Saturday, 4 January 2014

Review: A Toast to the Good Times by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt


Title: A Toast to the Good Times
Authors: Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
Genre: New Adult
Source: Purchased by myself
Publication Date: 19th November 2012

Tell Me About It
It’s the eve before Christmas Eve, and all that twenty-three-year-old Landry has on the agenda for the holiday is moping in the bar that he left everything behind to open.

And he’s got plenty to mope about.

He found his girlfriend treating herself to a little holiday delight with his best friend;
He hasn’t seen his family in over a year- since he alienated them all and ended up spending a night in jail;
And he may have just ruined the perfect, uncomplicated thing he had going with his platonically hot roommate, Mila.

Drinks all around!

But when he gets a call from his sister, Paisley, begging him to make it home for a huge announcement, he tosses aside his better judgment, (or, what’s left of it after that last round of drinks) and hops on the first train back home to Jersey.

But home for the holidays isn’t all mugs of cocoa and fireside chats with his family.
Landry left the people he loves the most high and dry when he fled to Boston and spent all of his inheritance…the inheritance money that he was supposed to use to help save his family’s floundering bar.

His dad will hardly look at him, his ex is maybe stalking him, his sister has dropped a bombshell on the family, and a flame from the past catches his eye. When Landry’s present and near past collide, it only further complicates things.

Landry thought he was leaving all of his problems behind when he left his family in New Jersey. But he comes home to find out that problems, like family, never go away. And sometimes facing the past with the help of someone who’s fearless about the future is the only way to move on.

Cheers?

My Thoughts
You know those books that you buy and have every intention to read them immediatley, then find yourself a year later still waiting to read said book. A Toast to the Good Times is one of those books. Steph and Liz are authors that I don't even have to think before buying, and unfortunately I just never got around to reading their book.....until now.

Landry, owns and runs a bar, estranged from family after they posted his bail after getting into a fist fight with his Dad. When I began reading how he hadn't seen them for a year, no more making popcorn strings for Xmas tree I was expecting him to say they had died, so when I got to the fist fight part I couldn't help but laugh. He lives with room-mate and friend Mila, who looks out for him and although she is slightly away with the fairies, from seeing the first interaction between them I knew they were there to balance each other out.

I instantly like Mila with her crazy fashion sense and quirky personality, yet Landry had to earn it in my eyes, and as he slowly realises the truth about himself I began to warm up to him. This is helped when he gets to see parts of his families past that he never knew about, and while he initially tried to blame everything all on his Dad, he soon realises he had the wrong end of the stick and goes about trying to make amends in his own way.

Once Landry came to the realisation of who he wanted I liked how he went out of his way to prove himself worthy, and I thought his gift for Mila was perfect. Of course after this my heart melted just a little bit and I made the decision that he isn't so bad after all.
This duo together made me smile, even if it was just as friends, and I liked seeing the banter between them as A Toast to the Good Times progresses. I loved watching the relationship between Landry and Mila grow from friendship to something more, and while it's not an easy journey, and there are definitely some bumps and hurdles along the way, seeing them in the final chapter was worth this rough start.

While it took me a year to actually pick up A Toast to the Good Times and read the book, it only took a few hours to actually read it, and now that it's finished I kinda wish I had read it before Christmas and not after it, A Toast to the Good Times has all the Christmas spirit you could ever need in a book.

About Steph
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties & Riptides.

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About Liz
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).

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