Bristow Sparks, an interior designer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has just landed the contract of a lifetime, working for Cherry Wyeland, volatile reality star and CEO of Wine-A-Lot. Designing for a crazy person is an around-the-clock commitment. It frays Bristow's nerves and forces her to compromise in unimaginable ways, but, given that the finished product will be featured on The Decorating Network, she must succeed.
While her professional life is hot, her personal life is barely room temperature. After surviving the relentless media spotlight because of a personal tragedy and a traitorous ex-boyfriend, Bristow flies so far under the radar she can't even be detected. A homebody to the core, she binges on episodes of the Showtime series, Dexter, lives in sweatpants, and is addicted to exercise and Oreos.
As for relationships? She has fallen hard and fast for witty and adventurous Jack Hoffmann. However, after their disastrous first date where Bristow collided with a park bench among other mortifying mishaps, they are unfortunately just friends. At least there's one male sharing her bed, even if it's only Vegas, her theatrical golden retriever.
For her twenty-ninth birthday, Bristow goes out of her comfort zone and gets a makeover at an elite spa. Post-Brazilian wax and in excruciating pain, Bristow realizes that she's been in a post-traumatic state for years. She vows to start taking risks again. When she finally goes after what and whom she wants, no matter the cost, tragedy strikes again . . .
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Bristow is a 29 year old virgin with some issues in life. I loved the beginning where she's desperately trying to get out of going to a sex toy party. Who hasn't done that in recent years? (raising my hand) Bristow (love this name) has sworn off men after being betrayed by an ex (following the 'chick lit' genre perfectly) but sure enough she meets someone she can not resist. But of course things don't go as smoothly as she would have hoped, they never do. I enjoyed the funny story line, quirky scenes and Oreo stress eating. (who doesn't do that?) Her crazy family, friends and co-workers make this flow easily, without even realizing you're halfway through and need another bag of cookies. I loved that the characters were easy to like and easy to fall in love with (Jack!). The way Bristow deals with her surroundings made me feel like we were friends right from the start. I gave this book 4 Stars: The fact that Bristow was working in the Interior Design industry really appealed to me and all of the crazy clients who are just a tad on the demanding and 'creative' side themselves. Bristow is a strong character through-out the book with strong family values and an even stronger family. Tamara did a wonderful job putting together a story that is both funny, and entertaining and at times, very realistic. I walked away wishing Bristow was one of my friends in real life. What I Loved: -I loved the fun in this book. The situations that are both embarassing and yet amusing had me laughing out loud. -I loved the characters in the story, I love closing a book and feeling like I've made new friends and I did that with this book. -I loved Bristow's family, even though they made me crazy, they were so much fun to get to know! -It's SO funny with real life situations that, even though we may not want to admit, we've all been through! What I didn't Love: -This book took me a few days to read, which is O.K. but maybe a sign that it didn't immediately demand my attention like some books do. (I loved it in the end though!) -I'm so sad that not all books are this funny! read the full review at http://hellochicklit.blogspot.com
Great Book! This is a great book by Tamara Lyon. Bristow is an interior designer and has landed the contract of a lifetime with the famous Cherry Wyeland. However, Cherry is crazy and the worst person who can’t make up her mind on anything. To make matters worse Cherry is dating Bristow’s ex-boyfriend who she hates. I love Bristow but she can’t catch a break between her crazy family, her allergies to Oreos, her dog, this book had be laughing out loud many times while reading this book. If you are looking for a great summer read then you need to read this book! A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.