How Hard Can It Be?

Robyn Peterman
How Hard Can It Be?
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Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date
January 2013
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail—just to start with…

Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I've embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance?

Leave it to me to wind up in a group of porno writing grannies who discuss sex toys and apple cobbler in the same breath. Also leave it to me to leak an outlandish plot idea to a bestselling author with the morals of a rabid squirrel. And only I could get arrested for a jewelry heist I didn't commit—by a hunky cop whose handcuffs just might tempt me to sign up for a life of crime. Maybe I've found my calling after all…

Book Review by Angie Just Read... (reviewer)
Feb 13, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
102 people found the following review helpful
The Boy Scouts always tell you to be prepared, so grab on tight because this is one wild ride!

Rena Gunderschlict isn't your typical buttoned up and by the book accountant with a Midwestern Lutheran upbringing. She's a single thirtyish misfit with a foul mouth, some crazy relatives, and a burning desire to explore new employment options based rather loosely on sage advice delivered by Oprah Winfrey. Unfortunately, after having her hopes of becoming a weather girl dashed by a TV station taking out a restraining order and banning her from the premises, Rena decides to try her hand at writing bodice ripper romance novels. After all, how hard can that be?

At her first romance writers' meeting, Rena finds herself listening to a group of grannies with bad haircuts discussing sex acts like it's a reunion of former porn stars. It's no surprise that zany Rena is embraced by the group but by affiliation, she soon finds herself embroiled in chaotic blackmail and her life spiraling totally out of her control. But spending time with sexagenarian grannies, while writing the most bizarre, colorful, and lewd romance novel ever, can't be all bad when Rena's sexy arresting officer Jack Carrena is in such hot, hot pursuit.

Author Robyn Peterman has crafted an over-the-top crazy tale full of funny characters, bawdy humor, very colorful language, and inventive anatomical phrasing. I must admit that, prior to getting to page fifty, I really wasn't sure what to make of it, as it could be either a rollicking romance or ribald chick lit. I soon realized HOW HARD CAN IT BE? is a combination of both that culminated in a truly unique storytelling style akin to a fast-paced, action packed Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie movie, but with an overdose of estrogen instead of testosterone.

Ms Peterman inventively utilized almost every cliché and misconception the population has ever had about romance novels and plastic surgery and makes use of them as plot devices and in such a truly creative way that this book had me simultaneously rolling my eyes and belly laughing out loud all the way through. The plot and characters within it really appealed to my sense of the ridiculous and made me continuously think of that friend everyone has that just blurts out what everyone else is thinking but is too afraid to say. Now, securely fasten your seatbelts and place your tray tables in their upright and locked positions before reading!
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