“Internet columnist Lydia Grange is on the brink of the promotion she’s wanted for two years. As lead columnist of the Toronto Times’ women’s issue site, she’ll have the fame she longs for, the money to fuel her shopping obsession, and all the free shoes she can wear. Only one obstacle remains: beating her coworkers (Sasha the perfect mother and Patricia the bargain-obsessed senior) in a competition. All three must be ‘good to themselves’ for four weeks and teach their readers to do the same, and at the end of the time their sexy boss Felix will pick the winner.
Lydia’s certain she will be that winner, and not just because she knows Felix wants her on an unprofessional level. She’s never anything but good to herself, so how could she not win? Fancy drinks with extra whipped cream, the cheesecake she adores, the exquisite but pricey purse she’s been craving? With the help of her nice-guy buddy and coworker Percy, she’ll just indulge herself even more and make sure her fans do the same. In a month both the job and her long-desired fling with Felix will be hers.
It’ll be the easiest four weeks of her life.
Unless it turns out there’s more to self-care than sex and shopping and sugar.”
Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I am a big fan of Heather Wardell’s writing – you can read some of my previous reviews here.
The story began with Lydia’s memory of a hot kiss with Felix, now I’m all for a scene which includes hot kissing but unfortunately I found that I couldn’t quite connect with it because it happened so early on – I just didn’t feel like I knew the characters enough at that point. However, as I got to know them better I began to see the significance of that moment. Lydia had been crushing on her boss Felix since she first started working with him but seemed to be playing hard to get until the kissing incident.
When the challenge was set for Lydia and her work colleagues to be ‘good to yourself’ for four weeks, Lydia already felt that she had it all figured out and it would be easy. This is why I found it so fascinating to follow her progress because she certainly found it harder than she thought she would…
Lydia’s life soon became rather complicated:
- Romantic problems – her sexy boss was making it very clear that he wanted her, she felt confused by her changing feelings towards her friend Percy and she also had an unhealthy way of dealing with her sexual frustration.
- Family problems – her parents were refusing to accept that they needed to move out of their home and she faced the wrath of her persistent sister if she didn’t try to persuade them.
- Work problems – the ‘good to yourself’ challenge was much more of a challenge than she first thought and it meant that she had to rethink her lifestyle, particularly her cheesecake habit!
As always with this authors books there was a message to take in, this time I felt the main message was that treating yourself all the time doesn’t necessarily make you happy, if you want to achieve a balanced lifestyle sometimes you need to be a bit tougher on yourself and go without.
As Lydia came to realise all this, her attitude began to change and I loved seeing her transform before my eyes, what happened in the run-up to the end was perfect and left me with a big smile on my face.
This was an enjoyable, feel-good read which left a good message in my mind.
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