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About the Author
A "military brat," Elle Lothlorien was born in Germany and spent her childhood in such far-flung places as Puerto Rico, Charleston, S.C., Italy, and Washington D.C. Sadly, the only language she ever became semi-fluent in is English. She writes romantic comedies that are loose riffs on the popular fairy tales she read as a child--stories she still loves as an adult. Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in 2010-a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012 when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor. Her female characters are known for their snarky attitude, intelligence, quick wit, and a near-universal lack of interest in designer shoes and haute couture.
Before writing rom-com full-time, Elle worked as an administrator overseeing clinical research studies at the University of Colorado. Her scattershot work history also includes everything from running fire and rescue calls as an EMT to managing movie theaters to locating underground utilities to stay-at-home mom, although she readily admits that getting paid to sit around in her PJs all day dreaming up hot, amazing men who are good enough for her novel's heroines is, hands-down, the most rewarding job she's ever had. Elle lives in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, mostly because she's deathly afraid of man-eating sharks and understands that, while they've successfully infiltrated every ocean on the globe, they've never quite managed to adapt to mountain living. She keeps a teenage boy and a miniature dachshund named Bacon Bourgeois of Legend around the house to provide comic relief.
My husband hates this book. To this day, if he hears the name Elle Lothlorien, he breaks out in a scowl. Here's why:
I randomly discovered this book on sale (or maybe it was free, I don't really remember) and because I happen to love really creative and out-of-the-box fairy tale retellings, I thought "meh, I'll give it a shot." At the time, I was working as a cruise ship employee, and sharing a 8' x 10' cabin with my husband of four and a half years, who is my best friend, but who does NOT have the same taste in books as I do. Or humor, apparently. (Why is this important you ask? Wait for it, I'm getting to that part. Just remember how small the room is, and try to imagine spending 24-7 stuffed into such a small space with your spouse, will you?)
Anyway, I started reading this book at about 6:00pm one night. At first, my muffled chortles were politely ignored by my spouse, who was busily watching sports or some other nonsense on TV. But when my tasteful sniggering progressed to outright spasms of unexpected laughter, I began getting some very annoyed looks. It wasn't until the third...or maybe the fourth time I'd stopped him from doing whatever he was doing, in order to tearfully repeat a passage in a voice choked by barely containable mirth, that he threw down the TV remote and stormed out of the closet we at that time were calling our bedroom. To make a long story short, I finished reading the entire book that evening and didn't see my husband again until he got tired enough to fall asleep in spite of my stifled chuckling, which in retrospect, probably lulled him to sleep after a while since my silent chuckling kept softly vibrating the bed. Best night ever.
DISCLAIMER: If you don't often "get" other people's subtle humor, inside jokes, pop culture references or biting wit in general, this might not be the book for you. I'd say it's a pretty good indication that if you watched and hated the show Gilmore Girls because you couldn't keep up with the "obnoxious and hard to grasp" banter, you are probably not clever enough to pick up some of the funniest parts of this book. (For example of what some of these non-humor getting people may sound like, please peruse the 1 and 2 star reviews on this book. If those obtuse, ill-mannered folk are your people, feel free to move right along.) Sorry. (I'm not really sorry.)
As for me, I will be religiously purchasing, and giggling over any and every book Miss Lothlorien writes from now on. Unless she randomly decides to pen an educational tome on Sloths, or something. Nope, scratch that. I'm actually pretty sure that would be HILARIOUS, too.
Ok this review is going to be a little different because it is about 2 books and yes I read both of them and loved them! Sleeping Beauty and Sleepy Beauty Wakes Up are basically the same book but with alternate endings! I loved reading them! So now on to the review.
Claire is a woman who has issues about waking up in strange places like on sidewalks and just random places. She goes to several doctors to find out what is going on and all of them tell her she has narcolepsy which one of her doctors doesn't agree with so she is on her way to see a children's doctor. On her way she has one of her episodes and wakes up to a guy telling her that she should be wearing a helmet. Now Claire is a petite woman who could pass for a minor so she is use to the way people treat her like a child and it aggravates her. So when she gets to the doctor's office she makes the nurse mad because she tells her that she isn't a minor. Then kicks the doctor's partner out because he hadn't read her charts. So when her actual doctor comes in laughing about her spunk and starts asking questions about her symptoms and what is going on. The doctor decides that Brendan (her partner) will be doing a sleep study on Claire the next night. So Claire calls her brother's boyfriend Devin to come pick her up and take her home. Devin is a surfer who has a degree in computer science and takes care of Claire while her brother is out with his band. So Devin knows what happens before one of her episodes and knows that Claire doesn't remember anything except what she is told. So when he finds out about the sleep study and he knows that one of her episodes that takes her out of commission for weeks is about to happen he asks if she told the doctors all of the symptoms. Which includes sexually attacking any guy that is around to the point of violence. Claire is very modest of this and just ignores it. So she goes to the sleep study and then blacks out.
Here is where the books start to separate and you get 2 different stories about how her life plays out and I have to say that my favorite book is Sleepy Beauty Wakes up. To give you an overview of both books Claire attacks Brendan at the sleep study but she also is very attracted to Devin and has went after him too. Devin who is really bisexual has some issues with his feelings. So it all depends on who you want to see Claire end up with. The books has very comical twists and turns and the dialog will have you laughing. I couldn't put them down and I read Sleeping Beauty first and just kept hoping for the other guy. So I read the other book and fell in love with that one too!
I rate these books a 4.5 stars for keeping me interested and making me want to read the other book just to see how it was different.
Claire has a sleeping disorder that has been misdiagnosed so many times that she is very frustrated. The treatments being offered aren't effective. She knows when it is going to happen because certain things occur before she falls asleep. The main occurrence is she tries to jump the bones of the nearest male, becoming aggressive if turned down or refused. Then she sleeps for various lengths of time under the watchful eyes of her friends and brother. During these 'sleep periods' she often gets up and functions as a normal person would but does not remember any of it. After falling asleep on the sidewalk, she ends up at her new neurologists' office only to find out that the man who helped her out on the street is a neurology surgeon. He thinks she is a teenager and wants her parents permission for treatment. He is surprised to find that she is an adult. She is talked into another sleep study and Brendan finds out first hand about the prelude to her sleeping spells. He is able to stop her without violence by giving her a cold shower. When she wakes up from this sleeping spell, she finds out that she is now involved in a sexual relationship with Brendan that has been going on for almost 6 weeks. His only proof of her willingness was possession of a key to her apartment and very steamy emails between the two of them which left no doubt. This story is a blend of while you were sleeping and 50 first dates, and also a blend of medical disorders that make for a very funny and comical story. A light read, but enjoyable.