Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Welcome to my tour stop for Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon.  This is an adult romantic comedy and  the tour runs February 24th- March 7th and will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews and more. You can find the full schedule on the tour page.

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
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My Review

Must Love Otters is an adorable romantic comedy/quarter-life crisis story with a nice dose of animal love (except for Yorkies--the poor Yorkies get a bad rap in this novel!)  I was so surprised when I was putting together this blog post and realized author Eliza Gordon is actually two people, because Hollie's very real, consistent voice is one of the strongest aspects of the novel. I don't know how a writing team pulled this off so seamlessly, but they did!

Hollie's sarcastic sense of humor does seem a bit abrasive at the beginning of the book, when she's stuck in a job and relationship that make her miserable, and I think some readers might be a little put off by how judgmental she is.  However, if you stick with the story, Hollie begins to soften as she meets new people and has new experiences that convince her she doesn't have to settle for a safe but unhappy life.  It's wonderful to watch Hollie gradually changing through the course of the story, though she remains funny and tell-it-like-it-is till the very end.

I wanted to read this story because of the title and the main character's love for animals, and that did come through in the book, although most of the animal interactions occurred in the latter part of the story.  The sweet scenes with the otters were worth the wait, and I especially liked learning why Hollie loves otters so much.  The setting, love interest Ryan, and secondary characters all contributed to the story, and I appreciated that Hollie figuring out what she really wanted to do with her life was as important to the story as the romantic plotline.  There are plenty of ridiculous hijinks as well--in fact, I'd say Must Love Otters is like the book version of an adorable romantic comedy, so if you want something sweet and fluffy but with some substance as well, this book is a good pick!

About this author
Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.


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