Series: The Good Life #1
Author: Sarah Krisch
Published August 8th 2013
A failed actress, twenty-something Julia McCarthy begins writing a fictionalized blog as a form of self-therapy. Based on her carefree summers at her grandparents' farm, she never expects her little experiment to garner a viral following, but it does. Boy, does it ever.
Now, with thousands of loyal blog followers, and a syndication deal with the Chicago Herald, Julia is approached by GreenTV to adapt her blog into a TV show. The producers see her as a "Rachel Ray on the Prairie-type". She sees herself as a fraud.
In Julia's fictional world, she's successful. She can pay her bills on time. Heck, she even has a fictional gorgeous husband and charming little boy. Ready to realize her dreams, Julia returns to her grandparents' farm to shoot the TV pilot.
Brad Taylor is definitely not her type: he’s rugged, sensible, and oh-so smug about learning that Julia’s blog is a farce. As the manager of her grandparent’s farm, Brad doesn’t have time to deal with whimsical women who don’t even know how to cook.
Julia can't allow her attraction to Brad to distract her, not when her dreams are about to come true. But are these truly her dreams, her good life?
A fun, fast (150 pages) contemporary romance.
I received a copy of Julia for an honest review.
Julia McCarthy started her blog as a sense of release from her remedial job after her acting dreams failed. Now her once tiny blog is the next best thing and producers want it to become a television show. Heading back to her family farm for two weeks to get the shoot done she tries to figure out what she wants and who she truly is. Julia never expected her childhood friend to turn up. Brad Taylor is perfectly happy working on the McCarthy farm to get away from his past until Julia shows up. Now both of them are arguing and fighting of the sexual tension, but not for long. When Brad figures out the truth about Julia’s fake life all he wants is for her to stay with him. With the two of them fighting for what they think is right it doesn’t take long for them to figure out all they need is each other.
What it’s all about:
Julia was an interesting story about love and the importance of family and stability. Julia and Brad both have doubts about each other in the beginning to keep away from each other but over the course of this short story they fall in love.
Brad has his perspective in this story and it just makes him all the yummier to hear his side of the story. I think that may be because Julia was a tad annoying. I mean ok I get it you don’t know what you want and yatta yatta. Brad is definitely her perfect match because he’s exactly what she’s always wanted someone strong and stable and Brad proved to be just that from the very beginning.
Why it fell short:
Overall the story was great and unique I’ve never heard of someone blogging about being someone else but I guess Julia was just so rude and judgmental it was a tad irritating for me to have to read from her pov sometimes. Also, okay so I am kind of sick of the whole short story turns into big story thing. I just wish it could be a full book instead of a little more than 100 pages. I feel like the emotions and the characters could have gone so much farther if there were simply more but alas it is not meant to be.
All in all:
A great short romantic story which anyone can easily relate to.
Brad sighed. “You women and your food. I don’t get it. If you want a second piece of pie, just have the second piece. If you think it’ll chase away Mr. Right, you obviously don’t know much about men or what they like.”