If you loved the feeling of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, you'll love the (slightly less beauteous) FAKING IT.
When you share a name with a notorious virginal saint, men tend to expect that the white dress will be legit. Vivia Perpetua Grant decided it would be easier just to let her fiance believe he was her first, but when he finds out the truth, Vivia is not only out a future husband, but her company (owned by said fiance) fires her. With accompaniment and encouragement from her BFF Fanny, Vivia decides to take her giant engagement ring on her expensive honeymoon.
Though the idea of biking Provence and Tuscany for 2 weeks with a group does not appeal to her AT ALL, it turns out the delicious French bike guide Jean-Luc de Caumont sure does. Vivia should be mourning the loss of her relationship, not swooning over an incredible accent with a sinful pair of legs! Pleasing others and being what they think she should be is what Vivia does best. It's high time she learn to love the person she really is, and what better place to figure herself out than under the breathtaking Tuscan sun?
This first book in The It Girls
series had me LOL'ing the entire way through, and when I wasn't cracking up, I at least had a smile on my face. Vivia is convinced she's going to wind up an old, unmarried homeless lady with 20 cats living in her little box with her...or maybe a featured performer on Just Try Not To Laugh:
"Strands of hair have slipped from my ponytail and hang limply over my shoulders. My mascara has formed circles around my eyes, giving me that rabid raccoon look. A button missing from my J. Crew cardigan and a quarter sized stain mars my blouse. I am one tramp-stamp away from joining the People of Walmart."
Love it! And this one sums up Vivia's personality perfectly:
"I am Vivia Perpetua Grant, unemployed, jilted, cranky, covered-in dust Vivia. I have a tattoo of a sushi roll on my ass and stubble burn from having crazy-hot monkey sex. I hate olives and I hate cycling, but I am riding eighteen miles to eat a Tuscan olive and impress a French man. The road I am on is not bucolic. It is littered with empty limoncello bottles and sheep shit. I am not joyously navigating my way through a labyrinth of picturesque pastoral roads. I'm dodging my way around potholes and speeding Fiats."
FAKING IT is just so perfectly REAL that, despite the typically idyllic setting of the South of France and Italy, Vivia's not so perfect character will resonate with so many women who have gone through any kind of breakup. This funny, sweet and sexy rom-com will have you remembering your own wild nights that you only remember through photographic evidence.
This was also a sensual book, and while the few sex scenes were pretty hot, overall it's more of a girl power homage than anything else. The only thing that bummed me out was how the ending was wrapped up. I'd have preferred a bit extra in the story instead of a quick little bow in the epilogue that was rushed through.
Bottom Line: I'm really excited about the next book in this series to catch up with Vivia and company...I hope Fanny gets the spotlight!