Month: March 2017

BOOK REVIEW: An Eclair to Remember by Rich Amooi

Posted March 31, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Fizzy Pop, Fizzy Pop Collection, Goodreads, kindle, kindle books, Rich Amooi / 0 Comments

Sydney St. James has decided to settle. She says yes to Mr. Not Quite Right and sets sail on a cruise to Alaska for her bachelorette party. But when Sydney meets Silicon Valley’s most eligible bachelor aboard the ship, her world turns upside down. Oscar Martin is handsome, charming, and to make matters worse…he gets her completely.

Oscar has his own problems—and his own fiancee. He’d planned the cruise as a last ditch attempt to save their relationship, but she decided to skip it. The tide turns when he meets Sydney as they both reach for the last eclair at the dessert station. Now he can’t get the beautiful, feisty woman off his mind.

Oscar is certain serendipity brought them together. Sydney is not so sure. But the cruise will be a trip of self-discovery for both of them, and fate will have the final word.

If you are looking for some great literary work of romantic fiction you have definitely picked up the wrong book.  If you are looking for a quirky, easy romantic comedy then keep on reading!   Sydney is on a cruise to Alaska with her bestie before her wedding.  Knowing her fiance would have no interest in traveling there, he hates the cold, it’s her last chance to visit.  Oscar is supposed to be on the same cruise with his fiancee in order to rekindle their flame.  However, she refuses to go, not understanding why it’s so important for her to go.  And on the first night of the cruise, Sydney and Oscar meet over the last eclair.  And have a silly spat over the last eclair.  Which all sets the scene for a cute, slightly over the top, romantic comedy.  Obviously, they end up falling in love but not without a few bumps and bruises along the way.

I liked this book for a couple of different reasons.  First, I appreciate that Amooi was able to create an entertaining romantic comedy without having people fall into bed on the first date.  To be fair there really wasn’t any specific first date.  And to be fair they never fell into bed either.  That alone gains stars in my opinion!  Secondly, I liked the whimsy that it was written with.  It wasn’t over the top, though it wasn’t real life either.  It was innocent and loving and silly.  It was the perfect weekend read of friendship, and love, and challenges and happily ever after.  It’s not a literary work of art.  It’s not over the top lust without romance.  It’s just a pretty decent ‘beach read’.

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An Eclair To Remember

About Rich Amooi

Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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