I wrote this 5 star review for Chic Lit Café. A great chic lit holiday read.
A great addition to women’s fiction, this is a humorous rendition of starting a new life in New York. Everyday woman Willow starts afresh in more than one way when she leaves everything familiar behind and moves from Scotland to the Big Apple. Amusing and lighthearted, with undercurrents of ‘finding one’s self’ and standing on your own feet make this an engaging read.
There’s nothing I like more than curling up on the sofa with a book I can’t put down, and Warpaint was such a book! What I loved about Willow is the fact that she is an everyday woman with real problems. This isn’t one of those billionaire romances; this is normal and is much more entertaining for it. Slightly overweight, prone to making the wrong decisions’ oh, and picking the wrong men, meet Willow… makeup artist and new world adventurer! The mixed up hero/villain, whisking her off her feet in a whirlwind romance, is Rick. After only six weeks of knowing each other they are married and on their way to his apartment in NY. The reality of life in NY is described with much affectionate humor. The introduction to her ant invaded apartment had me chuckling for ages, dashed is her Hollywood vision of sophisticated Manhattan, replaced by the cold reality of living in Queens. Also dashed is her whimsical belief in love and a happy ever after, when the jealous ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene to ruin their relationship. Add to that the tribulations of obtaining her Green Card and you’ll understand this is no fairy tale, it is better than that: funny and moving and a story where we root for the girl to come good. J. J. Maya’s writing style has an easy flow making this Chic-Lit book a quick page-turner. With a unique plot and an endearing heroine, this is a great book to curl up with and forget the world for a moment.
Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not. Happy reading everyone!