Last Chance Saloon – Marian Keyes

“Tara, Katherine and Fintan have been best friends since they were teenagers.  Now in their early thirties, they’ve been living it up in London for ten years.  But what have they got to show for it?

Sure, Tara’s got her boyfriend – but she loves food, shopping and her lipstick so much more.  Katherine, on the other hand, is a serial singleton whose neatness fetish won’t let a man mess up her life.  And Fintan?  Well, Fintan has everything.  Until he gets ill and he has to ask himself: what have you got if you haven’t got your health?

All three are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon and they’re about to discover that if you don’t change your life, life has a way of changing you …”

This was another Marian Keyes book that I liked the sound of and was looking forward to reading.

Straight away I got a sense of fun from the main characters, they had a great friendship and were comfortable and relaxed in each others company.  Tara had a bit of a problem with food and I could totally relate to that!  Any parts that mentioned her hunger either had me nodding my head because it’s something I do, or laughing out loud at how hilariously she behaves when she’s hungry.  Seeing everyday objects as food was a particular favourite of mine and I found myself doing the same after I read this.  Her relationship with Thomas made me feel uncomfortable because it was so obviously wrong, I just wanted to shake her to make her see sense.

Katherine was interesting, she was a strong, confident woman on the outside but had obviously been hurt at some point in her life and this made her push people away.  I really enjoyed watching Joe try to make his move on her – her responses were cruel but made very entertaining reading!

Fintan was fabulous, I loved everything about him!  His illness was one of the main things that stuck out for me in this book – it was a real turning point, not just for his character but for everyone.  They all seemed to re-evaluate their own situations especially after Fintan makes a couple of difficult requests.

I couldn’t figure out where Lorcan fit into the story, I knew he had to be important in some way but I couldn’t predict how.  He was a horrible character and once I had discovered why he was there, it all made sense.  I think I’ll have to re-read this at some point because now I can look at it from a different perspective.

Fintan becoming ill meant that there were quite a few heart-wrenching moments but these were balanced out by some very funny moments, for example a disastrous mud wrap adventure for Tara that is not to be missed!

A surprise twist near the end pieced everything together and it was something that I hadn’t seen coming which made it even more interesting to read.

This is an enjoyable book that really makes you see things in a different way.

Last Chance Saloon can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Marian Keyes visit her website here.


The Other Side of The Story – Marian Keyes

“Crossed women.  Crossed Lines.  Crossed Swords.

The Agent – Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: she’s jumped into bed with her married boos, Mark …

The Bestseller – Jojo’s sweet-natured client Lily’s first novel is a roaring success.  She and lover Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book.  Then she gets writer’s block …

The Unknown – Gemma used to be Lily’s best friend – until Lily ‘stole’ Anton.  Now she’s writing her own story – painfully and hilariously – when super-shark agent Jojo stumbles across it …

When their fortunes become entangled, it seems too much to hope that they’ll all find a happy ending.  But maybe they’ll each discover that there’s more than one side to every story …”

I was looking forward to reading this book as I’ve loved the other Marian Keyes books that I’ve read,  I found that it took me a while to really get into the story but once I did I was hooked so it’s definitely worth reading through if you feel the same way.

I loved all three of the main female characters, they all offered me something different.  Gemma was really funny and gave me some real laugh out loud moments, especially with her family dramas and hilarious emails.  Jojo was fantastic, she was strong and confident which made for great reading and although I didn’t agree with her affair with Mark, I still liked her.  Lily surprised me, after reading Gemma’s story I expected not to like this man-stealer but actually I took to her really quickly and discovered that what happened wasn’t all black and white.  I suppose the title to this story says it all really!

I always love books that have inside information on agents/publishers/authors and this book had lots of it, I find it so interesting to see how things work behind the scenes.

Some other funny moments to look out for when reading this book are Lesley Lattimore’s wedding – the wedding planning and even the day itself had me chuckling, and another part that was very funny was when Lily and Anton had the builders in, I loved their nicknames!

The story really heated up towards the end as unexpected things happened and I just had to know how it would all turn out so I couldn’t stop reading.  A few more surprising events and an important phone call later I reached the end which was perfect for me, it ended just how I hoped it would.

The Other Side of The Story can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Marian Keyes visit her website here.