Juliet (we all guessed that would be her name didn't we?) is fed up of her mundane relationship with two and a half year long boyfriend Will. It seems their relationship has lost its sparkle. Instead of receiving flowers and love notes like she used to, Juliet is now faced with flatulance and dirty underwear. Where she used to be wined and dined, a take out for two and a night slobbing on the sofa is all she has to look forward to these days. Until 'he' catches her eye. After almost literally being knocked head over heels, successful Italian stallion Sykes is the kind who holds the key to every girls heart, and Juliet's apparently. Being lured in by sun soaked Italian weekends and posh wine bars, Juliet starts to fall in love once more. But is a sordid affair the answer to her relationship problems, or is it too good to be true? What about Will? Is it a case of where there is a Will there is a way? Or is a Latin lover what it takes to win a girls heart these days?
I loved this book. I bought it on impulse in an airport with the intention of killing some time on a long flight. But once I started reading I could not stop. I like Alexandra Potter's works, and have read several of her books, this being my favourite. I love Alexandra's way with words, her outlook on life, and the realistic qualities she gives to her characters which makes you feel like you know them personally. I definitely think there is a little bit of all of us in the roles she creates.
The book is fairly long and did take a while to read (it is 368 pages long), however the chapters are very short which is what I love about these books because you can read a little at a time and not lose your place. My only criticism is that the chapters do jump scenes quite dramatically and it takes a while to figure out which character you are reading about upon chapter changes. I particularly enjoyed the twists on the storylines and her leading you in to thinking you knew what was going to happen, but then the story went a completely different way. Very well done. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a good chick lit read with a happy ending.
Ive been putting off writing this review for ages as I dont think Ive ever been very good at writing book reviews but as I suggested this to Dooyoo Im going to try and write a decent one. I read another Alexandra Potter book a few weeks and I was really impressed by it but apparantly I chose a bad one and I was told to try and read other books by this author. And this is the one I chose as it was recommended to me on amazon based on my older purchases. I started reading this book thinking it was going to be less than impressive like the other book I read but this surprised me. This book is a million times better than the first book I read by this author and I will definately be buying more to see if they live up to this one!
I'll try and give a brief plot outline now but dont worry I'll try not to give to much away.
Juliet has been with her boyfriend Will for about 3 years and things are starting to turn stale. Will used to whisk her off to posh resturants and lavish her with expensive gifts and now his idea of romance is a curry in front of the TV. Juliet cant help but wonder if she settled to quickly and wonders if romance truly exists for anyone.
So when Juliet meets Sykes a sexy, Italian adonis who wants to sweep her off her feet and take her on a weekend away to Verona she is very tempted. Could Sykes be her very own Romeo? But Does She Really Want To Lose Will?
Juliet needs to figure out whether romance is really all about red roses and sexy lingerie. Is the grass greener on the other side?
Thats really I can say about the plot without giving to much away but there are many other little stories in this book and twists and turns along the way.
So what did I Think?
This is a very typical chick-lit book but with a twist. When this girl meets the man she has dreamt about she already has a man at home waiting for her so that is one subtle little difference that makes this book really interesting. It is a very simple story and you foten know what is going to happen before it even does but I dont think that makes it any less enjoyable. The characters are very simple and you feel like you get to know them straight away and sympathise with all fo them in a way. At times I found that I was actually more interested in Juliet's friend Trudy's story involving a handsome Irish man and something he leaves behind!
Now even though this is quite simple story I was really interested all the way through and the author managed to keep my concentration and interest peaked all the way through. I started to think towards the end that Juliet's story was sort of going to fade out without any real recognition of what had happened but then BAM! the story totally changes so I guess you dotn see everything in this book coming!
Another thing I really liked about this book was the way it was written. Sound silly but the author did something really clever here. She tells the story from both Juliet's & Will's point of view as well as from the view points of some of the other characters and I really liked that writing style. Some people may find that it changes from person to person quite quickly and you wont be able to concentrate but I reckon that just makes the book even better.
And best of all there is a happy ending! A great book I think and Im glad I didnt let the badbook I read by this author put me off buying this one. I will definately be re-reading this in the future. A great chick-lit!
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