I have read The Boyfriend of the Month Club by Maria Geraci, and I knew when I was offered a copy of her latest I would want to take that up! Geraci is an excellent chick lit author, and I was charmed by this novel. The MC is Emma Frazier, a journalist for a Florida lifestyle magazine. While she knows she isn’t a 10 in the looks department, her ego still gets slammed when she overhears a mutual acquaintance call her the “ugly friend.” Emma tries to bounce back from that blow by getting ahead at work – and impressing her hot boss at the same time. She promises to get an exclusive interview with NASCAR legend Trip Monroe, who is from the same town of Catfish Cove as Emma. Nabbing the interview proves tougher that she expects, but while back in her hometown, she runs into the still-sexy Nick from her high school, and sparks fly. Can Emma manage to reel in a prime catch, save her ego, and still manage to get a one-up at work – or finally come to accept herself for who she truly is?
This is one for your to-read list! My favorite part about this book was the way that there was no clear-cut guy (at least in my opinion) for Emma. I kept changing my mind on who she was going to end up with, and without giving his identity away, I’ll say it surprised me! That went for a lot of the book – just when I thought the plot would go one way, it twisted another. Love these types of books! Emma was a great lead, full of questions and concerns and had a very relatable attitude about life, career, and love, and this was a delightful chick lit read all around.
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Grace O’Bryan is still single, even after dating plenty of bachelors in the Daytona Beach area. During her book club meeting with some of her best girlfriends, Grace has the idea to turn the book club into a boyfriend club. The woman can exchange stories about the men they have dated, warn each other about the bad apples, and hopefully find potential winners through their discussions. But while Grace envisioned just a close group of friends meeting, her friend Ellen takes the club a bit too seriously, and it quickly gets out of hand. Meanwhile, Grace is trying to balance her job working as a manger at the struggling family store, a possibly love interest in her dentist, another possible love interest in Daytona Beach’s own most eligible bachelor, and keeping up with her family dynamics.
The Boyfriend of the Month Club by Maria Geraci is humorous and an interesting read. I enjoyed Grace’s character; I could feel a connection with her and bonded with her story and her search for love. The friendships in the book were excellent- except I did find myself extremely frustrated with the Ellen character often. And I really enjoyed that I wasn’t sure what was going on with Grace’s love life. So often, readers know which guy the girl will end up with, and you just wait to see how it plays out and they come together. But with two characters both in Grace’s line of vision, it made the story that much more interesting and kept my attention. A lighthearted and fun read, I would definitely recommend The Boyfriend of the Month Club to chick lit fans.
In My Mailbox: Week of January 23, 2011
Title: The Boyfriend of the Month Club
Received: From Maria Geraci
Synopsis: This sexy, funny new novel asks: Can a woman find a modern-day Mr. Darcy in Daytona Beach?
At thirty, Grace O’Bryan has dated every loser in Daytona Beach. After the ultimate date-from-hell, Grace decides to turn her dwindling book club into a Boyfriend of the Month Club, where women can discuss the eligible men in their community. Where are the real life twenty-first century versions of literary heroes such as Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy?
Could it be successful and handsome Brandon Farrell, who is willing to overlook his disastrous first date with Grace and offers financial help for her parents’ failing Florida gift shop? Or maybe sexy dentist Joe Rosenblum, who’s great with a smile but not so great at commitment? Unfortunately, like books, men cannot always be judged by their covers…
Author: Jane Lovering
Received: From Caroline @ Choc Lit Team
Synopsis: Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail – until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.
But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful Indie rock band Willow Down, she wants to know more. Why did he desert the band on their US tour? Why is he now a semi-recluse?
And the curiosity is mutual – which means that her own secret is no longer safe …
Author: Noelle Chua
Received: From Noelle Chua
Synopsis: Harvard literature scholar Audrey Lee’s perfect life loses the plot when her brand new boyfriend, the dapper MBA Paul Chang, gets down on one knee and of all the silly and ridiculous things, proposes marriage! Suddenly Audrey is fairy-tale trapped and wed-locked into a life she never wanted, that of an expat wife and home-maker in her hometown Singapore. And that’s when a number of attractive men pop up all interested in her, enough to make Audrey feel she may indeed be the Singaporean Madame Bovary or Lady Chatterley. With Paul too absorbed in his career to care plus a few mishaps making marital mayhem, Mrs Mis-Marriage is starting to feel that perhaps she is destined to live unhappily ever after.
I didn’t start writing until 9 years ago. I was taking my husband to the airport for an extended business trip overseas, which was going to leave me home alone with three kids for two weeks. I was gleefully planning all the take out dinners we were going to splurge on, when the idea to write a novel came to me. Just like that. Out of the blue. I know it sounds strange, but I went home and began writing that very day. I’d always been a voracious reader, and I think somewhere in the back of my mind, the idea to write must have always been there.
Q: Where did you get the idea for your latest novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club?
The idea came after a night spent at a friend’s book club meeting. Talking about the book only took up about ten percent of the night. The other ninety percent was spent talking about work, family, husbands, kids, and I remember thinking if these women were single, they’d be talking about men they dated!
Before I wrote my Bunco books, I thought everyone knew what Bunco was, but boy was I wrong because I get this question a lot! Bunco is a dice game played by women. It’s like men’s poker night but instead of whiskey, cigars, and cards, think frozen margaritas, gossip, and dice. It’s a great excuse for women to get together for a girls’ night out and the perfect background for a novel about female friendships. So I wrote a book about a group of women who’ve played for years, but one of them was still single and looking for Mr. Right. It’s a great mixture of chick lit and romance. I really loved writing those books!
Q: Are you currently working on another project?
I’m working on another chit lit novel with the working title, The Ugly Girlfriend. It’s about a woman who accidentally discovers she’s the “ugly friend.” It’s not sold yet, but keep your fingers crossed for me!
I start with an idea or a concept then flesh it out from there. The characters always seem to spin off from the concept. I do have to work up a rough outline because my agent likes to know what I’m writing, but I veer off from that outline if the story calls for it. I try not to plot too much in advance because then the story can feel stale.
Q: Social networking has been becoming all the rage. How important do you think it is to have online profiles as an author?
It’s definitely important to have an online presence. Most authors have to do a majority of their own promotion and social networking is a cheap and easy way to do it. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of time! Plus, you have to stay true to yourself. If you’re not comfortable with a certain medium (Twitter makes me twitch!) then you have to stick with what works for you.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Crusie, Jane Austen, Madeline Hunter, and the list can go on!
Q: What are you currently reading?
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal. I love her writing. She’s also a wonderful person and a great mentor to other writers.
Q: Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?
Well, I always resolve to lose weight and become more organized. Those are works in progress and probably will be for the rest of my life.
Q: Where would be your dream vacation?
I want to vacation at the beach house from the movie Something’s Gotta Give. I want to write at the desk that Diane Keaton wrote at, drink wine and walk along that fabulous beach. Oh, and if Keanu Reeves wanted to take me out for dinner, that would be okay too. Just don’t tell my husband.