Sunday 26 July 2015

Book Review - Cocktails at Le Carmen by Isabelle Andover

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Title: Cocktails at Le Carmen
Author: Isabelle Andover
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Simon & Fig
Publication Date: 19th June 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

 When job cuts at Chloe Saddler's London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family's social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris. 

I had really been looking forward to reading this book, and I'm sorry to say I was ultimately disappointed. IT is a serviceable chick lit book, but I found it didn't really have any distinguishing features, and I fear it will be instantly forgettable. 

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading the book, and there are some lovely moments, but overall I found it just left me flat, and glad that it was finished. 

The most entertaining sections were the interactions between Chloe and her sister, who is the ultimate bride-zilla and thinks everything is about her. There are lots of amusing incidents that are mentioned in the blurb, which I did enjoy, but the rest of the book I just felt dragged a bit. 

I found Cocktails at Le Carmen to be a decent debut by Isabelle Andover, slightly slow to read, with some amusing segments in amongst the rest of the story that felt marginally repetitive. 

Thank you to Simon & Fig and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest review. 

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