Friday, March 19, 2021

Book Review: Project Kaitlyn

By Sara Steven

Meet Kaitlyn Colby, a clumsy, inappropriate blurter with self-esteem issues, but also quite handy with an axe. She's certainly no superhero, but she fights the battles of a single mom with sweet snarkasm. Between work and pining for and co-parenting with her man-child ex (is there any other kind?), Kaitlyn has no time to find that special someone. And if she did, would he really want her anyway? Kaitlyn's sister and friends (The Sweet Water Circle) say yes, so following a typical Kaitlyn slip up, The Circle intervenes to force her out of the funk that she fell into following her unwanted divorce.

When Kaitlyn makes a decision to pursue her advertising career over love, she tumbles (like no tumble you've ever seen…or heard) into the life of hunky, bay breeze-drinking Hunter Dixon, an ad exec who is intrigued enough by Kaitlyn that he hires her firm to revive a struggling project, much like herself.

Can Kaitlyn become the woman she needs to be to land the man of her dreams? Maybe. Maybe not. But you'll laugh out loud as she tries. There's no doubt you'll be rooting for the lovable, hilarious, and relatable Kaitlyn. And you'll probably love her friends, too, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the Sweet Water Circle series!
(Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

The blunt honesty in Project Kaitlyn was nothing short of refreshing! Kaitlyn tells it like she sees it, even when she shouldn’t, and it is what so many of us wish we’d have the allowance to say out loud when faced with similar scenarios and situations. 

Kaitlyn's getting hit from all directions when it comes to her love life and her work life, which ends up intersecting in only the best way possible. Hunter Dixon reminded me of a Mr. Big-type character, you know, from Sex and the City. Only, the life that Kaitlyn lives isn’t anywhere near as cosmopolitan as the ladies from New York City, not when she’s strapped with her man-child ex—what a perfect way to describe him, and the floozy acerbic coworker who seems taken with Hunter, too, going out of her way to torture Kaitlyn on a near daily basis. Kaitlyn’s not sure which direction she should go in, in order to find her own means of happiness while making sure her children are taken care of, too. And, it doesn’t help that she has a tough time asserting herself when she needs to the most.

Despite the self-esteem issues, it was fun to witness the banter between the characters who mean the most to Kaitlyn, and the ones she’d rather toss an axe at. Project Kaitlyn was chock full of sweet, sweet dialogue, and I could easily picture the scenarios, the settings, could place myself in Kaitlyn’s shoes, even in the moments that were cringeworthy and incredibly awkward; there were a lot of those. But at the heart of it all is a path to evolvement, and I really enjoyed watching Kaitlyn find her way through the pages and the heartache and the triumphs, too, because deep at the heart of it, this is really a story about a woman who has lost herself, and needs to rediscover who she is.

Kaitlyn is funny. Charming. Quirky and Awkward. But most importantly, she’s real. I really enjoyed her and her story, making this a worthy five-star experience!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30's and 40's as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.

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