Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"New Adult" Project review: "Blame It on Paris" by Laura Florand




Goodreads Summary:

Can an insecure American woman find happiness with a sexy Parisian waiter---
even if she doesn't like the French?

Laura has spent most of her adult life avoiding serious relationships, flitting around the world, and keeping her romantic expectations comfortably low. The last thing she wants is to have her globe-trotting ways curtailed by a messy emotional entanglement. As far as she's concerned, chocolate is just as satisfying as true love--and a lot less complicated.
So how, in the name of all that is romantic, has she managed to get involved with a dangerously charming Frenchman named S├ębastien? And only weeks before she's scheduled to leave Paris for good?
Everyone knows that Frenchmen are chain-smoking, manic-depressive, faithless, male chauvinistic, perfectionist snobs. What's worse, they live in France.
The cultural differences alone are enough to kill any relationship, even if Laura wanted one. She's from small-town Georgia. He's a sophisticated Parisian. They go together like grits and escargot.
But S├ębastien isn't just any Frenchman. He's a gorgeous, sweet, sexy, graphic artist who seems to find Laura adorable for reasons she can't begin to comprehend. As the days slip by, she's finding it harder and harder to say adieu.
Unless she comes to her senses soon, she could end up ruining her life with a beautiful romance. . . .


***

Usually, when I dislike a book, I come up with a nice long list of everything I hated about it. But this book? Not even worth the trouble. I kept trying to pick it back up, but I had to give up about 160 pages in because I was bored out of my mind. The characters were not nearly interesting enough to make up for the lack of a plot.

Oh well, I guess I should have expected this from a book that largely consists of date scenes. (Actually, I did sort of expect that. When libraries do not carry a large selection of easily discoverable “New Adult” books, you sometimes have to dig in places where you normally wouldn’t venture.)

Maybe if I were more of a chick-lit reader, I would have appreciated this book, but alas, I wasted far too much time trying to get through it.

Also: Using your protagonist’s name as a pen name for your first-person novel? Tacky as hell.

***

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