Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Review: Faking It by Leah Marie Brown

Haven't you ever told a little lie in the name of love?

Vivia Grant couldn’t be happier. She has her dream job and is about to marry her dream man. Does it really matter that she’s led him to believe she’s a virgin? After all, being in love makes every experience feel like the first time anyway! But an unexpected encounter with an ex-lover is about to expose her embarrassing lie…

When Vivia’s fiancé discovers the truth, he ends their engagement—via text—and uses his connections to get her fired. Unemployed and heartbroken, Vivia begins planning her new future—as a homeless spinster. But her best friend has a better idea. They’ll skip the Ben & Jerry’s binge and go on Vivia’s honeymoon instead. Two weeks cycling through Provence and Tuscany, with Luc de Caumont, a sexy French bike guide. Too bad Vivia’s not a big fan of biking. And she’s abysmal at languages. Will she fib her way through the adventure, or finally learn to love herself—and Luc—flaws and all?

Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by Kensington Books

Terri's Thoughts

**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is May 12 2015**

I was a little hesitant starting this book as while the synopsis sounded interesting I didn't think there would be any standout moments in the book. I was wrong!  This book was hilarious and I actually wished it was longer!

What makes this story stand out from other romances or "discovering yourself journeys" is how humour is used throughout the book.  It creates something different than what is out there in the market and in my opinion makes it better.

I do not want to discuss the plot but I will list the areas that had me laughing and made this book stand out for me.
  1. Vivia's mom:  Her worries about Vivia's virtue and her crazy texts.  Everyone knows what it is like to have a mom who is not exactly in tune with the times and this was clearly evident with her texts.  Vivia's sarcastic responses added some additional humour
  2. The Texas stud:  Seriously what was his story with his texts to Vivia?  A boy from the past that pops up out of nowhere.  Although a little random to the story (after the beginning) it still added humour
  3. The lost luggage (and fallout)\
  4. The Italian Stallion:  This is where I seriously think I cried I was laughing so hard.  The language barrier and subsequent misinterpretation of phrases was downright hilarious.
I could go on and one.  I seriously have not enjoyed a book like I did this one in a while.  I certainly have not smiled and laughed like I did with this one.  It was refreshing for me to read a book that doesn't take itself quite so seriously and the end result was worth it.  If Brown's sense of humour is like this all of the time I would love to have a drink with her, or better yet travel with her since her bio says she loves to travel.  I am sure some great laughs would result.

To summarize I feel this book stands out in it's genres.  I say pick it up and discover it for yourself.  On Goodreads it suggests there may be a second book at some point however I couldn't find any details.  I certainly hope there is.

About the Author

(From her Goodreads profile)

I am an American writer with a penchant for Paris and all things pink!

Before writing novels, I worked as a print journalist for a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper and served in the United States Air Force as a Radio and Television Broadcaster.

An avid traveler, I have had adventures and mishaps from London to Tokyo, which I write about on my blog, On Life, Love & Accidental Adventures, and in my contemporary romantic series, The It Girls.

I was once a collector of truly useless bric-a-brac and cheesy tee-shirts. My cheesiest? A tee with a cartoon Jesus riding a surf board and the words, "And on the eighth day, Jesus went surfing in Greece."

Today, I prefer to gather friendships and memories as travel souvenirs.

I live in the shadow of Pike's Peak Mountain, near Colorado Springs, with my family and shamefully pampered poodles.

Twitter:  Leahmariebrown

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