17 February 2015

Planning for Love Tour Stop!

California party planner, Poppy Reagan is a Type A personality who runs her professional life with the precision of Swiss watch. Unfortunately, her personal life is the pits. On Valentine’s Day she walks in on her boyfriend playing hide the snake with a 20 year old. T his isn’t the first boyfriend to cheat on her, and with her 33rd birthday approaching, Poppy decides it’s time to take her dating life as seriously as she does her business. She swears off the bad boys she’s normally attracted to, and strategically maps out a plan to find an honest, nice-looking man to become her life partner.
As she works her way through a string of hilariously bad dates, she begins to wonder if her soul mate actually lives in
California. Her foolish emotional spirit secretly yearns for the sexy Ohio dermatologist who she met on a trip to Hawaii last year. T he one who she insists is “just a friend,” because she refuses to engage in a long distance relationship. Can the good doctor convince her heart to over-rule her head and move this California girl to the midwest?
Poppy is the classic type A personality.  She seeks to find some kind of control over her life, including her love life which up to this point has been less than stellar.  She decides to stop going for the bad boys and start trying to find Mr. Right.  Adam is a dermatologist.  He and Poppy had a fling while on vacation, and he just can’t get her off his mind.  The problem is that she lives in California and he lives in Ohio, and she doesn’t do long distance.  Adam tries to be happy in just being Poppy’s friend, but Poppy soon finds out that love isn’t exactly something you can plan.
Oh, this book brought back memories.  Before I met Mr. Squared, I went on several very unfortunate internet dates of my own and let me just say that Poppy’s dating experiences were hilarious, cringe-worthy, and maybe a bit too realistic!  I laughed out loud a couple of times, actually.  I quite enjoyed Poppy’s somewhat misguided search for love.
I thought Poppy was a great character.  She tried so hard to control the things around her, and I’m glad things worked out for her the way they did.  I wouldn’t say that this book was very original in plot, but it was a fun read and quite cute.  The characters were fun and the Adam was adorable.  I was kind of waiting for a bit more to develop between them and found myself a bit let down in that aspect, but their relationship still kept me interested in reading more as the book progressed.
Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It’s not so deep and impactful love story, but it is the kind of book that makes for a good distraction on a lazy afternoon.  4 stars.
Ellen ButlerEllen Butler Twitter style–author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee.
An Amazon giftcard $25.00Signed copy of Heart of Design, the first book in the Love, California Style series (US & Canada only - ebook for International winners).  .


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