2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem

Today I’m taking part in Victoria Van Tiem’s blog tour for her first book, Love Like The Movies (and yes, the eagle eyed among you may have spotted that I mentioned in an earlier blog that this would be posted yesterday. I got my days mixed up).  I was sent a free copy of Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem in order to review it on this blog.  The review remains my honest thoughts but is an attempt to be fair.

When it comes to finding her leading man, will it be Love, Actually or a Runaway Bride?

Kenzi Shaw has her life scripted out down to the last line – the career she’s building as an up-and-coming marketing exec, the gorgeous fiancé (Bradley) she’ll marry in a fairytale wedding, the children they’ll raise in her dream home. But when heart-breaking ex Shane comes back into her life, life starts going off the script . . .

Shane tries to win Kenzi over by re-enacting all the rom com movies they used to watch together – Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to name a few. He’s just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to trust him again. But has he really changed? Not only is her head in a spin over Shane, but now her job is on the line. And with her perfect sister in law showing up every tiny thing Kenzi does wrong, she feels like she’s permanently in the corner.

Should she risk her sensible life for the chance of a Happy Ever After? One thing’s for sure, when Shane meets Kenzi (again), she’s suddenly not so sure just who her leading man is . . .

Perfect for fans of From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually and You Had Me at Hello. Grab some popcorn, hit the sofa and enjoy this feel-good and very funny novel.

When I was reading this book I had lunch with a friend.  We were talking about books and I said “I’m reading a book where the main character is really pathetic and I’ve known from about the first chapter how it’s going to end.” Which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement and is unsual for me.  At that point in time I thought I really was going to struggle to find positive stuff to write about in a review.

But here’s the thing:  Kenzi is pretty pathetic (annoyingly so) throughout most of the book.  But she grew on me as the book wound towards it’s conclusion and I got over my desire to tell her to grow up.  Plus she needed to be somewhat pathetic for the plot to work (just probably not as much as she was).

And yes the plot was pretty predictable and I was right that it ended exactly how I’d thought it would.  There were still one or two small surprises along the way however and it had some really fun moments.

I enjoyed spotting the references to films that I’ve watched and it made me really want to watch My Best Friend’s Wedding again.  I’d forgotten how much I love that film until I read the scene in Love Like The Movies where they reenact part part of it.  So much fun.  I then lost a ridiculous amount of time on youtube watching videos of that scene.

There were also references to some films I hadn’t seen.  One or two of those I’m now very tempted to look out for.

Reading Love Like The Movies made a relaxing end to a busy day. As much as I would love to find a chick lit book with a strong female lead because the “pathetic” trope winds me up big style I enjoyed Love Like The Movies for the most part and laughed a lot.


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