Sunday, February 26, 2012
Mad About The Boy by Suzan Battah
Mad About The Boy by Suzan Battah
Published By: CreateSpace
Release Date: September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback - 302 pages / Kindle - 429 KB / Nook - 763 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Contemporary Fiction
About The Author:
Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance - Mad About The Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction - Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy Adventure - BaSatai Outside In will be released on April 14, 2012.
Suzan Battah's Mad About You Tour Page on CLP
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Disclaimer: At the request of the author, publisher and Chick Lit Plus, a Kindle edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: On Sunday, February 26, 2012, in association with Chick Lit Plus, Suzan Battah participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
Mad About The Boy Virtual Event Contest: Win A $10 Amazon Gift Card!
To enter the contest, click on the above link and post a comment on Suzan's Tour Page to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of Mad About The Boy before March 5th and send your receipt to Samantha@ChickLitPlus.com , you will get five (5) bonus entries!
Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties, she works too hard and doesn't take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfers with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he's her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family. Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his father's successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his younger brother. His parent's divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realizes she's not like the string of other women he's known. A romantic first date ending dramatically doesn't stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, she's all for a bit of fun but, but when things get too serious she's running the other way. Too alike in some ways, and complete opposites in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations. Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet, but when one is ready to love and the other one isn't ...
My Book Review:
Would you be able to pick up the pieces of your life if you became a widow at too young an age? Would you be able to be happy just having a good time, and not believing in "happily ever after" ever again? Can you deny your attraction for a new man and a second chance of being in love, by clinging to your lost love? These are the questions that Julia Mendoza must answer in Mad About The Boy.
Julia Mendoza is a twenty-something young widow, who has given up on love and the "happily ever after" dream. To mask her grief and loneliness, her interior design company becomes her everything, she's all work and no play. When she is confronted at the grocery store by an ex-friend who had been stalking her, she asks a stranger to come to her aid and play her boyfriend. To thank the handsome stranger for his assistance, she agrees to go out to dinner with him. What she doesn't know is that she just met Christophe Augustine, the wealthy heir apparent to the luxurious Augustine Hotel chain, and her design company's new client. There is a mutual attraction for each other, sparks fly with a lot of sizzling passion ... but Julia can't let go of the ghost of her dead husband Carlos. Will Julia's motto of "just having fun without a serious relationship" be enough to sustain what she has with Chris? Can Julia let go of the past and allow herself to believe in love and "happily ever after" again? Or will she be forever chasing the ghost of her past?
Mad About The Boy is a delightfully playful and lighthearted story of love lost, love found, and love's redemption. The storyline was intriguing and I enjoyed following Julia and Chris's journey of finding love. Their journey had many layers of complex issues that they had to deal with. There was so much passion and sizzle between them, that I found myself cheering them on, yet there were times when I wanted to smack Julia for trying to sabotage her second chance at being loved. The characters were engaging and fun, the different personalities gave the story the playfulness that made it more endearing and fun to read. I absolutely loved Chris's character, he is the type of guy that makes romance readers sigh over, me included. What I loved most about this story was that the author gives the reader a glimpse into the complexities of a relationship, and that there is hope for second chances of finding love.
I thought this was an ambitious and complex story that the author chose for her debut novel. While there were a lot of plots that made the story a little bit hard to follow at times, overall I think that the author was able to pull it together and provide the reader with an enjoyable storyline about second chances and soul mates. I would recommend this novel to romance fans who would enjoy reading a story that is anything but the typical romance story.
RATING: 4 STARS ****