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Crazy Rich Americans

Stormy Sophie: A hot tempered woman changes the life of a billionaire for ever
Bonjour Never Land Book 1
Stella and Phillip Lemarque
Comedy, Satire, American Humorous Writing, Food
October 9, 2018
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A cross between “ The Devil Wear Prada”, “ The Nanny Diaries”. and “ The Asian Crazy Rich.”  Stormy Sophie shows the other side of working as “Chef” in private estate, while still remaining light, fun and a pleasure to read. The book also shows how working as a “couple” can be a life-expanding experience.
The Bonjour Never Land series is a five-book romp through the private lives of the billionaires and celebrities during the 1990s. Stormy Sophie is the first novella, it hits all the marks in a simultaneously humorous and heartbreaking examination among the super-rich and aspiring super-rich. From L.A, New York and Miami, Pierre and Sophie with all the instincts about caregiving must navigate their employer’s bizarre, capricious and selfish escapes. Drawn from the real-life career of the authors, Pierre and Sophie’s second chance at love and fortune is both a contemporary hilarious satire and adventures in culinary audacit

The stories by this pair of authors and real life partners, are loosely based on their real life experiences. My one fault with this book is that it was a novella – but then they have more stories to tell and have spaced them out across several books.

So this is very much a story with a difference – all about the very weird rich of the States who are rich enough to have their strange tastes catered for – in all senses of the word.

Sophie and Pierre (see Stella and Phillip!) are chefs and house managers and general organisers of food and dining experiences etc.  they are currently, in this story, making a living now as live in chefs for these weird rich people as both have failed restaurants(and money losses) in their business past, and also they are trying to now save money to go and live in France. They have been taken on by an agency and go to try out 2 new positions.

I found that their separate voices came across very clearly in the story telling as did their real experiences with such people. But I did find the beginning of the book confusing and yet there didn’t seem to be a prequel – you are just thrown into the story and you pick up their background gradually. I’m glad I didn’t let the beginning put me off.

The houses and life styles of these very rich are bizarre indeed – as our their habits which become obsessions. As they are so rich they have no-one who is willing to naysay them and so it can continue until they get bored and move on to the next obsession.

I am so willing to read the next in the series – Money Galore…

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What happens when you don’t get married

Future Ex-husband Book Cover Future Ex-husband
Jillian Quinn
satire, humour, romance
Penn Publishing
(23 April 2020)

I, Harley McQueen, do not take Nathan King to be my husband…

I wish I could say no to this wedding. But to save our fathers’ company, my ex-best friend needs a fake bride to bail him out of his latest scandal.

Nate has a reputation with women.
I want the promotion my father has denied me for years.

Together, maybe we can make this fake marriage work.

As long as I don’t fall in love with him…

Again.

This was a fun book/story and I’ve learnt a lot of new vocabulary! [not being of the generation portrayed] Still the whole drink until you’re trashed scene did detract from the story as I thought it might encourage some more impressionable people to copy.  It happened too often in this story and gave the impression that it was a good thing to do.

I liked the setting in the Gamer world but thought that more could have been made of this. Overall, I am giving it a 4 star with some reservations.

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Panto Girl? Guy?

Panto Girl: Panto Is The King Of Satire Book Cover Panto Girl: Panto Is The King Of Satire
#3 (Diva Diaries)
by Kerrie Noor
satire, humour,
Independently published
2 Sep 2019
Paperback
novella

What do Little Red Riding hood, a postman and a German traveler have in common?

Not a lot, except they are all part of a pantomime in a small town, looking for love, laughter and a bit of Scottish sunshine.

The postman has no idea he rubs Heather up the wrong way. Heather has no idea how to get rid of him. And Helmet the German traveler has met the love of his life but has yet to convince her son.

Panto Girl is the third novella in the Diva Diaries series. A laugh a minute farce set in the world of Scottish amateur dramatics. With pole dancing, chase scenes and romance you find an ending that will have you chuckling in your shoes and wanting to read more

I started this with high hopes which were dashed by chapter 7.

The whole trope about the foreigner who doesn’t understand English slang, especially in Scotland, got old. And the barmy village has been done better.

I failed to finish .

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Love the Cats!

Cat Me If You Can Book Cover Cat Me If You Can
The Hissing Booth Chronicles #0
Gemma Thorne
New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Humour
Independently published
(1 Nov. 2018)

The world ends not with a bang but a hiss.Since the Rise of Magic, soothsayer Journi McCutcheon has faced supernatural sycophants, dated zealous zombies, and battled possessed pediatricians, but when an eccentric client hires her to investigate haunted pickles, her day goes from weird to worse.Only demonic dills are the least of her newly acquired problems.What begins as a nuisance call ends in apocalypse when she stumbles across a mass grave and discovers that the cats therein aren’t just dead—they’re harbingers of extinction.And magic is on the endangered species list.To save her family and Deviants everywhere, she must set aside her feud with all things feline to end the threat.Before it ends her. Cat Me If You Can is the exciting prequel to Crazy Cat Lady, Gemma Thorne’s #1 best-selling debut novel. Packed with quick wit, spell-slinging heroines, and cats, it’s a new breed of urban fantasy. Start this beloved series today.

Here we have a parallel world where magic exploded and the strange creatures came out to play.

I thought this was a good, feisty, female PI heroine. I really loved her Mum and as for Grandma! grandma is a witch who bespells marbles – which make good slingshot ammunition – but you never know what is going to happen when they hit their target…

Nice fun read with lots humour and cats…. purrfect.

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An Xmas to Remember






A Fashionably Dead Christmas: Book Cover




A Fashionably Dead Christmas:




Hot Damned Series, Book 5





Robyn Peterman





paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




(2 Mar. 2016)



It’s Christmas at the Cressida House and all Hell is breaking loose.

Tree? Decorated and lit. Elf on a Shelf? Seated with style. Baby Jesus on the mantle? Fourteen neatly in a row. Life sized Nutcracker? Creepy, but standing proud. Invitations sent to entire immortal family to celebrate the holiday? Possibly the stupidest damn thing I’ve ever done.

Mixing Heaven and Hell on my cousin’s famous birthday seemed like such a brilliant idea. I wanted my baby’s first Christmas to be special—memorable. I’d like chalk my heinous idea up to having been fallen down drunk, but that won’t fly as it’s insanely difficult for a Vampyre to tie one on. So instead I’ll deal with obscene gifts from relatives, kidnapped rock stars and catering by Mother Nature.

To complicate matters, our new family pet thinks the whole house is his toilet. Ethan and I can’t even find a room with working lock on the door to spread a little holiday cheer.

Never, never again. Christmas from now on will be at a freakin’ spa for the undead—no poles for dancing and no slumber parties with the Devil.

I just have to make it through the next twenty-four hours without beheading a beloved one.

Merry freakin’ Christmas—and Happy New Year.

If you think your Xmas is going to hell  – then you need to read about an Xmas which is full of Hell itself – including Satan visiting and being a little cross and thus animating certain ornaments.

Robyn visualises all the things you thought could go wrong with your own relatives and events and puts them into her own hilarious satire of the Xmas from Hell.

And do remember that the cousin she is celebrating a birthday for is Jesus – yes, the real one….

And thus the scene is set for you to laugh until you cry. As always, read and laugh out loud.

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