Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: How Hard Can It Be by Robyn Peterman

Blackmail. Revenge. Love At First Sight. Restraining Orders. Martians Living In TVs. Time Traveling Warlock Vampire Pirates. Shape Shifting Fairies. Pork Swords. Viper Bitch Whore From Hell.

If you just read those words and thought "what the what?" a la Liz Lemon, well, then you just read my mind.

How Hard Can It Be?
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Humor
Rating: 4 Stars

Rena Gunderschlict (admittedly a horrible last name) is bored in her accounting job, so she decides to join a writers group to write a romance novel.  The group consists of 4 potty-mouthed, sex-crazed 70 year old writers: Poppy Harriet (who writes about sex while using garden tools), Nancy (who writes sexy cookbooks), Joanne (not sure what she writes, slasher books maybe?) and Shoshanna LeHump (who writes about bdsm). Rena quickly learns that famous author Evangeline O'Hara, aka Viper Bitch Whore From Hell, has been stealing the book ideas these women come up with and writing them as her own.  When Evangeline joins the meeting, Rena steps forward to protect the 4 scared older ladies and she pitches her own ridiculous book.  A time traveling warlock vampire pirate is in love with a conjoined twin, Shirley, but hates the other, Laverne, so he takes them to the future to John's Hopkins for a surgery to separate them.  Evangeline loves the story idea and offers Rena $30,000 to dictate the book to her.  She agrees.  When Rena runs an errand for Evangeline and breaks her restraining order, sexy cop Jack is forced to arrest her. Quickly, the tables are turned on Rena and she is blackmailed, along with the other women, into writing the book for free. Rena and her friends decide to exact revenge on Evangeline by writing the worst book imaginable and ruining her career. 

What entails is a hilarious, ridiculous tale of exacting revenge, helping friends, and falling in love.  Now, when I read the first few pages, I was totally confused because you are thrust right into the middle of a conversation, but I kept with it and the book started to come together.  Ridiculously and implausibly, but it comes together.  Rena is a fun character.  She's smart, but has a tendency to run off at the mouth, and has a hilarious imagination.  Her family is a hoot - especially her Aunt, who is crazy. And then there's Jack the cop.  Totally sexy and sweet, I picture him to be Channing Tatum. But then I can pretty much envision any character to look like Channing Tatum.

If you are easily offended by inappropriate language, you will not like this book.  I thought I had a potty mouth, but compared to this, I'm Mother Teresa.  There are quite a few F-bombs.  Per page.  However, if you are not easily offended by curse words, and have an appreciation for the ridiculous and a good sense of humor, you will enjoy this.

This book was supplied to me by NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.

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