The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft, Lola Salt

The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft)

 

The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft, Lola Salt
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved Becky Wicks Before He Was Famous and Before He Was Gone and Sarah Alderson’s Come Back to Me so was looking forward to this collaborative book. Sadly though it didn’t work for me Sad smile I didn’t really take to Lara, she seemed shallow and celebrity obsessed. I need to feel for the main character, to be upset when things go wrong and happy for her/him when they go right, but really with Lara I just felt she got what she deserved. All the things that happened to her she made happen by her actions, she was careless of what she did and not bothered about the effect they had on others. Tyler was a typical example, she just thought about what she wanted, not about how he would feel and after, rather than tell him it was just a fling she let him think she’s be back.
The humour just felt too forced, and reminded me of those 70’s sitcoms where flash cards saying “clap/laugh/groan” were held up to the audience. It felt like the book tried too hard, that every bit of humour needed to be squeezed out of a situation, so in Australia we had the contrast of a Tourette’s type swearing done by a heavily bible thumping, Christian man, and in Dubai a very OTT stereotype gay prince with his brother being the multi-married, egotistical playboy type. I just didn’t find the humour in the situations Lara found herself in. Its a shame because I loved the other works from both writers, and they’re on my keepers file but this one – nope, not for me Sad smile
Its got a perfect ending though TBH I disliked Lara so much by then that I didn’t think she deserved it…Happily though this is just my opinion, and as ever we all want different things. Though it didn’t work for me I’m sure there’ll be fans that love it, for whom the humour is perfect and who root for Lara.
Stars: Two. Everyone gets it wrong sometimes and it was my error in choosing this book. I’ll still be happy to read others by these two talented ladies. Disliking one book doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the next.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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