Try to picture this, if you can. You`re a single, professional, woman who finds that she not only has a class reunion to attend but an ex`s wedding all on the same weekend. Oh! And to make matters worse, your date ducked out leaving you with no recourse but to ask your assistant. Who wants to go to an ex`s wedding and class reunion dateless, right ladies? Not that taking the assistant is a chore mind you, because the man is drop-dead handsome and witty and fun and sexy and…yeah, so taking him might be a problem after all. Not to mention having to share a bed in your basement bedroom of your parent`s house in rural Mansfield, Pennsylvania with said dreamy assistant.
This is the crazy set of circumstances that author Angel A. Walker places in front of her protagonist, Melissa Jones, in her debut novel, ‘Such is Life’ a contemporary romantic/comedy. You know that when the book starts out with a gynecologist appointment that has you laughing out loud, you`re in for a wild, fun-filled ride! Aside from having a lovely uterus (Melissa`s gynecologist`s praise, not mine. I`ve never seen her uterus but I`m sure it`s delightful) Melissa is somehow propelled along on a weekend of mayhem, bedlam, romance and convoluted family situations.
Ms. Walker runs her heroine through a gauntlet of events from paint-balling with friends to the ex`s wedding where an accidental pant blaze occurs, over the hurdles of spending time with family that was lead to believe there is more to the Melissa/Brett the hunky assistant relationship then there is, to the reunion itself where somehow our gang ends up in jail after a kerfuffle breaks out among the ladies.
It`s like being on a roller-coaster of slapstick adventures as Melissa tries to work out who she really wants to be with. The two old loves that keep coming back into her life, or Brett, the man who suffered in good grace having his trousers set ablaze, being shot repeatedly with paint balls, taking a shot to the manly jewels and finding himself in lock-up.
I found myself wanting to reach into the book, grab Melissa by her shoulders and shake her soundly at times. Personally why she even looks at the two men in her past is beyond me! Brett is everything she needs in my humble. When an author makes me want to yell at the characters that`s a good sign because it means I`ve gotten invested and bonded with the characters. Ms. Walker gives us delightful, sassy characters that you grow attached to quickly, and yes, sometimes want to boot in the butt.
The humor and wit in this book is superb. The one-liners are delivered with amazing speed and comedic timing. The dialog is fresh and snappy throughout. But there is more to this novel than just the outward comedy-of-errors that propels Melissa through the weekend from hell. Ms. Walker shows us a leading lady that is full of self-doubt and possible low self-esteem. We see a family that loves each other dearly but discover that Melissa`s mother tends to drink heavily, a habit that Melissa seems to fall into whenever she finds herself overwhelmed.
There is some real meat along with the funny potatoes in ‘Such is Life’ and that real-life undercurrent is what has me pacing the floor for the next book in the series, as well as wanting more belly laughs of course.
Will Melissa see how perfect Brett is for her? Will she stop worrying about how it looks to date her assistant? What about Shawn and Derrick, the two men from her past that she can`t seem to break free from? And will we see Melissa deal with a possible addiction that she doesn`t seem to know she has?
I know I need answers to those questions! So you can bet as soon as the second book is released I`ll be grabbing it.