Friday, April 19, 2024

Book Review: The Suite Life


By Sara Steven

Gigi isn't looking for the one. Just someone...! As she gears up for her sister’s destination wedding in Hawaii, the countdown is on for Gigi to find a date. Just someone to prove to her friends and family that she's ok, and to stop the pitying looks would be great!

Of course she can’t wait to be bridesmaid for her sister, but it’s just not ideal that the best man is also her ex… especially when he is bringing his hot new reality star girlfriend!

But when Gigi arrives at the hotel in Hawaii to find there has been a mix-up with her room, and she’s been upgraded to a suite, things start to look up. Not only is the room bigger than her entire flat, but the staff are waiting on her hand and foot, and she’s being treated like royalty!

Something isn’t quite right, but the suite life suits Gigi, and why shouldn’t she pamper herself while she mends her broken heart? It may even lead to her finding the perfect date after all… (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Gigi is one tough lady. I don’t know if I would ever be able to spend time with my ex and his reality star girlfriend, even if it is at my sister’s destination wedding! Given it’s been barely a minute since the ex had made the decision to let Gigi go, quickly picking up with the reality star, it only adds insult to injury. But Gigi would do anything for her sister and family, and I thought it was sweet that Gigi always tried to see the silver lining to a situation. She tries hard to focus on the fact that she can be supportive, while spending time in Hawaiian paradise. 

What later ensues is a mix-up of identity, but all in Gigi’s favor. Call it karmic payback for how wonderful she is–particularly when the ex’s girlfriend seems to poke and prod at Gigi whenever an opportunity arises, all in an effort to knock Gigi down a peg or two. It was so funny to read the reactions the girlfriend has when the staff of the hotel they are all staying in goes above and beyond and then some for Gigi, with continual upgrades, access to areas of the hotel that are only privy to the elite, even a leisurely ride on the hotel’s yacht! Gigi later discovers the source of the mix-up, but I couldn’t blame her for wanting to continue on with the charade. 

Alongside the mix-ups is the need for Gigi to find a suitable man to go as her plus one to her sister’s wedding. She’d alluded to having someone special all along, but that isn’t true. And, she doesn’t want to feel like she’s the odd man out, especially since the ex has seemed to level up, even though I quickly discovered that wasn’t the case at all, and Gigi slowly discovers that as well. Sometimes, it’s all about the connections you make despite the title, and what looks shiny and bright isn’t always so–much like the reality star, it’s all about the way something appears to be versus how it really is. 

The Suite Life was such a fun, sweet read! For most of it, I wished more than anything to be in Hawaii–Portia MacIntosh did a great job of describing the atmosphere, and all I wanted to do was be part of it. It was the perfect lead into summer. A definite five-star experience!

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

Portia MacIntosh is the bestselling author of over 20 romantic comedy novels. From disastrous dates to destination weddings, Portia’s romcoms are the perfect way to escape from day to day life, visiting sunny beaches in the summer and snowy villages at Christmas time. Whether it’s southern Italy or the Yorkshire coast, Portia’s stories are the holiday you’re craving, conveniently packed in between the pages.

Formerly a journalist, Portia has left the city, swapping the music biz for the moors, to live the (not so) quiet life with her husband and her dog in Yorkshire.

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