taken advantage of, and when she finally gets out of her comfort zone she begins to find the pieces of herself she’d lost – and a little romance along the way.

I loved all the characters in About a Girl, particularly Kekipi, the butler of the estate who was absolutely perfect, and of course, Nick, who was hot and sexy and spicy just as every love interest should be. I’m very tardy with this review, and I will be completely honest: it took me forever to even remember the other guy. I'm on team Nick all the way and can’t wait to see what happens next because, by the way, the ending was left wide open for the sequel.

The setting alone deserves a special mention. I wanted to jet off to Hawaii immediately and have decided I need to write a novel with a travelling theme so I can do some ‘research.’ The simple and sumptuous descriptions of the beach demanded sand between my toes with a cocktail in hand straight away – and I’m not talking about boring Lake Ontario sand either. In between reading, my fingers worked of their own accord and wandered all over travel websites, my charge card grumbling at the thought. Have I mentioned the ridiculous estate Tess ended up staying at yet? No? Well it was another piece of heaven. Sigh. It really was a great setting and what better place to find romance?

Kelk has another winner on her hands with About a Girl, and I’ll eagerly dive into everything she writes without fail. I don’t think I’ve read so many books by an author without being disappointed. I do believe this is a first, so if you haven’t already discovered Kelk’s incredible books, or if you have and want another, run along now. Click and buy. 

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

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