Cocktails at Le Carmen, Isabelle Andover

Cocktails at Le Carmen,  Isabelle Andover
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
This appealed, sometimes some light, fluffy fun reading is warranted so I chose this one yesterday. Its what it says, light easy chic-lit type reading. No deep heavy emotions, not dark mysteries, just a fun story about Chloe’s move to Paris.
She’s been dating Scott for sometime, and they live together – she expected some token protest at least when her job relocated her to Paris, but he was just enthusiastic about what a good career move it was. Warning bells ought to have sounded then, but….so she trots off to Gay Paree and has a ball of a time – after the bad start of dire journey, inability to find a place to live and making a few mistakes. Still, her elderly, grey haired boss Jean-Luc said to call if she’d any problems so she does, and he offers her a temp home in the Nanny flat for his on the way baby, just to tide her over. Imagine her shock then when she finally meets him to pick up the keys and see, contrary to the mental image she’d drawn up, this swooningly handsome, beautifully spoken God man. She’s tongue tied, red with embarrassment and the Fabulous model type but cold Ice Queen girlfriend looks her over like she’s just crawled out of the sewer, and makes it clear that letting her stay wasn’t her idea!
It kind of sets the scene for the next few months, with Chloe bumbling her way enthusiastically through Parisienne life. She does well at work, makes new friends and seems to meet Jean-Luc at times when she’s either hung over or wearing shabby/grubby clothes – mortification there  we’ve all done that – why doesn’t no one we want to impress see us when we look good, but only when we’ve just snorted coffee and are wearing half of it??
I enjoyed this, though expected things to heat up between Jean-Luc and to go downhill with Scott quicker, but it made for a fun, lingering journey broken up by the mad brideszilla sister, and lots of French fun times. I loved how enthusiastic she was about Pairs, how she threw herself into life there, and seeing the sights from her view.
Stars: Four, its a fun read, one I enjoyed but not enough to re read, but is perfect for a beach read or train journey where something easy is needed.
ARC supplied by 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 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.

6 responses to “Cocktails at Le Carmen, Isabelle Andover”

  1. Run Wright says :

    I just finished reading and about to post my review. I’ll come back and lost a link so you can check it out.

    • jeanniezelos says :

      just read your review – I’m always trying to stress that just because I don’t like a book doesn’t mean another reader will feel the same – and your review shows that so well.
      Was looking at your sugar detox – no fruit…well, barely any. I’d struggle with that, I eat more fruit than veg, its just so easy to snack on when you’re feeling lazy. I do know though that it has high sugar content 😦

      • Run Wright says :

        Thanks for the comment. I actually eat quite a bit of fruit on the sugar detox. Snacks mostly, so sometimes it doesn’t make it into the pics.
        Every book is not for every person. I agree. That’s why I try to be specific about what I don’t like about a book instead of just saying I hate it.

  2. Mary Smith says :

    This sounds like a great holiday read – just need the holiday now!

    • jeanniezelos says :

      you and me both Mary. Its june and here in the UK its been cold, rainy and very grey. Looks like once again our summer is going to be a dreary wet one.

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