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Starfish by Lisa Becker

I have previously enjoyed a couple of titles by Lisa Becker, so I was very pleased to be offered a free e-copy of her latest book Starfish to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Starfish by Lisa Becker

Here is the book blurb.

Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing. Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs. Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines. But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career? Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music and hogging the bed.

The story begins with Marin starting her internship with Sasha V PR. She is hoping for a placement at a tech company, so is initially unhappy to be assigned to go on a 4 month tour with rock band Kings Quarters to cover their PR. She misses her best friend and room-mate Grace.

But she soon makes a new friend with Brad, one of the five guys in the band. He has thought her hot, since first seeing her at the job interview. Marin feels the same, but makes it very clear to Brad, that relationships are off the table with those she works for, based on bitter memories of her mum leaving her and her dad when she was 9 years old for a new relationship with her boss. Her career is very important to her.

They settle for a platonic relationship, sharing their secrets, but can Brad convince Marin to move it to another level. And what happens when Marin is falsely accused of betraying the band and falling foul of her job contract?

The chapters are told from alternating viewpoints from Marin and Brad. A great story that I really enjoyed, with a tear in my eye occasionally.

Starfish is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.83 in Kindle format. A truly delightful romantic comedy.

And you may like to see my reviews of two other titles by Lisa that I also loved.
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Take a look at the book trailer to whet your appetite.


About the author

Lisa Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com.


And you can find Lisa Becker on social media as follows:-
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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Chrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner

I have received a free e-copy of the book Chrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

Chrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner

Here is the book blurb.

Chrissy’s life is the dictionary definition of A Hot Mess.
She’s homeless, unemployed, broke, extremely single…and now she has to live with her parents!
What could be better?

…Literally, anything.A year after college graduation, Chrissy ends up where she hoped she would never find herself: back on her parents’ doorstep. She magically lands a job at the Netflix show “Let’s Cook! with Derrick Longjohns,” and prays it will be a one-way ticket to her dream culinary school.

But her job turns out to be nothing like she imagined, especially when she runs into a very attractive, very bicep-y stranger. Unfortunately, she is Clumsy McAwkwardson, and has a bad habit of spilling Fanta all over herself. Super attractive.

Now, she just has to pretend to be a good employee. And stay on Mom’s good side. And impress her perfect sister, Paige. And help plan Grandma’s (seventh) wedding. And somehow, some way, convince everyone that she has it all under control.

No biggie.

The story starts a year after Chrissy graduated. She hasn’t managed to hold down a job for more than 3 weeks, is homeless and broke, so she does what she vowed never to do and moves back in with her parents, who she hasn’t spoken to in the last year. And guess what, she has arrived back the day before her grandma, usually resident at a nursing home, also comes to stay for the few weeks before her 7th wedding. Her successful sister Paige is a producer on a TV cookery show and gets Chrissy a job filing the recipes there. Chrissy is terrified on her way there the first day – has she remembered to use deodorant, will she get drug tested for eating a poppy seed muffin, etc. But even she is surprised to discover her workstation is an upside down bin for a desk and a cardboard box for a chair in a room reminiscent of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs.

We soon discover that Chrissy manages to get into plenty of hilarious predicaments. On her first day in the new job, she soaks her trousers with the unisex toilet auto-flush so that it looks like she has peed herself. She is then climbing the wall backwards attempting to dry them under the hand-drier when a hunky guy walks in. The only thing she seems to excel at is cooking and her dream is to go to culinary school.

Chrissy à la Carte is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.63 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A fun read that really got me laughing throughout.

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For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not by Wunmi Fani

I have received a free e-copy of the book For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not (Volume 1): A Take on Courtships, Relationships and Almost Weddings by Wunmi Fani to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

For better, for worse or maybe not by Wunmi Fani

Here is the book blurb.

A man misled into hiding a million dollars from his fiancee. A woman who interprets a fortune teller much too literally. An eager lady whose clueless man won’t propose after months of in your face hinting. A serial cheater who can’t choose between three women despite an inheritance on the line.

These are a few of the stories in For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not (Vol 1); a collection of the edge of your seat narratives that explores deceit, dishonesty, greediness and putting the cart before the horse in courtships, relationships and almost weddings.

“This is hilarious! A very humorous way of dealing with complex issues in romantic relationships. I love the writing style of the author, it is enthralling and lucid!” – comment from a reader of The Underwear Defense, the first story in the series.

Win a free paperback copy of Vol 2 by guessing which of the stories are true. More details in the book!

This is a really funny selection of short stories, all on the topic of romantic relationships. You have the guy who is dating 3 girls at the same time, but struggling to decide who is Ms Right, when faced with the ultimatum from his mother of losing his inheritance if he doesn’t choose just one. And the girl who already has the wedding planner booked and has been hinting to her boyfriend for ages who seems totally oblivious. These are just two of the comical situations that had me laughing.

For Better, for Worse or Maybe Not is available on Amazon, currently priced at £8.86 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A nice selection of funny short stories to dip into.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.