This was my first read by Jen Luerssen, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I began. I didn’t know if I would enjoy the story because I don’t normally enjoy over-the-top and very direct humour that the blurb alluded to. But as I was looking for something a little different from what I had been reading of late, a palate cleanse of sorts, so I took the chance and wandered in.
What I found was everything I had expected it to be- a somewhat bawdy romantic comedy with a very cheeky overtone- lots of swearing, flirting, innuendos, sarcasm, and teasing…. but, surprisingly, it also had a deeper and more emotive storyline than I had expected, which balanced out the comedy- and I have to say I enjoyed the book much more than I had expected to.
The story is told almost entirely from Frank’s POV, even addressing the reader directly at times- which took me a little while to get used to. All the characters are quite zany, fully developed individuals with their own quirks, flaws, and personalities. Each one contributed to the storyline, and help set the tone and mood. I particularly liked Joe and Lia.
So, If you like outrageous romantic comedies with strong, quirky characters, and want to know what happens when a grumpy musician meets a smart, independent winemaker- then this is definitely the story for you!
Thank you, Ms. Luerssen!
Reviewed by @angelahayes