Friday, May 15, 2015

ARC Review: Winging It by Christine S. Feldman

Title: Winging It
Author: Christine S. Feldman
Publication: May 20th 2015 

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Up until now, straitlaced Simon Kirkendale has done an admirable job of keeping his high society mother’s demands for grandbabies at bay, but lately she’s kicked things into high gear. So he isn’t too disappointed to delay her latest matchmaking attempt when a pretty stranger hops into the backseat of his car en route to one of his mother’s dinner parties and tells him to drive. A car-jacking? Nope. More like a bird on the run, but this particular bird happens to be a parrot who has slipped its cage, and Simon’s new acquaintance desperately needs to get it back before she loses sight of it altogether.

Ever the nice guy—and okay, maybe also a little intrigued by the colorful Miss Juleen Pruitt’s sudden appearance in his car—Simon hits the gas pedal and obliges only to find himself unwittingly dragged into a wild goose chase around town for a bird who seems to be determined to either get itself killed or the two people trying to catch it. Simon’s money is on the latter.

But it turns out that a little disruption and chaos in his life might just be what Simon needs most—especially if it comes in the form of Juleen.

If he can just manage to survive meeting her…

Winging It by Christine S. Feldman is honestly the cutest and funniest book I have read this year. I can't remember how many times I laughed out loud or smiled like crazy with it.

I really liked the main character, Simon Kirkendale from the start and the story pretty much starts with a woman named Juleen jumping into his car and telling him to drive to chase Franky, her grandfather's parrot, that she lost. This was already so funny because I hadn't really expected this to happen. To say Simon was startled is an understatement but he goes along with it anyway. 

The rest of the story continues with trying to catch Frankie, which is very entertaining to say the least, from jumping into a pond to getting set on fire. I also loved how Simon  found out how a bit of absurdity is not a bad thing, especially where Juleen is concerned because she's not an average woman. And I can't point out enough how much I loved the humor in this book. I don't read a lot of romantic comedy books but is they're all like this I might have to read more.

Usually with short novellas like this I find that there's not enough room for me to really get to know the character or have a connection to them or the story but this is definitely not the case with this story. It was very engaging and of course funny as hell. Not quite a five-star read but I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, especially if you're looking for a hilarious story that's well-written and entertaining. 

About the Author:

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle.

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