Monday, April 15, 2013

The Good Life Book Tour, Review and Giveaway

Author: Jodie Beau
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 9, 2013
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Book Blurb: Twenty two year old Roxie Golightly is a fun and carefree spirit...until she marries a wealthy man and her role as a trophy wife leaves her isolated in a condo with an ironing board and an obsessive desire to impress people.

When her marriage ends after seven years, Roxie's identity is buried under layers of furniture polish and piles of designer shoes. She doubts she can ever be the person she once was.

But when Roxie's charmed life is turned upside down, her best friend creates The Good Life List to help turn it back around. The instructions are simple: Complete each task on the Good Life List by the end of the summer.

With list in hand and the help of a sexy and charismatic guy from her past, Roxie is only a few check marks away from living the good life, even if it means getting thrown out of a bar or skinny dipping in the neighbor's pool at 3am.
My Rant:
What a book, this story was fun and exciting. Although there were times I got quite emotional over the story there were some completely laugh out loud moments for me.

In life everyone wants a do over especially when you hit rock bottom and that’s exactly what Roxy did.
She completely wanted to start over and find out who she was in the process; basically she did not have a chose.  It always seems to take a life altering or disastrous incident to make you reevaluate your life but the best way Roxy would try to cope with it was not to confront the issue at all. I don’t blame her one bit I probably would have run straight for the hills too and never looked back. 

I mean lets be honest here. There are so many times we women put our lives on hold because we are mothers and supporters of our family and its hard not too. You get so used to doing for everyone else you basically forget about yourself and you begin to conform and change. Everyone is a priority except you. You forget what it is like to be carefree because you lost who you were to compromise for your love ones. So I can relate to Roxy and was able to attach myself to her difficulty in finding her self again. But I struggled with her personality at times because she could be so shallow.

I was completely saddened by the end of her relationship with her husband and to top it off he was such an A$$ about it. But what made me respect her more was the strength she used to leave with dignity. She didn’t give that sorry SOB the satisfaction.

I always say when life throws a rock at you; you better duck or better yet run!

But I smiled a little when that jerk realized maybe he made a mistake and wanted her back. That was the sweetest revenge anyone could get in the story and yes it did make me smile and chuckle to myself.

Roxy was strong and funny her personality commanded the scene the things that came out of her mouth had me busting a rib or too literally, I laughed so hard I cried. The story line was riveting.  The book got more interesting when she moved back home to live with her brother and her friend Hope basically tells her in order to find herself she need to complete some task off a bucket list. LOL , the good life list and what a list it was to help Roxy be the careless spirit she used to be before she met Caleb.

Hope add flair to the story. As Roxy best friend she made it a priority to get Roxy back on her game and out of the rut she was in. I completely loved Hope because she was that friend that stood by you no matter what and her character in the story totally kicked- butt. Hope completely Rocks!!!!!.

When Jake made his appearance it was like love at first site for me. He was fun, smart and safe…. Which was a good thing after such a disastrous split from her husband of eight years but the fire that sparked between him and Roxy was enough to burn a couple of houses down. Jake was HOT! He was also caring and had a bad boy exterior with all those tattoos but what made him more appealing, he was Roxy brother’s best friend and Jake had a bleeding heart. I found it interesting that the two of them had a complete history with each other that made the love they shared for one another was magical. The ending was everything I hoped it would be.

My Recommendation:  

The Good Life was such a good story that I rated this book 4 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good Contemporary Romance. 

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

About The Author

Jodie has been writing fiction since she was a child and it was only natural she would pursue it as a career.

While studying at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, she took every writing class offered before she received a BA in Media Arts. After graduation she moved to Wilmington, NC, with big dreams of one day writing for movies and TV.

Then she met a boy…and there was a wedding. A few years later came another boy, this one even cuter.

She gave up her “pipe dream” of being a Hollywood screenwriter and moved back to Detroit to be a wife, mom and career waitress. But babies sleep a lot and she got bored and it was either write or clean the house. So she wrote.

She began with a pregnancy/mom blog (, but she dreamed of doing more with her writing than making people laugh with stories of baby poop. So she decided to take a chance, to see if success wasn’t just a pipe dream. The Good Life is her first novel.

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Thursday, April 11
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Sunday, April 14
The Indie Bookshelf
Monday, April 15
Crystal’s Random Thoughts
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