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Posted March 8, 2013
Hilarious, sweet, romantic and touching, this book is absolutely
Hilarious, sweet, romantic and touching, this book is absolutely delightful. Sophie wants her 33rd year of life to be better than the years before. She wants to take charge and make something of her life. She decides to tell her best friend, Sam, her true feelings for him. But when she reads an e-mail from him that says he’s found the perfect girl and they’re going out on Valentine’s Day, Sophie’s shock ends up putting her in the emergency room with a broken arm. From there, it’s just one thing after another for our heroine, transpiring into a climactic ending that’s romantically sweet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The characters in this story are written with such detail, that you feel as though you’re living vicariously through them. The intense chemistry between Sam and Sophie is fun, frustrating (as I started to yell at the book because she wouldn’t just tell him how she felt!), and romantic. The secondary characters in the book are fun as well, as they add depth to an already entertaining life for Sophie. The story is a perfect Valentine’s Day romance, a quick read, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance. Read by Marie for Cocktails and Books
Posted February 7, 2013
33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan is a quick read with lots of
33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan is a quick read with lots of quirky humor and honesty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Sophie Parker lives in Boston, working a temp job at a flower shop. She once dreamed of being a singer and pianist but after a series of incidents, all happening in February, she finds herself lost in the day-to-day grind. She also finds herself falling for her longtime best friend Sam McDonald much to her dismay. She doesn't want their relationship to change by admitting her feelings but finds it increasingly difficult to act normally around him.
The curse of February brings about another bunch of bad luck this year: she hurts herself and ends up in the hospital, her apartment has no heat, she feels alienated by her family; and Sam meets the perfect girl...and asks her out on Valentine's Day. The day that Sophie and Sam have shared for years, staying home and watching horror movies to thumb their nose at the "commercialized" holiday. She is unsure what to do and doesn't want to risk their friendship but decides to make her feelings known.
I can relate to Sophie on many levels as I think most of us can. And not just with her frequent use of sarcasm! Since finishing college and moving to the city, she doesn't stay in close contact with her family. She thinks she's not a part of their lives anymore and feels as if they are moving forward while she's lost in the daily grind of work. She wants a meaningful career but doesn't know how to take the first step. And she has the complication of her feelings for Sam. Friends-to-lovers is an interesting storyline and the author does an excellent job of conveying the range of emotions Sophie goes through. It is done with a raw honesty that I appreciate and hope to see in her future stories as well.