Ready to get your lightsaber skills on???
Welcome to my stop on the Neurotica Blog Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions. Click here to follow along with the tour schedule!
Author: Eliza Gordon
Publication date: August 7th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy for review
If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks - best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn't going to get her lightsaber lit.
After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won't let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker's, hears she's been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling eclairs and turnovers at his side. Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.
With the promises of geeking out to Star Wars and reading about awesome witty characters, I couldn't wait to dig into Neurotica! Having read Eliza Gordon's previous release, Must Love Otters, I knew I was going to be laughing out loud with every page.
Jayne is just...REAL. She's not perfect, doesn't look like a model, and loves Star Wars. She's average like me! I love reading about characters that are down-to-earth and don't wake up looking like they're ready to walk down a runway. I adored her - she has some psychological hang-ups about getting romantic, and I can understand that fear she had. She's witty and intelligent, and you can't help but want her to succeed in finding happiness.
I loved that Luke had so much in common with Jayne. They could geek out over Star Wars together, he helped her out by giving her a job at his food truck when she was laid off from the newspaper, and I kept wondering when are they going to realize they would be great together???
You know, there's another guy in this story who really surprised me, and I wondered where, if anywhere, that was going to go.
My only problem was the drama towards the end. It changed the way I looked at a couple of the characters, but it didn't ruin the book for me or anything.
I love Eliza Gordon's sense of humor that she infuses into her books, and Neurotica is definitely a side-splitter. The characters she breathed life into in this book are quirky and remind me in some ways of people I know in real life. Jayne is like the underdog everyone will want to root for. If you like laughing, witty characters, and spectacular writing, you need to read Neurotica!!
A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone. http://www.elizagordon.com
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