February 29, 2012

book review: mad about the boy

In Suzan Battah's Mad About the Boy, Julia Mendoza finds unexpected romance from an unlikely source.

Skeptical of finding love after being widowed at a young age, Julia pours herself into her business, By Design. A new romance throws her life into a detour. After an adorable meet cute in a grocery store, Julia finds Christophe Augustine. Handsome, wealthy and successful, Chris is the total package. Though his parents divorced, he still believes in love and thinks he might have found it when Julia appears in his life.

Chris wants to know her better, and Julia is not opposed to a little fun. Together, they face a series of events and must decide whether their relationship is worth pursuing.

This was a fun, cute read. Though it addressed some of life's tougher — if often super dramatic — moments, it was fast-paced and entertaining. I was never bored.

The leading man is fantastic. Christophe was definitely crushable, which is a must-have for me in all my romantic stories. Plus, he's French, or at least partially, and he surfs. How adorable is that? Even cuter: he wants to find love, which is super cute to me.

Julia was a likable main character and solid leading lady. Though I thought she dragged her heals in some places and over-thought her future, her back story gives a good explanation for this. It was also nice to see a character who has obviously struggled in the past working hard to make a better future.

The other characters, such as Julia's large Latin-American family, brought additional humor and rounded out the story. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow when Mad About the Boy author Suzan Battah stops by for an interview.

Rating: 4 of 5

About the Author:
Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance - Mad About the Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction - Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy Adventure - BaSatai: Outside In will be released on the 14th of April 2012.

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