Book Review – #Toots by Linh Le James

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Published:  January 1st 2019

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Humor

Pages: Kindle 455

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synopsis

A British non-romantic comedy built on white lies, pink elephants and grey areas.

LONDON: Four sisters swipe left on everything they hate in their life, one cocktail at a time.

Louise dreams of an exotic lifestyle, miles away from Hackney.
Nick comes along. Famous, fit, funny and filthy rich.
Louise will stop at nothing to seduce him.

Louise will fake it till she makes it. All the way to the ka-ching bling ring.
But the little white lies soon snowball into a mountain Louise’s Louboutins can’t climb.

Jess juggles work, two babies, a cheating husband and nannies from hell.
Carla goes on a bender, and wakes up next to her young assistant. Freddie.
Emily is getting over her cheating ex by throwing herself into the dating scene.

When work, dating and proposals…all go wrong, the four sisters’ friendship is their only lifeline.

#TOOTS… HILARIOUS. ROMANTIC. SEXY.

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A bit quirky, a lot of fun, and delightfully charming!

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What a quirky, fun, and amusing book! #Toots by Linh Le James is a wonderful story about four sisters, different in many ways, but all searching for a acceptance and love. They may not always agree, but they never fail to be there for each other.

The oldest sister, Jess, struggles with balancing work, motherhood, and a husband who’s sadly cheating on her. Louise (Lou), materialistic and superficial, lies and does everything she can to seduce Nick, a handsome and super wealthy man. Carla, tired of waiting for a proposal from her long-time boyfriend, Ben, breaks up with him only to find herself waking up next to her young assistant, Freddie. Emily, the youngest sister, is trying to get over her cheating ex-boyfriend by dating again. The sisters have problems with their romantic relationships and rely on each other to get through it all. Although I don’t quite feel the same about each of the sisters with Lou being my least favorite, I found myself really caring about them. Through broken hearts, awful boyfriends, not so smart decisions, and pretty much everything else in between, I was really rooting for the sisters and hoping they all get a well-deserved happy ending.

This book was so chaotic, but in a funny and charming way. Yes, I felt frustrated with the sisters quite a few times and just wanted to slap them for the way they were acting. They’re flawed and such a bloody mess, but in such a wonderfully realistic and beautiful way. I ached with them, laughed with them, cheered them on, and really enjoyed getting to know them. The sisters felt very real to me and I think even with all their imperfections and shortcomings, they’re quite relatable and likable in their own unique ways.

I had a little difficulty with the pacing and some parts dragged a bit, but overall I thought the story was satisfyingly engaging and fun. There are definitely some moments that had me cringing and just shaking my head, but there are also those heartfelt and hilairous scenes that truly made me feel joy. I loved the bond between the sisters and it was absolutely delightfully watching them together. There’s definitely plenty more drama and unresolved issues so I’m really looking forward for the next book.

#Toots is a lighthearted, funny, sweet, and heartwarming story about family, sisterhood, friendship, and love. I really enjoyed the humor in this book and even laughed out loud a few times. It’s delightfully charming, amazingly unique, and wildly captivating. I can’t wait to catch up with the sisters and see what happens next.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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abouttheauthor

Photo and bio taken from author’s website. 

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I was born and grew up in France. After college, I moved to Southern California and lived there for a few years before settling in the UK, first in Wales, then in Surrey. In 2018, we packed all our stuff and shipped ourselves to Dubai, hubby, the 2 little ones, the Chihuahua and myself to follow hubby’s job. Story telling has been a passion since a child.

Things about me I don’t want you to know:
I rely on my 3-year-old to wake me up in the morning, and consequently blame her if she sleeps in and we’re late for school.
I would rather drink an ‘I’m on a Celebrity’ insect cocktail than go to the gym.
I pretend to have meditation sessions in order to have a nap.
My kids eat more greens than I do.
80% of my daily water intake is made by coffee, the rest by wine.

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Thanks for stopping by loves! Hope you enjoyed reading this review and add this book on your TBR.

Have a wonderful day!

sincerelykjologo

ARC Review – Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass

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Hello lovelies! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today, I have my review for Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass.

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Expected Publication: May 21st 2019

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: Hardcover 352

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synopsis

Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:

1. She will fall happily and madly in love.
2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.

The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove with her estranged father and his new family–and the infamous Duvals. Since the youngest member of the Duval family, Edison, is back from college and back in the arms of Maris’s new stepsister, her summer looks to be a long string of lazy days on the Duval’s lush beach.

But Edison is hiding something. And the more Maris learns about him, the more she’s given signs that she should stay as far away from him as possible. As wrong as it is, Maris is drawn to him. Around Edison, she feels truly alive and she’s not willing to give that up. Even if it means a collision course with destiny.

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mythoughts

Not quite happily or madly satisfied, but it’s an interesting story

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Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass didn’t make me madly in love with the story or happily satisfied with everything. I’m actually quite conflicted with this book. I was intrigued in the beginning and there are things I liked, but in the end it just wasn’t the book for me.

Maris Brown is not a character I would say I loved and could relate to, but she’s also not someone I dislike. In many ways, my heart broke for her and everything she’s been through and is still going through. On the other hand, I sometimes didn’t care about the consequences of her actions. I felt that she doesn’t try to avoid putting herself in situations that inevitable hurts her. I don’t want to go into her character development too much, but I was really frustrated with Maris that sometimes it took precedence over me feeling bad for her. I mean, I understood why she acted the way she did and I could feel her pain… I just wanted her to make different choices… better choices.

The other characters didn’t really impress me either. Although I thought Edison (Finn) was intriguing, I just didn’t like him that much. He’s mysterious and had this charm about him, but it just didn’t personally work for me. I liked Chelsea more than I thought I would, but I still felt uneasy about her. I liked that she tried to include Maris and it seemed like Chelsea really wanted to be close/friends with her step-sister. I just couldn’t quite understand her fascination with Edison, his family, and this picture perfect version of her happily ever after.

I didn’t like the romance aspect at all. It was flat, infuriating, and I felt no emotions. That’s most likely because I couldn’t connect with Maris or Edison and at the end, I just didn’t care about their relationship. If anything, I was quite annoyed.

Having said all that, I did enjoy the mystery, suspense and twists which kept me intrigued until the end. I thought the writing style was easy to read, the pacing was okay, and the plotline was engaging enough. And, even though it seemed a bit rushed, I did like the ending.

Overall, Happily and Madly was an interesting read. While some parts felt slow, the mystery part had me thinking and wanting to know what would happen next. It’s just a bit disappointing that I personally couldn’t connect with the story or characters. It may not have been a book for me, but I’m sure this would appeal to plenty of readers.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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abouttheauthor

(Bio and photo taken from the author’s website/goodreads)

alexisbassAlexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and a gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever, Dylan McKay. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of long beach vacations.

 

Her novels, LOVE & OTHER THEORIES and WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US (HarperTeen), are available wherever books are sold.

 

She is repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

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Thanks for stopping by loves!  Have you read this book? What did you think?

sincerelykjologo