Friday, April 26, 2013

"Boycotts & Barflies" by Victoria Michaels - Review

After an endless string of bad dates and a generally pathetic love life, Grace Park and her friends decide to boycott men for six weeks. With a fantastic pair of shoes on the line for the woman who makes it to the end without breaking any rules, the competition gets fierce. Sparks fly a few days into the bet when Grace and her friends cross paths with a sexy bartender named Michael Andris who happens to have a little bet of his own going with his friends....


What happens when 3 women decide to boycott dating after a series of less than stellar dates and 3 guys decide to stop dating barflies & look for nice girls?  Fate gets pissed off and decides to have some revenge by throwing these 2 groups of strangers together. Once they get together sparks fly.
The main characters are the shy book worm, Grace and the gorgeous hunk of a bartender, Michael.  Each is supported by their 2 best friends and partners in their bets/boycotts.  Grace’s roommates are the vivacious, Meg & the sophisticated beauty, Bianca.  The quiet guy, Ryan & the jokester, Jack are Michael’s fellow bartenders and business partners.

Barflies & Boycotts has all the things I like in a romance. There is humor, tension, falling in love, angst without feeling contrived and some pretty good spice when the time comes. I have to say this is one of the top re-reads in my kindle. I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count.  That says something in the age of 1-click Amazon.

Not long after each group of friends makes their wager each of the ladies separately stumble across their love interest.  Grace has a run in with Michael in the library, while he, Ryan and Jack are looking for nice girls.  Meg spots Ryan across the club, but she is off limits because he  met her in a bar.  Hmmm Jack manages to grab Bianca’s attention while trying to catch his wiener.  Yeah, you have to read the book to understand that one.

Grace wouldn’t normally give Michael the time of day because she thinks he is way out of her league.  He is hot, smart, sexy, sweet, caring, funny, the total package. Did I mention he is HOT?  She has nothing to lose by hanging out with him, since she can’t date anyway.  They take their time getting to know each other in innocent ways.  If you can’t do it in front of your parents it is considered sex and is off limits. Reading how they try to finagle their way around the rules to get time together is very entertaining.  You feel their love for each other growing. You understand Grace’s reservations.  You want to shake her and tell her to snap out of it and grab the dream.  If she doesn’t you will.

Ms. Michaels has written a great love story with a wonderful supporting cast.  The only thing I would change is I want to know more about the love stories between Meg/Ryan & Bianca/Jack.  They aren’t left out of the story, but after reading Grace and Michael’s love story I couldn’t help feeling like I missed out on theirs.  I laughed (all I can say is wiener) and sighed in equal measure.  When I closed the book I couldn’t help wishing there was more. 


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