Monday, March 5, 2012

Jakki's Review of Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight


Austentatious! What a fun, hot novel! I was swept up in a whirlwind of kooky advice, humorous characters and steamy romance.

When Nicola James begins to write in an antique-looking diary, her life starts to change. Once her journal writes back, she must decide if she is going to cling to normalcy, predictability, and her life plan, or throw caution to the wind and cross over to the weird side. After all, the unofficial motto of her hometown, Austin, Texas, is “Keep Austin Weird.” And who knows, maybe she will finally get her “weird” t-shirt.

Helping Nicola along her journey are her friends who truly added to the exuberance and humor of the story. For starters, there are Nic’s neighbors, Leslie and Laura. Leslie’s salacious humor and superfluous use of clichés garnered many laughs and shakes of the head, accompanied by eye rolls. Throw in Nic’s mentee Bec, best friend Gabe, and co-worker Brett, and the smiles and laughs abound. Finally, there is Sean MacInnes with his wealth of innuendoes and one-liners, guaranteed to make any girl blush.

I enjoyed watching Nic’s inner struggle as her life is turned upside down by Fairy Jane’s wisdom. Here, Nic must decide if she should pursue the logical and sensible Brett, who conveniently fits into her life plan, or take a chance on the charming and confident Sean MacInnes, who may just be another Henry Crawford.

Speaking of men. Oh! My! Word! Can Alyssa Goodnight write some steamy and sexy scenes! We’re talking heart beating out of my chest, palms getting sweaty, feeling a little hot reaction here (and nothing physical has even happened). I was so wrapped up in the romance and action of the book that I seriously felt I was the one being asked out on a first date. All of those heart-fluttering emotions a girl feels at this moment, the excitement, the anticipation, the uncertainty, came rushing back. I may have even swooned a time or two!

Not only does Goodnight write hot characters and fully engage my passion, she is overall a talented writer. The literary elements were well-delivered, yet not overdone. Her alliteration adds to the humor, and she takes an analogy or two and carries them throughout the entire plot. I enjoyed seeing the connection between the analogies and events in the book as it helped me to further understand what the characters were experiencing.
Austentatious was the first book by Alyssa Goodnight that I read, and it will certainly not be my last! I look forward to reading her other novel, Unladylike Pursuits.

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Note from Mary: Jakki chooses her own titles to review. The opinions expressed in her review are entirely her own.

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like I'm going to have to get my hands on this one! Great review, Jakki!

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    1. Oh, yes, Anna! I truly enjoyed this book and it is one I will read again!

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  2. I can't wait to read this! Sounds fantastic! Love this review, especially the steamy and sexy scenes...and nothing physical has even happened! Wow! Thanks, Jakki!

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    1. Candy, it was really good! I think you will really enjoy it!

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  3. What excellent review. I'm all a flutter to read this novel....

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    1. Nina, I am always honored by you stopping by! Yes, it will sure get your heart a fluttering! :)

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  4. I must see if I can find this novel.

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    1. Wormauld, it is definitely worth finding & reading! Hope you are able to get a copy & enjoy it! :)

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  5. You know me - I'm not much of a fan of modern adaptations, but your review has gotten me interested. Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Hi Angie! :) I do love me a good modern! I really want to go to Austin nw and visit all the places mentioned in the book! The little cupcake stand looks delish! :)

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  6. Love your review, Mrs. Sweatypalms! Lol Don't you just love scenes like that? Can't wait to read this! I'm so tragically behind on my reading list.

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    1. Lol! You are too funny, Monica! I won't mention cucumbers though cause I know where your mind goes! ;)
      I just got a little behind on my reading too as DH came down with flu today & I'm not feeling 100% either. I just want to lay on the couch & watch Judge Judy & The Nanny. Reading is too hard on the brain when sick.
      I think you will love this book, Monica!

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  7. Hey, Mary started it with the veggies! And Mr Collins's too! I'm sure he's just dying to show them off to anyone who rambles by the house.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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  8. OK. One more for the to-read list! OMG. I will have to quit all other diversions...LOL!

    Great review Jakki!

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    1. Hey Rita! Thanks for stopping by and reading my review! :) I understand about quitting all other diversions in order to make time to read! These authors just keep writing great books that demand all my free time! ;)

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  9. "I may have even swooned a time or two!"

    LOL! I know I did! Sean is sooooo sexy! I loved how sexy everything was without there being any sex on the page! I cannot wait to read more by Alyssa Goodnight too, Jakki! Great review!

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    1. He sure is, Meredith! :D Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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