- The teaser calls George Katie's new boyfriend. In the story, it's more of a "let's see if this leads to boyfriend" status.
- The teaser implies that George takes Katie on his arm and shows her around in a whirlwind fashion. This never happens. A lot of what is seen of lavish events, country clubs, and haute couture fashions is not seen through Katie's eyes.
- I sort of get why they teased it as "upstairs-downstairs", but I think that description is a bit of a stretch.
That may seem a bit nit-picky, but I'd rather the teaser be vague than misleading.
I would definitely say this classifies as a trashy beach novel, much of the dialogue seeming to read like a 13-year old boy who has learnt crass new words and phrases and can't wait to shock and amaze his buddies by saying as many of them as he can, as often as he can. Perhaps that qualifies it as a bodice-ripper...but I thought bodice rippers were geared more towards women than the language on these pages.
What did I enjoy about this one? I liked a few of the characters - Katie, Huck, Luke, Julia, and Poppy. And while I figured out who the sexual predator in the story was almost immediately, I was surprised by another plot twist at the end.
I was also pleased by some unexpectedly delicious foodie bits that were woven throughout. From Katie's love of cooking ("I love cooking, I do. I love sharing food.") to the Chase's gourmet personal chef, to the every man's beach/summer/picnic food, to the boring and bland country club offerings, to the over-priced, pretentious Hamptons food...there was a little bit of everything.
If you don't mind, I'll take two egg salad sandwiches and a glass of that cheap Chardonnay you serve.
While I can't say that this book ranks high on my "recommended" list, I will say that it would make a great trashy beach read if over-exaggerated and totally stereotyped "guy talk" doesn't bother you...and that you don't have any kids who like to sneak up and read over your shoulder.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.