#BookReview: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

the boyfriend swapAbout the Book

If you love Christmas movies, as in you check the Hallmark Channel guide starting in July, then hang on to your stockings, because here comes the merriest of indulgences in print. It’s “The Proposal” meets “The Holiday”.

First meet Robyn Lane. She’s always dated struggling creative types, including her current squeeze (Perry, an actor). For this year’s Chrismukkah celebration, her parents would love her to bring someone stable, reliable, steadily employed. You know, with health insurance and a 401(k).

Now let’s meet Sidney Bellows. Her parents already plan her professional life (she’s an attorney at her father’s law firm). If she brings her current boyfriend (Will, an attorney) to the family Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have their wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

Leave it to a mutual friend (and copious amounts of wine) to find a playful solution: Swap those boyfriends, fool the parents, and enjoy the holidays. It’s perfect! Robyn can show off a successful attorney boyfriend, and Sidney’s high-society family won’t ring those wedding bells when they meet a flaky actor beau.

The fun isn’t in the theory, it’s in the practice.

Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years. Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe.

Fool the parents? Enjoy the holidays? Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.

My Review

Meredith Schorr is one of my favorite chick lit authors, and I was excited to see what The Boyfriend Swap had in store for me. That answer is a lot of laughs, a fast moving story line, and a terrifically fun ending. Even though the main plot point might be a bit of stretch – you know, boyfriend swapping – it still read very relatable and I give major props to the author for that. Each character was interesting to get to know, even the supporting cast, and if you haven’t read anything from Meredith Schorr, I highly suggest you do!

5 stars

#BookReview: Have You Met Nora by Nicole Blades

have you met noraAbout the Book

She’s blossomed from a wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country. And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York’s richest, most powerful families. But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception—one scandal away from turning her perfect world to ashes . . .

What no one knows is that Nora is the biracial daughter of a Caribbean woman and a long-gone white father. Adopted—and abused—by her mother’s employer, then sent to an exclusive boarding school to buy her silence, Nora found that “passing” as a white woman could give her everything she never had.

Now, an ex-classmate who Nora betrayed many years ago has returned to her life to even the score. Her machinations are turning Nora’s privilege into one gilded trap after another. Running out of choices, Nora must decide how far she will go to protect a lie or give up and finally face the truth. Praise for Have You Met Nora?

My Review

I had a bit of a difficult time with this book. It started out okay for me, but the middle really lagged. I think it took me a little too long to figure Nora out. Once I did, I found the scenes explaining how she became who she is in the present to be interesting, but it was almost a little too late for me. It read almost literary at times and a few scenes got a little long, but the ending was not what I expected and left the book on a thought-provoking note. Not a favorite, but interesting enough if you’re willing to read through the slower scenes.

3 stars

#BookReview: Your No Fear Career by Robin Fisher Roffer

your no fear careerAbout the Book

THE OFFICE CAN BE A SCARY PLACE

Business can be alluring, but like the jellyfish it can also sting. There are demanding clients, bosses who bully, conniving competitors, impossible deadlines, advancing technology and people who play politics. It seems that fear, mistrust, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed run through the veins of business leaders at every level.

Running on a hamster wheel, we try to find our place in the fastest changing market the world has ever known. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the ability to thrive on change, so we go around and around until we become irrelevant and get discarded. The courageous among us don’t ask “Why is this happening to me?” They declare, “This is happening for me!”

LEARN HOW TO LEAD FEARLESSLY

In her fourth book, Robin Fisher Roffer teaches readers through personal stories how to navigate their career fearlessly, push through adversity and shed what no longer works. Whether you are in fashion or dentistry, an artist or a CEO, Roffer’s proven tools clarify your true purpose and empower you to set goals that will transform your career, and your life.

My Review

I have been trying to read more career-oriented books as of lately, to help learn, be motivated and possibly expand my horizons. Sometimes these books don’t quite resonate with me the way I want them to, because I am solely self-employed and these lean more for the corporate lifestyle, in my opinion. Your No Fear Career was that way for me, but I still found interesting tidbits and shared more of the corporate talk with my husband, who could benefit from those. I liked the way the book was written and laid out and it was a quick read, I just found only a few sections that were for me.

3 stars