Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[Book Review] How Hard Can It Be

Title: How Hard Can It Be
Author: Robyn Peterman
Date Published: January 17, 2013
Source: ARC
Genre: Chick-Lit, Humor
Rating: ★★★ 


About the Book:
What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail—just to start with…
Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I’ve embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance? 
Leave it to me to wind up in a group of grandmotherly porno writers who discuss sex toys and apple cobbler in the same breath. Also leave it to me to leak an outlandish plot idea to a bestselling author with the morals of a rabid squirrel. And only I could get arrested for a jewelry heist I didn’t commit—by a hunky cop whose handcuffs just might tempt me to sign up for a life of crime. Maybe I’ve found my calling after all…

Outlandish, bizarre, crazy and ridiculously entertaining! I was literally rolling on the floor laughing while reading this book! And pork-swords! One must never forget about pork-swords upon reading this book! LOL!

To be honest, this book didn't turn out the way I expected it to be. Sure, I expected humor, but not the outright deranged kind which was actually what was in this little treat of a book. 

Many times during reading the book, I would look up, stare blankly into space and ask myself, "What the hell did I just read?!". This I do with a seriously dumbfounded expression on my face. A little while later, I laugh out loud, and snort even louder.

The story line is borderline insane. The characters are crazy. The female lead has an inner slut and has a waaaay sluttier imagination. The male love interest is an honest cop. The side characters are all porno writers with quirky personalities. And the villain is actually a pair of booby bags, out of which grew a head and a body.

The best part that I really enjoyed in this book is the humor. I doubt anything in this book could happen in real life but imagining them happening was definitely hilarious and entertaining. Oh! And the many comical euphemisms for the male genitalia was definitely a plus, too! I mean seriously, "pork-sword"? And of course, let's not forget about the time-traveling, vampire-warlock-pirate named Dave. 

Though the romance between Rena and Jack took the back-seat in the story, I wouldn't complain. The story centered around Rena's interactions with a bunch of weird yet endearing people. Meeting Jack was only an icing to the cake.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is the viper bitch whore from hell a.k.a. Evangeline O'Hara, the antagonist in the story. She was portrayed as this overly flamboyant surgery addict who thought highly of her beauty that she failed to see just how much of a monster she has become. I didn't like how she was portrayed as evil without giving a reason why she turned out the way she was. It felt as if she was put in the story just for the sake of having a villain.

All in all though, the book is a blast and the story is awesome! It's not romance-y enough, but has enough crazy to make up for the inadequacy in the romance department. 

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