Today I'm pleased to be part of The Bachelorette Project blog tour hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. This is Tami's debut novel.
Today I'll be including my review of Tami's novel, sharing an excerpt from the novel, and offering a giveaway. But first, here's some information about the author.
Tami Anthony is an author, a playwright, and the beautiful mind behind Pink Butterfly Publications, a publishing company devoted to female-driven literature. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Tami presently resides outside of Philadelphia with her son and is currently working on her second novel and future plays.
Twitter - @tami_anthony
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And now here's the synopsis of her novel.
When an unfortunate twist of fate leaves 28 year-old socialite Leslee Robinson broken-hearted and unemployed, she embarks on a journey to discover what boggles every twenty-something single woman’s mind: What do men REALLY want and how do you find the perfect mate? With the help of her two best friends; Annie, a self-conscious, sarcastic single mother; and Karen, the neurotic, perfectionist ‘bridezilla,’ Leslee creates The BACHELORETTE Project, a ‘scientific’ dating experiment designed to uncover the enigma of the male species.
After multiple dates gone awry and unanticipated encounters of the extreme, Leslee decides to confide in the last person that she’d ever consider asking dating advice from: Eric, her handsome, womanizing college friend with a well-known ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ reputation. Aside from Eric’s infamous bachelor tactics, Leslee can’t help but to be oddly attracted to him, but will pursuing the charming, ‘bad boy’ philanderer that Eric is even be worth the risk?
With unbelievable twists and a contemporary, comedic Chick-Lit feel, The BACHELORETTE Project is the chronicle of a single woman’s journey to finding true friendship, discovering herself, and learning the enigma of love down to a science.
I will now share my review of the novel, then share the excerpt, and then finally you will have your chance to enter this giveaway.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was nothing like I expected, but as I've discovered that's not always a bad thing.
Anthony had an intriguing writing style that set her apart from other writers. It was very distinctive and I found myself interested in seeing how it lent to novel writing.
She created an intriguing cast of characters set against an intriguing plot line that made for an addicting read.
The novel was a quick-read and also one that left me thoroughly entertained. Tami introduces us to quirky character who is full of personality named Leslee. Leslee has lost her job for no-good reason and gets dumped by her fiancee.
She decides it's time to leave the Big Apple and return back to her home in Philly. She then decides it's time to start the Bachelorette Project to figure out what she's doing wrong in the dating world. It leads to some comical situations to say the least.
I loved all of Tami's characters. None of them read as stock characters. I always love it when authors have characters who don't feel like stereotypes.
Fans of women fiction and chick lit novels will love this novel. This novel actually read very realistically. It wasn't that instalove that you see in so many novels. Instead, I found that I could actually buy what happened in the story.
Definitely an intriguing read.
In Summary: Tami Anthony's debut novel is charming, witty, and hilarious. Her distinctive writing style combined with characters bursting with personality made for a great novel.
Warnings/Side-notes: Strong language. Lots of swearing. Lots of sexual references. They are more descriptive than most YA novels; however, they aren't too graphic or descriptive. Definitely for adults.
The Wrap-up: This novel wasn't my favorite, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there hadn't been so many sexual references and swearing. However, I know that most people won't feel that way. Overall this was an intriguing novel that I think fans of this genre will love.
And now here's the excerpt:
“Why am I always getting dumped by men?” I ask Karen. “It’s because I know nothing about them.”
“OK …” Karen replies, unsure to where I’m going with all of this.
“So, my visit to the hospital really got me thinking,” I say, “and then I remember you using the word ‘experiment’ so then I thought … ‘EXPERIMENT!’” I exclaim. “It’s a genius idea! I can conduct this experiment on what men really want out of women and how I, the quintessential single woman, could give it to them and possibly find my true love!” I clutch my chest, smile, and spin around. “Isn’t that the most perfect idea that you ever heard? I would be like a scientist, a scientist of love.”
Karen rolls her eyes at my idea. “And how, O Great One, will you conduct this experiment?”
“I got it all planned out.” I pull my completed poster board from underneath my bed and I hold it up for Karen to see. She, once again, looks confused.
“What the hell is that?” she asks, sighing.
“It’s my experiment,” I say excitedly. “I’m going scientific on their asses. It’s called ‘The BACHELORETTE Project.’ How I will conduct the experiment is shown here.” I point to the different sections of the board. “I will go on a series of dates using different tactics in different environments to find out what works for women and what doesn’t.”
“I’m listening,” Karen says as she leans forward.
“In the process, I will study the men that I date, categorize them and see what their likes and dislikes are thereby unlocking the many secrets of the male species.”
“Oh, I can tell you the secrets of men,” Karen says, smirking. “It’s sex, food, video games, and sports. If a man has those four things, then he’s a happy man.” I guess that makes sense. You know, the ‘four things philosophy,’ but I’m just certain that there has to be more. It can’t be that easy or I wouldn’t be single … right?
“Well, I’m still conducting my experiment,” I say confidently. “Maybe there are more than just four secrets. Maybe there are seven secrets.” As I nod my head, I convince myself that there has to be more. Not everything is just sex, food, video games, and sports.
”All right,” Karen starts, “so when does your little experiment start?”
“As soon as possible,” I tell her. “Now all I need is a trusty assistant …”Here's your chance to win a copy to read this novel. Good luck!
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