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Monday, May 18, 2009

Review - Bid For Love by Savannah Chase

Title: Bid For Love
Author: Savannah Chase
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewer: Laura

Nico, Fran and Audrey meet at Java Cafe on a regular basis to discuss their lives, loves and work. In the love department, all are unattached especially Nico. When her last relationship turned out to be a gay guy looking for a threesome, Nico decides to be more discerning in her choice of boyfriends. She reflects on the hot guy she sees every day at the construction site she passes on her way to work. He makes her heart stop and her stomach do flips. His name is Jeff. That much she knows. Her friends are aware of her attraction and attempt to encourage her into making the first move. She is so scared of rejection that she decides to leave things as they are. Jeff Thompson owns his own construction company. He is tired of dating and wants to settle down with a girl who he can see a future with. He sees Nico pass by him daily, and he feels in his gut that she is the one. Whenever they actually say hello, though, he gets tongue-tied and can barely say hello back. How can he get past his nervousness to say something that could be the beginning of forever?

When I read the book, I could see where the author drew her characters loosely on the Sex and the City girls. Almost all women have girlfriends that they can complain to, cry with and generally be themselves without fear of being judged. Nico, Fran and Audrey are three such women. I loved their comraderie and sarcastic wit. Most women can relate to Nico's reluctance to put herself out there to possibly be rejected. Jeff's relationship with his childhood friend epitomizes the guy type of relationship. Jeff and his friend, Ryan, go out to drink beer and shoot pool; a typical guy evening. However, when Jeff realizes the pool night is really a speed date night, I laughed until I cried. I can imagine the look on his face as a mixture of horror, fear and resignation all at once. The way the author uses the various areas of the city to bring the two wannabe lovers together is priceless. The by-play between the friends to insure the end result was well-written, fresh and unexpected. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of relationships from both points of view. That is not often reflected in such an impressive way. This book is the perfect length for someone looking for a short story with a lot of meat and substance to it without having to go through hundreds of pages for the heart of the story. I look forward to the next Savannah Chase book because I am sure it will be money well spent.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing review..This means so much to me..I can't thank you enough...


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