December 9, 2014

12 days of reading - day 1: 'love like the movies'

Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.

Day 1: Love Like the Movies 
By Victoria Van Tiem
Published February 24
Picked by Laura
In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart. 
What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies?

Like Kenzi, I'm a lifelong sucker for romantic comedies. When we watched "The Princess Bride" during family movie night when I was 3 or 4, I fell hard and fast for the concept of meshing romance and humor. Or maybe I just thought Cary Elwes was really cute, but the end result is the same. Give me a RomCom or give me death!*

(* Actually, please don't give me death. Not even in a movie sense. It's the holiday season, and I'd ruin my makeup crying.)

With this shared love--and the similar state of being a single twenty-something--the concept of being wooed by the one who got away--a Brit at that--vie recreated RomCom moments was entirely too much for me to resist. Throw in the drama of a shifty fiance (who perhaps makes spinsterhood look more appealing) and tension at work, and this story has just about everything you need from a Chick Lit novel.

Through the humor and angst, there were also a few touching moments that tugged at the old heartstrings. I bought and read Love Like the Movies as a birthday gift to myself, and the story did not disappoint.

Rating: 4 of 5

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