Friday, August 16, 2013

Tasty Review & Giveaway: Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir By: Eliza Watson

Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients. Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.

****My Review****

Loved this book!!!!!!!!!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about it. 

Kissing My Old Life Au RevoirFirst of all, love the heroine. She's strong, courageous, doesn't let people walk all over her (except her sister, kinda), and stands up for her rights in a male-dominated profession. She's been passed over for a much-deserved promotion. 

"If you at least partied, then being a woman in a good ole boy company wouldn't be such a major strike against you."

She lost the job for being "too professional".

She doesn't cry. She doesn't bow her head and just complete her assignment in Paris. She fights back. She quits, makes demands, and leaves the company to realize how badly they need her. She becomes a silent advocate for women fighting for equality in the workplace everywhere. She has a FB page. This is just so much fun and incredible! I love that this story addressed such a major issue. This isn't one of those stories in which a woman just sits around waiting for a man to rescue her and make her life worth living. Pfffht.

When her longtime boyfriend proposes, she says, "I've wasted three years on you. Sure as hell not wasting a great bottle of wine."

While all that's going on, secrets are being revealed in Paris. Her sister's lifestyle--there's more going on than meets the eye. Her long lost'm not saying anything. A mystery develops and Samantha ends up running all over Paris looking for her sister and trying to find out who fathered her niece. There's a passionate affair with a sexy puppeteer, former chef...that may come to a screeching halt when yet another secret is revealed.

This book has it ALL: mystery, mayhem, drama, secrets, sex, love, passion, finding oneself, travel, and a strong woman at the helm.

I cannot wait for the author's next one. I'm frothing here.

Favorite part:

"When will I be ready? When I have a sex change? I'm not the right man for the job, Roger I'm the right woman for the job. Women make up twenty-five percent of the beer market. You're missing out on one of the biggest demographics. Stop turning them off from Brecker with sexist marketing campaigns. You work hard not to offend ethnic groups, so why do you want to offend women?"

About the Author:
Eliza’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie's Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn't an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When she’s not traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.

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  1. Thanks so much for the awesome review Tara! I'm so glad you enjoyed Samantha's story!

  2. My husband once lost a job for being 'too professional' -- military and he was trying for an attache job. We both had to go for the interview, and I 'passed' but he was too 'by the book'. So it's not just the female who loses out *said with a grin*.
    I do want to read this story -- ". . . mystery, mayhem, drama, secrets, sex, love, passion, finding oneself, travel, and a strong woman at the helm." It's just *got* to be great!

  3. I'd head for Europe I think. Learn to speak another language.