She Likes it Rough by GVR Corcillo
When a freak fast-food accident almost kills scaredy-cat Lisa Flyte, she decides it's time to get a backbone and really start living out loud. But how is a shrinking violet like Lisa supposed to get tough all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch?
Jack Hawkins, that's how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist from her MBA classes needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of adventure gear for beginners, she gets the most outlandish idea of her life: she will be his undercover test dummy if he helps her become brave on their adventures in the wild. They strike a deal.
But can Lisa use her outdoor moxie to become the alpha hero of her everyday life? Will she find the grit to pursue a career she really wants or the nerve to stand up to her bullying family? And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He's a man who's not afraid of anything...except maybe of falling for Lisa.
Every once in a while there comes a book that grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go...until long after you've read it. A book that begs you to read it all in one sitting. A book, that at times, is so real - you wish you could jump into the story and live it. A book that you know you'll read several times. One that has found its place among your favorites.
This is that book.
She Likes it Rough is written in first-person, a common perspective lately in ChickLit books. Honestly, I've had my fill of that perspective. Not because it's overdone or it's the new fad. I'm over it because I don't feel like you get the whole story. You don't get everyone's thoughts, their feelings, their deepest darkest secrets. You get one point of view. One. And that doesn't usually work for me because I'm nebby. I want to know what everyone is thinking, what they're feeling, what their deepest darkest secrets are. I want to know what makes the love interest tick. I want to know the whole shebang.
By page two, I didn't even notice I was reading a first-person perspective. The author does a fantastic job of showing the reader everything they want to see. I could feel Jack's frustration with Lisa. I could feel his passion. I could feel his humor. I understood why he was the way he was. It was amazing.
Another thing I loved about the book? Lisa's voice. She's scatterbrained, she goes off on tangents, she's not afraid (despite what she thinks) of showing her fear, she questions herself. She's so real. I love that. I love that I could relate to her. She's funny, she has a heart of gold, people adore her, she loves animals, and yet she has no idea of her worth. So many women, I'm sure, can relate to that. We're so busy pleasing everyone else that we forget our own worth. And I love that by the end of the book, she realized it and stood up for herself. She took a stand, drew that line in the sand, and she refused to deviate from it.
And Jack. Oh Jack. He's flawed, he's gorgeous, he has cobalt blue eyes, he's a man, he has principles, he has a sense of humor, and he likes animals. He's practically perfect and a definite contestant for Book Boyfriend...hell, Book HUSBAND. There is so much to him, yet you feel like you know him so well.
This book has it all. Love, Romance, Family Drama, Friendships...and Humor. Lots and lots of humor. I laughed so hard at times, I had tears running down my face! It's definitely a good idea to have a couple of tissues on hand while reading, not just for the laughing tears, but also in case of sad or romantic tears.
You won't be disappointed if you buy this one. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading it. And after you're done reading it, you'll want to read it again...and again...and again. Two thumbs, way up, GVR Corcillo!
GVR Corcillo has lived in Pennsylvania, New York, England, Washington D.C., and California. She has worked about a million different jobs, including a ticket-taker at a movie theatre, a sachet-stuffer at a potpourri warehouse, a waitress at a very noisy bar, a radio-show host, a voice-over actress in an award-winning short film, and a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Then, deciding she needed an even tougher job, she decided to become a writer. Corcillo won a few writing contests, hit The New York Times Bestseller List with her first short story, and got a B-movie screenplay produced. She Likes It Rough is her first novel. The romantic comedy has won Best Indie Book 2013 and Best Humor Book 2013 from the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards, and the book has thus far advanced to the Quarter Finals of The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Today GVR Corcillo lives in Los Angeles with her husband Ron, a guy who's even cooler than Kip Dynamite.
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