Thursday, March 19, 2015

Love by the Book by Melissa Pimental

What They Say....Love by the Book charts
a year in the life of Lauren Cunningham, a beautiful, intelligent, and unlucky-in-love twenty-eight-year-old American. Feeling old before her time, Lauren moves to London in search of the fab single life replete with sexy Englishmen. But why can’t she convince the men she’s seeing that she really isn’t after anything more serious than seriously good sex? Determined to break the curse, Lauren turns her love life into an experiment: each month she will follow a different dating guide until she discovers the science behind being a siren. Lauren will follow The Rules, she’ll play The Game, and along the way she’ll journal her (mis)adventures and maybe even find someone worth holding on to. Witty, gritty, and very true to life, Love by the Book will have you in stitches.

What I Say.....Love By the Book was a funny read.  There were quite a few times I laughed out loud.
It was a little bit different than your typical chick lit in several ways.
First of all, the main character, Lauren,  drank, smoked, didn't want to be married, and partied up a storm.
I then found out mid-book that Lauren had actually been married before, and while her ex was a good guy, she didn't have any desire to go back.  So when she told all of them men she dated that she didn't want anything serious, she was actually being serious!
Her roommate finds the older, wealthier man of her dreams and although the clues are pretty clear, it takes a bit for Lauren to realize that her BFF is in a BDSM relationship. Which appears to be a consensual, happy BDSM relationship.   So much for the boring best friend character!
I thought I knew who Lauren was going to end up with three different times, and I'm happy to say one of my three guesses was right, but it was kind of neat to not have the love interest end up so formulaic. 
My one gripe is that I thought a lot of the dating books were really dated, especially in this age of non-stop self-improvement.  
But that's my only real issue. Overall, I thought the book was an easy distraction, and a funny author was found.

Current Goodreads rating 3.57

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