Yay! The reviews are starting to come in for the new book, and I'm really pleased. One thing each and every one of them has brought up is how likeable Grace is. Which is so important in women's fiction. If you don't like the main character (and the only one whose head you're ever in) it won't make for a very satisfying read. When I was writing Grace, I didn't sit down and think, "okay, how am I gonna make this character sympathetic and likeable?" I just wanted to write about a real woman who I, personally, would want to cheer for.
So that said, here's a sneak peek at my Booklist review (coming out in the Dec 1 issue)
Grace O’Bryan has dated her share of Daytona Beach duds, and so have her girlfriends. They decide to devote their monthly book club to comparing notes on the men to avoid. When Grace’s friend Ellen creates a website and a clever ranking system based on literary heroes and villains, the boyfriend-of-the month club gains a huge following. At the same time, Grace has started dating Joe, her new dentist. He’s handsome, sexy, and altruistic, yet something’s missing between them. Meanwhile, Brandon, a wealthy and charming investor, is trying to help Grace save her family business, and Grace’s friends are sure he’s her one. Geraci, author of Bunco Babes Tell All (2009), is not the first to compare her characters to Mr. Darcy and his brethren, and while this device isn’t unique, her quirky characters and colorful setting certainly are.
— Aleksandra Walker Booklist
“Grace is a likeable character who immediately engages the reader. Her close-knit family and her reading-group friends make interesting secondary characters."
RT Book Reviews
"This is an amusing chick lit contemporary romance starring a likable lead female and a strong support cast especially her Cuban-Irish family, the club members, and her dates."
The Romantic Post