I’m a firm believer that clichés can be amazing – as long as they’re used right. Undoubtedly, Lila Rose, as a romcom-author, would agree with me. But what is the author to do, when her life becomes the book? I mean, why else would you go on a Honeymoon for One, right?
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
When disaster strikes, paradise calls…
As a published novelist, Lila Rose has been writing about fictional weddings all her life. But disaster strikes on her own big day when she hears her philandering fiancé, Daniel whispering sweet nothings to someone else.
With her dream day shattered, all Lila wants to do is run and hide, so she decides to fly solo on her own honeymoon.
When Daniel arrives in the resort with his new squeeze, Lila strikes up a ‘showmance’ with hot new movie star, Freddie Bianchi. Freddie is perfect for the part and Lila soon relaxes into her leading lady role.
But as truth starts to merge with fiction, could real love be in the air?
Now, as I said before: this is a book that is not afraid of a healthy dosis of clichés. Here’s the thing though: Honeymoon for One sees those clichés executed right. There’s little twists thrown in, there’s great attention to detail… And best of all: there’s a level of self-awareness that I really enjoyed.
As I mentioned before: the main character is an author of romcom fiction. That means that she, herself, is very much aware of the cliché-ness of what’s going on. I mean, she even starts the book writing about her and her fiance, to then realise she has to start a new book… Which will, of course, turn out to be some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.
One final note: I’ve gabbed about how I don’t typically like books narrated in the first person – quite – often on this blog. However, this book does that, and manages to do it right. In other words: there’s a certain lack of self-importance in the way Lila describes everything going on which I really appreciated. Even if it did get at times annoying just how convinced she was Freddie would never fall for someone like her. Give the man some credit!
The rating: 3.75
Honestly, I surprised myself with how much I liked this book. The writing really just got me hooked from page one. Combined with the attention to detail as well as the slightly humoristic effect the self-awareness offered? This was a perfect summer-holiday-read! (Goodreads)