Book Review: Misery Loves Cabernet

misery1Author:       Kim Gruenenfelder

Publisher:    St. Martin’s Press

ISBN:          978-0-312-34875-5


Type:         Fiction:Women’s Fiction/ChickLit

Pages:        358 Trade Paperback

Purchase:   $10.94 @ (HERE)

The Story

“Charlize “Charlie” Edwards finally has it all: a house in Silverlake, L.A.’s hippest neighborhood, two fabulous best friends who always have her back, and a great (though hectic) job as the personal assistant to Hollywood’s hottest movie star, Drew Stanton. But best of all, Charlie has a newly feathered love nest with Jordan, the sexy photographer she recently started dating.  Maybe Charlie’s journal of smart-alecky life advice—which she’s always been better at writing than following—has finally helped put her on the right track. 

Unfortunately for Charlie, Drew is causing complete havoc on his new movie set, her eccentric family is descending upon L.A. for the upcoming holiday season, and her love life may be back to square one.  Jordan has left L.A. to work on a film shooting in Paris, where the women are gorgeous, sophisticated, and possibly after her man.  And Drew’s handsome new producer, Liam, is an old crush who has reappeared to tug at Charlie’s heartstrings. Charlie’s torn between the misery of waiting for Jordan and the tingly feelings she has for Liam. But there’s nothing misery—or seduction—loves better than a great glass of Cabernet.”

(Above excerpt is from the back cover of Misery Loves Cabernet)

The Review

kim-gOn May 7th, I reviewed A Total Waste of Makeup.  It was at that time that I discovered that there was a sequel and I got myself a copy.  I gave A Total Waste of Makeup  a 9 out 10 for the genre Chicklit.  Can this sequel match up?  HECK YEAH IT CAN!  I actually enjoyed Misery Loves Cabernet MORE than A Total Waste of Makeup

This book starts right up where we left off with Charlie and the gang.  Although this book has a hippo caper instead of an elephant one, it is just as gargantuan in humor!  Drew is still up to his high-maintenance needs, however he really shows a softer side in this book.  Now, it may only be me, but I wish that he and Charlie would just get married.  They are PERFECT for one another, in my opinion.  I mean, why chase photographers and producers about when you have the World’s Sexiest Man Alive as your boss?   

total-waste-postOnce again, Charlie’s parents are just whacked out of their minds!  They give me tons more laughs in this story.  Her same gang of friends surround her with total absurd lives… and they are just as fun and juicy as ever. 

Charlie really needs to stop obsessing over what men write and say to her and just be happy in her own skin.  She is, after all, the only woman daring enough to wear a dinosaur costume to a Hollywood Halloween Party!

On Sher’s “Out of Ten Scale:”

Another great romantic comedy, Misery Loves Cabernet delivers giggles and smiles… enough to make this a perfect escape read.  Here’s the thing, I think that these two books, together, make a really great set.  I honestly believe that they are stronger together than they are separately.  So, if you must splurge… go for both.  Or, grab A Total Waste of Makeup from the library and just pick up Misery Loves Cabernet  from Amazon.  If you love Chicklit as much as I do, let me promise you that for a vacation read… you can get no better!

For the genre Fiction:Women’s Fiction/ChickLit, I am going to rate this book a 9.5 OUT OF 10.




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6 Responses

  1. Sandy

    May 21st, 2009 at 2:51 am

    How can you even resist the titles? I think the theme song of my life should be “Misery Loves Cabernet”! There’s no better juice to soothe the rough spots of life, eh? I will pick up a Chick Lit now and again, just to keep myself from getting dragged down with the awesome but dour WWII stuff I read. I guarantee, I will not forget the titles of these two!

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  2. Molly

    May 21st, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I LOVE the title of the book. I am glad to hear that the story is just as good.

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  3. rhapsodyinbooks

    May 21st, 2009 at 6:16 am

    The title and cover would make a great tshirt!

  4. Nely

    May 21st, 2009 at 8:40 am

    This sounds fabulous and I didn’t know it was part of a series. Awesome – just added to my TBR list.

    ♥ Nely

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  5. Kathy

    May 22nd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The books sounds like a lot of fun and they both have great titles!

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  6. Kim Gruenenfelder

    October 20th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Sher,

    I just came across this review, and Wow! Thank you so much!

    Kim Gruenenfelder

    PS My next book – There’s Cake in my Future – comes out December 21st, but it has a whole new set of characters. Trying to get St. Martin’s to let me write another int he Charlie series.

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