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Sex In The City fans will enjoy the NY references and are sure to connect with Penelope. And who doesn't love a man who can cook and who rides a Harley? Expect some swoon-worthy moments and a couple of sexy scenes that will turn the heat up a notch. But all in all, even for a prudish reader like me, the scenes fit the story and don't take away from the plot (as in, they're not there just to add a few more pages to the novel so it's longer. They are carefully woven into the story, so that they end up being the 4th of July fireworks in their insta-chemistry kind of relationship).
The story is very well thought out and developed and, even though I sort of knew all along that eventually, Penelope's ruse would come out at the worst of times and quite possibly in the worst of ways, I still held my breath all the way until the moment of truth. Things between them did progress quickly, but it just couldn't have happened in any other way. Their two personalities required an insta-lust, quickly turning into love, kind of story. Lots of pining for the other, or waiting for the other to make the first move, just wouldn't have worked for those two. :)
I laughed and swooned, and then laughed some more. At times I wanted to be Penelope and Sebastian's friend. Sebastian is the perfect BFF and a very enjoyable side character. I hope we'll get to see more of him in the next books.
I reached the last page wanting, scratch that, needing to read more of Penelope and Jonathan's story - I actually contacted the author to say just that. :)
Warning: There are some f* bombs here and there and, like I said, a couple of sexy scenes, but even if you prefer books on the cleaner side (like me), you shouldn't let this discourage you. This book is definitely worth your time, and it's a perfect weekend read if you need to get away from everyday problems, work-related stress, and just need a good laugh.
One of my favorite lines? "I was as nervous as a Black Angus cow at a beef factory." This just made me laugh out loud. :)
So, can I just say I loved this light-hearted book? It had me giggling and made me feel like a silly school girl again. Something I truly needed at this point in my life.
Alright, back to the review... Penelope Monroe is the Carrie Bradshaw of food critics in NYC! If she loves your food, you are a major success, but if she doesn't, you turn into Jonathan Knight. Ok that was a little harsh, but that is exactly what happened to 5 star chef Jonathan Knight when Miss Monroe visited his acclaimed restaurant Knight and Daze.(Clever name play, huh?)
Jonathan's already dwindling business plummeted after a bad review from Penelope, causing him to HATE her. Flash forward a few months and we find Penelope, who hates Mondays, getting her heart broken by her stupid, cheating boyfriend. He's her boss and she catches him screwing a co-worker ON HER DESK! Then has the nerve to fire her. Who does that? That's right, he's a tool.
Being fired leads Penelope to finding her true self. Her roommate and BFF Sebastian hires her as a restaurant consultant. Her first assignment - to go undercover and help the very man whose life she destroyed with the stroke of her keyboard, by saving his restaurant.
This is where things get good. When Jonathan and Penelope meet, sparks fly in a good way. She lies about her identity, calling herself Kennedy Prescott. Jonathan and Kennedy fall hard and fast for each other as she helps him re-discover his true passion.
I won't give away the entire story because I want to to enjoy it like you would a nice juicy Backyard Burger.(you'll get the reference once you read the book). Let's just say it left me with a big old smile on my face and "the look of pure eye-rolling gratification...as though I just got laid."(another book reference)
If you're looking for a carefree, well written book that brings nostalgia for SITC then this book is for you. I may even start enjoying Mondays after all. Kudos to the writer and cheers to you and yours!
And let me just say - Joslyn Westbrook did NOT disappoint. Everything about The Fifty-Two Week Chronicles (thanks, phone, LOL) is delectable. From Penelope and Sebastian's friendship to Penelope and Jonathan's whirlwind love story.
Westbrook has an effortless way of writing. It's both light and airy with a dash of snark to make things spicy. From the very first page, I was hooked. And, as a foodie myself, I loved all of the cooking/food descriptions. Pretty much, this book made me 1) hungry, 2) laugh out loud, 3) squeal a little bit because Jonathan is Class A swoon-worthy, and 4) upset...because now I have to wait until the Fall for Book 2!!
Joslyn, if you see this review - great job on making this romantic comedy burst with flavor and spice. It's everything I wanted this book to be since I first read a preview some months ago, and I can't wait for the sequel!!