Thursday, May 21, 2009
Author: Kim Gruenenfelder
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Type: Fiction:Women’s Fiction/ChickLit
Pages: 358 Trade Paperback
Purchase: $10.94 @ Amazon.com (HERE)
“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)
On 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?
Once 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.