Just trying something new around here… Since I’m still waiting to see my new RE, I have a bit of time on my hands.
Also, since I’m not peeing on every stick in sight, that helps free me up for reading, too.
I figured that because I love reading so much, and because so many of you may also need little distractions from this journey on occasion, I’d start posting some reviews of books I’m reading, have read in the past, and just plain love.
I’ll be honest. I’m a bit of a grammar snob. There are good stories out there that have been edited poorly, and I have trouble looking past that.
Hopefully by posting these Book Club entries, I will be able to turn you on to new authors and books, and in turn, get some great suggestions from you!
And so, here goes nothin’…
:: The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton ::
I started this book on Wednesday evening, and had ripped through the entire thing in one night. Now, mind you, I did NOTHING else. I barely ate. I stayed up late. I did take one short break to ravage my husband after a particularly steamy chapter, and then I was back at it. 😉
Needless to say, I rather enjoyed this book.
The story is about a woman in her early thirties (I can relate…) who has made the monumental decision to move out to LA to build an acting career for herself after many years out of the spotlight. The character, Grace, is spunky and sarcastic, snarky and full of swears.
I’m serious. Like a sailor and a truck driver had a gorgeous ginger child.
Grace meets a young actor named Jack through her best friend, a Hollywood agent. The two start a very cute, very steamy romance early in the book, and face challenges together throughout the story.
Blah, blah, blah. You’ve read these stories before. Meet, fall in love, sexy-times, turmoil, make-up sexy-times, happy ending.
This is not that book.
Well, it is, and yet there’s so much more to it…
Alice Clayton describes her writing style as comedic erotica. She has a real knack for capturing the way her character thinks. And she puts it on paper without preamble or pretentious language. Grace is real, flaws and all, and you feel as though this is someone you could be friends with in real life.
The writing is smart and sassy, and the author’s liberal use of profanity and comedy make this a truly enjoyable read.
I have been recommending this book, and its sequel, The Redhead Revealed, to friends who are currently suffering from Fifty Shades of Grey hangovers. It’s not as intense, but the love story (and steam-factor) are definitely there.
Oh, but these books do fall behind the Shades of Grey series in one way: Grammatical structure. Thank the MLA heavens, but this author knows how to build a sentence and use correct grammar! Oh, and she also didn’t constantly refer to her character’s vagina as there.
Thank you, Alice. Truly.
If you’re looking for something light and breezy to read by the pool, let me recommend this series! As I said before, I breezed through the first book in one night, and finished the second yesterday. The third book in the series is due to come out next spring, and I cannot wait to be reunited with George and Gracie.
Oh, and if you’re TTC like me, and fed up with robot sex, this is a pretty good way to get back into the swing of things, ifyaknowwhatImean.
And I’m betting you do. 😉