Monday, April 1, 2013

Guest Book Review: Finding Lucas

By Marlene Engel

Thirty-two year-old Jamie Ross has been in a stale relationship with Derek for three out of the last five years. The carefree man that once wanted to travel the world with just a passport and the clothes on his back is now the poster boy for metro sexual men everywhere! It’s amazing how much one person can change when their controlling mother comes sauntering back into their life. Traits of Jamie's that were once considered endearing to Derek were now just plain annoying. But Jamie makes no apologies for her taste in discount clothing, her job as an assistant producer for one of Chicago’s sleaziest talk shows or for her family’s eccentric lifestyle. With the support of her family and friends, Jamie decides to put her big girl panties on and leave the safe lifestyle that she has been living with Derek. And that’s exactly what it was...Derek’s lifestyle.

With Derek no longer in her life, Jamie sets out to find her long lost love, Lucas. Okay, maybe love is a bit of an exaggeration. Sex buddy is more of an operable term for it. Although she hasn’t seen or talked to him in ten years, he has made a lasting impression on her. But how would she find him? Where would she start? Then an idea came to her while she was in the process of searching for long lost loves for a segment on the talk show for which she works. Why not use the same resources to find Lucas? Of course there are some concerns. Will he be the same guy she remembers? Will he be disappointed when he sees her? Will they rekindle what they had? Come join Jamie on her adventure to find Lucas.

Finding Lucas is author Samantha Stroh Bailey’s debut novel. It is a laugh-out-loud, funny, and extremely enjoyable book. You will fall in love with Jamie and her zany family and friends. Each character has their own quirky attributes which makes them so lovable, relatable and fun. I could easily see my friends and myself doing something like this. Jamie and I have similarities right down to our shared love for discount clothing. Our friends are very similar whereas they are fun, down-to-earth and always there for us. The book was extremely well written and I really enjoyed the comedic aspect of it. I hated having to put the book down and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I look forward to reading future novels from this author and would definitely recommend this book to others. I give this book a five out of five star rating! Go out and get this book. You will not be disappointed!

Marlene Engel is a stay at home mom who runs a home daycare. She lives in Clifton Park, New York with her husband and (almost) three year-old daughter. She also has three older boys who live away from home while attending college. She is an adoptive/foster parent and an advocate for the special needs population. In her spare time she enjoys reading and getting together with her book club.

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Samantha Stroh Bailey said...

Thank you so much, Marlene and Chick Lit Central for such a wonderful review of my book. I am so excited and touched. What a way to start the day!

Meredith said...

I absolutely loved Finding Lucas and agree 100% with Marlene. 5 stars all the way!