Monday, 12 January 2015

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Armed with an innovative narrative technique, Tara Reed lets us live the life of Elle Masters, a begruntled girl who is over dating of any kind. As Elle and her friends figure out the good and the bad of finding meaning behind dating and romance, Elle meets the captivating Nick at a bar. As Elle, what would you do next? You have many different options, and each option takes you through a different path.

I loved the writing approach - it had a lot of fun element, no doubts, but there was a lot of serious lessons to learn from this as well. As the reader and Elle, choose their options, some right and some wrong, the author cleverly writes about how one moment and one impulsive decision can shape good or bad consequences. There is not much on the characterisation of Elle or Nick, making the choices a trifle more difficult to deal with, but the excitement of the book overcomes all such issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to lovers of romance with a twist.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the Heartbreak box in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.
When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out / rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.
In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” You’ll question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. With 60 happily sometimes afters, you’ll always get another chance with Mr. Wright.

You and Nick have been dating for six weeks and it’s been wonderful. You can’t remember the last time you had this much fun with someone. You’re never bored when you’re together, never at a loss for conversation, and when it is quiet, it’s a good quiet.
You are happy!
During your Friday night dinner date at your favorite Thai restaurant, you’re hard at work trying to convince Nick of his completely wrong, unjustified and undeserved preconceived notions of The Vampire Diaries, and that he should really give the show a chance – if not for himself, then for you.
“I’ll hate it.” He shakes his head rapidly.
“You don’t think I know what you’ll like?” you ask with a wriggle of your eyebrows. He coughs.
And that’s when you hear it.
“Oh, myyyyyyyyy god! Nick!”
If it’s possible to be allergic to a particular audio frequency, then you are allergic to this one. Wincing, you rub your ears and follow the shriek to its source – a tall, curvy, dark-haired beauty whose face must prevent heterosexual men from hearing her voice. Yes, she’s hot enough to turn men deaf and make you incredibly catty. “What are you doing here?”
Seriously – like acrylic nails on a chalkboard.
Hottie McHotterson, as you’ve named her, invades your table. She flaps her glossy lips and you try really, really hard to listen to what she says so you can report (and mock) her every word to Rachel and Valerie. Unfortunately, you’re powerless against staring at her spectacular breasts. It’s fine, they’re staring at you, too. And, anyway, you’re not sure she’s even noticed you yet.
A few awkward moments later, she squeals goodbye to Nick and leaves a big, shiny mouth-print on his already crimson cheek before she struts off.
Nice to meet your breasts, too.
You look at Nick, who wears a thoroughly pained expression. He starts to babble an explanation of how he and Hottie know each other, which, of course, you’re dying – dying – to hear.
At the same time, it’s not really your business, is it?
Give him some rope to hang himself, turn to section 108.
Give him a stay of execution, turn to section 120.

Tara will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tara Lee Reed is the accidental writer from Toronto, Canada, not that chick from Sharknado. When her public relations career was forced into hiatus by a jerky plot twist, she wrote the first in a series of interactive novels. She was voted Most Sarcastic Female at her high school prom, which she went to alone. (Not that she thinks about it.) She can fit her whole fist in her mouth (which makes the prom thing surprising), and she can sing with her mouth closed, but she can’t do both at the same time. She once appeared on a romance novel cover with her longtime partner who has done 79 more – with other women.
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