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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Love like the Movies by Victoria Van Tiem

Love Like the Movies (eBook)

When it comes to finding her leading man, will it be Love Actually or Runaway Bride?. Kenzi Shaw knows the plot of her life down to the last line - the career she's building as an up-and-coming marketing exec, the gorgeous fiancé (Bradley) she'll marry in a fairytale wedding, the children they'll raise in her dream home. But when heart-breaking ex Shane comes back into her life, life starts going off the script . . . Shane tries to win Kenzi over by re-enacting all the rom-com movies they used to watch together - Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones's Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to name a few. He's just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to trust him again. But has he really changed? Not only is her head in a spin over Shane, but now her job is on the line. And with her perfect sister-in-law showing up every tiny thing Kenzi does wrong, she feels like she's permanently in the corner. Should she risk her sensible life for the chance of a Happy Ever After? One thing's certain, when Shane meets Kenzi (again), she's suddenly not so sure who her leading man is . . . Perfect for fans of From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually and You Had Me at Hello. Grab some popcorn, hit the sofa and enjoy this feel-good and very funny novel.

This book is one of those books that can be read in one setting - it is fun, light hearted and funny while reminding the reader of ten of the most fantastic romantic comedy films ever made!

Kensington Shaw (Kenzi) has just got engaged and is on her way to her parents, along with her fiance, to show of her engagement ring and to celebrate, however, as always seemed to happen at such times of celebration in Kenzi's life, her friend, Ren, who has became like a second daughter to Kenzi's mum, announces she is pregnant with her first child. Add to this a facebook request from her first love who dropped her in strange circumstances, and Kenzi begins to question her life - did she really have the perfect life? Does she want to marry Bradley? Why has Shane got back in touch? Is she happy in her work

Shane comes into Kenzi's life again through work, with Kenzi trying to win the contract which will keep her job at the ad agency, as there are cost cutting measures being discussed. However, it is not as simple as just giving a good pitch, Shane promises to sign the contract as long as Kenzi re-enacts scenes from their favourite romantic comedies which were:

  1. Sleepless in Seattle
  2. Pretty Woman
  3. Bridget Jone's Diary
  4. 27 Dresses
  5. Dirty Dancing
  6. Sixteen Candles
  7. Love Actually
  8. Say Anything
  9. You've Got Mail
  10. My Best Friend's Wedding
I have heard of most of the films except Sixteen Candles and Say Anything and they are all firm favourites of mine - I would love to have seen Notting Hill in the list though. It was great to read lines from the film throughout the text and i also enjoyed spotting the scenes from the films too. It has definitely made me want to watch the films again. 

The story was a great read. It is full of funny scenes, I especially enjoyed the competitive run on the treadmill in the gym and also the crafty ambush at the paintballing event, followed by the car chase. Although the ten movies do play a part within the story, I do not think it matters if readers are not aware of the story lines as the story has a strong story-line with the film story-lines being additional to the story. It was a believable tale and I would love for someone to try to sweep me off my feet by recreating these famous scenes. I also liked the characters, although some of the characters turned out to be devious - I did not like Ren at the start of the book, seeing her trying to outdo Kenzi at every turn, however my opinion had changed for the better towards the end. 

Thank you to the publishers, Pan, for sending me the book to review and inviting me to be part of the blog tour to celebrate the publication. 

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