Today is going to be a crazy day with many posts and reviews. But let me start with this one. I bring you “Dating Down“, written by Diane Louise, and you may remember this Romantic comedy book from the cover reveal post I did last month.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Diane Louise for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.
Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.
Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.
Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.
Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.
As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.
Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?
Publication Date 30th August
Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.
But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.
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This is the first book I’m reading that has been written by Diane Louise and I must say, I wasn’t expecting it to be so fun and truly mind opening. This book is totally unexpected and I loved it. From the the characters development to their personalities, their actions the brilliantly done balance of the chemistry between the main characters (Alexis and Bob) and the humor.
I loved that Diane Louise gave Alexis a strong personality and created an amazing secondary character (Candy) that was colorful and as strong and that hold my attention too, which meant that not only was I curious about the main female character, but also that secondary character, and that’s awesome because now I want to read Candy’s story.
Then Diane gave us Bob, a common name for an handsome man. As I got to know him and see how honest, kind, patient, charming and with a heart of gold man he really was, I start to think about all the rest: his name and his job. I realized that those aspect are what make the book stand out more. A character doesn’t need a unique, and sometimes crazy, name to mean they have an amazing personality and are well written. Sometimes we just need a great guy that is charming, funny, sexy in his own way, and strong-headed to make us fall in love with him as much as the female character does.
As the book kept going I wanted Alexis to see how amazing Bob was and that there are a lot more important things in life than status. And as soon as she starts opening her eyes I got excited. Her live had changed, and it kept changing with each moment she had with Bob. She opened her herself to the world and to the fact that she wasn’t being far to herself and everyone else around her, and that’s why I think this is a mind opening book.
By the end of the book I was loving Alexis as a human being and I kept loving her relationship with Bob. That happened because the storyline wasn’t rushed. Not only was it a good pace for the character development, but also for us reader to connect more with the characters and feel empathy and be curious about what’s next in their life.
So, if you love a great romantic comedy with character development and an engaging story, this is the book for you and I totally recommend it.
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