From Publishers Weekly
Yardley takes readers on a fast-paced tour of the joys and perils of single life in Los Angeles in her first novel. At the urging of Benjamin, her workaholic fianc of four years, Sarah Walker has left Northern California for the mayhem of L.A., only to find out that he will not be joining her for several months. With her crummy entry-level job, she can't handle the rent on her own, so she decides to share her apartment with Martika, a charming and tireless party queen the polar opposite of nave Sarah. Their friendship is tentative at best, but when Sarah freaks out and quits her job, dumps selfish Benjamin and chops off all her hair, Martika springs into action and the two really bond. Sarah gets a makeover and is pulled into a whirlwind of clubs, cocktails and men, but Benjamin keeps popping up, and she wonders if she's really cut out for the life of a single girl. Sarah's smalltown shtick gets tiring, but Martika and other characters, like Sarah's best friend Judith, an uber-organized exec who is navigating the murky waters of online infidelity, pick up some of the slack. Although everything about this novel the requisite fabulous gay friend, the chapters named for the Doors' song titles, the far-fetched ending should be annoying, Yardley throws it all together with enough brio to make it a fun book to bring to the beach on either coast.
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From Library Journal
Sarah Walker has done something that no liberated woman of the 21st century would ever do-she has uprooted her life because of a man and moved from a small California town to Los Angeles. The only problem is that Benjamin is still in Fairfield, supposedly trying to talk his boss into letting him relocate, with minimal success-and possibly minimal desire. Still, Sarah is in L.A. to stay, and her new roommate is determined to bring her up to speed, Southern California-style. Featuring a collection of fascinating, eccentric acquaintences, a good depiction of the L.A. singles scene, and, surprisingly, babies, this story, like others in the Red Dress line, is not a true romance; nevertheless, fans of similar chick-lit offerings and Yardley's series romances will definitely want to check it out. Locals will also appreciate the novel's fresh West Coast flavor. Yardley is a veteran writer of romances and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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