Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All, a contemporary romance novel written by Karen Booth.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
She can’t hit the snooze on her biological clock forever…
Love, career, kids—Brooklyn Monroe wants it all. Her beauty company? A triumph. Her love life? Total fail. At 42, that makes motherhood her top priority. With no man in her life, she’s prepared to fly solo, but her plan is derailed when a mailing list mishap turns Brooklyn into a someone-get-me-pregnant internet meme. Making her PR nightmare go away entails a soul-baring interview on national TV. And the guy asking the questions? Her all-too sexy ex.
Talk show host Alec Trakas is the king of bad timing. Case in point, his heartbreaking romance with Brooklyn. Alec was all about commitment but Brooklyn was launching her start-up, and forever wasn’t in the cards. Now a shot at his ultimate dream job depends on convincing Brooklyn to spill the secrets leading to her viral celebrity. It sets Alec’s star rising, but puts Brooklyn in a sea of flirty men. Fate has thrown them back together. Sparks are flying. But is the timing finally right? Because having it all might not be worth the risk of losing each other again.
Publication date: 25/10/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: It leaves me a little neutral. It’s a good cover, I’m just not wild about the color palette.
There are some topics that are dear to me. Old(ish) ladies still kicking ass, single women dealing with motherhood, fertility and pregnancy issues. Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All broaches each of these themes – some in depth, some in a fleeting way.
Still, it’s always a pleasure to get some representation. While I don’t want to talk about RL in public, suffice to say that books like this one may have a deep impact on a certain demographic. Brooklyn is a single lady with a successful career, an ex who still has feelings for her, and her biological clock is ticking. Sympathizing with her is easy, thanks to Booth’s tactful yet humorous way to handle her plights.
Just as it happened with another book, a few details hit close to home. They don’t upset me anymore, but I sorta saw myself here and there, younger and wanting. Well done.
The story itself reads a bit surreal in places, maybe because it deals with rich people to begin with, and that gave me a sense of disassociation while I was reading; it’s a very personal thing though, and it won’t affect the final rating. The only real flaw I can point out has to do with Alec. I would have liked to see him a little less besotted, less Mr. Nice Guy. His POV maybe doesn’t do him justice in that regard. Even though the double POVs choice ends up being enjoyable, having just Brooklyn’s would have masked some of the aforementioned Nice Guy vibes Alec gives out – and I’m saying this despite the back-and-forth with Brooklyn.
The cast of characters is small and well-crafted, and the ending is satisfying. Booth’s writing style is fun, uplifting, and rich with humor. I’m pleased to say that her editors did a great job too.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Karen Booth is a midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on ’80s music and repeated readings of “Forever” by Judy Blume. Karen writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction, almost always about the dreamy guy you never thought you’d get. Her stories are full of breathless kisses, tearjerker moments, family dynamics, and more than a few things she’s glad her grandmother never read.
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