Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister @traciebanister #Review

 ARC received from Netgalley.

The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?
Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.
The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she's known forever.
Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?

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There is a lovely light hearted feeling to this story even if at times I was shaking my head at some of Izzy's antics. Izzy is definitely fun and lively although not without her flaws. However after being told that her modelling days are pretty much over she decides to find a man who can keep her in the lifestyle that she has become accustomed to. This is when the reader goes on a very fun journey with a little help from Izzy's family and friends. Izzy is a force of nature and has a larger than life personality that I found hard to not smile at.

I believe that this book is a sequel however with me not reading the first book I wasn't confused in the slightest meaning Izzy As Is could easily be classed as a standalone. It's a lovely feel good story even if Izzy's ideas aren't always the best ones. The story is flirty and definitely fun along with pretty much making me giggle and smile all the way through which was a great combination to have.

Izzy As Is provides pure escapism from every day life and it cheered me up no end!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Tracie Banister & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).
Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.

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