4.5 Stars - Original review @ 125Pages.com Yay! It’s a new Rachel ...
4.5 Stars - Original review @ 125Pages.com Yay! It’s a new Rachel Hollis book! *Takes a deep breath* Okay, so if you didn’t know I heart Hollis’ The Girls series. I read her second book Sweet Girl first and fell in reader love with Max. I wanted to hang out with her and be her best friend. Then I read the first in the series Party Girl and while Landon was great, she was no Max. On the periphery of each story was Miko, the quirky designer whose one-liners stole the scenes she was in. I was very excited when I found out the third book in the series, Smart Girl, was Miko’s. Miko who believes that Converse hi-tops go with ball gowns and who loves cosplay. Miko who is harboring a deep crush on Max’s brother Liam. The same Max who will probably murder her if she finds out. Hollis creates such a real world in her series. The locations pop and you can practically see the floor plans as the cast walks through the buildings. Each character is also very real. They have their own special quirks, mannerisms and personalities. The plots are not the most unique, they are contemporary romances, so you know there is going to be a coupling and a HEA, but it’s they way they get there that is unique. Hollis has a very fresh writing style. She incorporates pop culture, fandoms and literary references into her stories and then builds them into these delightful concoctions. Apparently Hollis has a very active website and career outside of writing, but I know pretty much nothing about it. To me Rachel Hollis is an author that I adore. I actively stalked her on Twitter so she would be one of my Author Tuesday features and she said yes! (She is the feature next week on January 19, 2016.) Miko and Liam are very different, she is a free thinker, while he is very buttoned up business man. She does not casually date and he is a bit of a manwhore. She has a serious infatuation and he sees her as his little sister’s friend. They are a combo that should not work, but they do in the best of ways. I love that Miko was unafraid to go after what her heart desired and that she was brave enough to realize when it wasn’t right. Chalk up another win for Rachel Hollis and I hope her next read comes soon. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
April 8, 2016
Miko was one of Max’s friends and adopted family. Miko was at the ...
Miko was one of Max’s friends and adopted family. Miko was at the bakery - The Flour Shop - to help her design an upcoming event. Six months ago Max was trying to hide how sick she could get from low blood pressure and also fighting with anyone trying to be her friend. Max’s parents Charlie and Viv considered Miko part of their family as well as Landon Who was Miko’s best friend. Miko was one of Max’s two best friend and Miko was in love with Max’s brother Liam. Liam was also part owner of the bakery with Max. Miko loved Liam for about eleven months and has decided on setting up plans to get Liam to love her back. Miko at twenty six is a designer and co owns a business with Landon. Miko had read a lot of romance books and had fallen in love one thousand times with her book heroes. So now she plans on using her book smarts to get Liam who is her exact opposite. I liked the story but have some things I felt could have been different such as we as readers didn’t really get to see Liam for himself but thru others mainly Miko who of course raves about him. Also Miko was great being herself she shouldn’t change for a man to notice or care for her. Liam also seems to be a bit selfish toward Miko and sometimes a bit hurtful even if it was through honesty. Liam is also a playboy and doesn’t try to hide it. Why would Miko choose Liam just don’t really understand but then again the heart wants what it wants. But through it all Miko does mature and isn’t so naive. As far as Liam he is in denial of the chemistry between himself and Miko just irritated me also at the time the whole way Liam was presented. I was of the mind at one point I wished i could shake Miko and tell her to find someone else who was worthy of her. Also the end was a bit rushed but still I really liked this and through it all felt it deserved the four i gave it. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
June 15, 2016