Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Holding Out for a Hero, by Victoria Van Tiem {ends 2/27}

Right now, I need a hero. Seriously: where's my white knight upon a fiery steed? He doesn't need to be strong, fast, or fresh from the fight, he just needs to be larger than life and capable of saving mine. It's a mess. But there's no way I could've predicted the position I find myself in right now.

No one could.

Libby London is the owner of Pretty in Pink, an '80s vintage-themed store in New York City. She recently found out that her sublease has been canceled, and she has 30 days to vacate the premises. On top of that, her friends keep trying to fix her up with "eligible bachelors," and all of the dates go horribly awry; Libby is starting to think that she may be single forever.

Official synopsis:
Their love survived the 80s. She wished she hadn't.
A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80's soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies...

Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she's completely falling apart... Her New York City fashion sensibility is more 'vintage tragedy' than 'retro babe' and might just be what's holding her back in all matters of life and love...

At least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past? Between her dreaded birthday party, friend's madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby's nearing the end of the rope... If her therapist isn't quick, it could be a literal one.


I found Libby to be a cute and believable heroine. This book is also chock-full of '80s references ... to be honest, sometimes it started to get annoying, but for most of the book I had '80s songs running through my head (like "Holding Out for a Hero," for instance). The author also has a prequel, called Let's Hear It For the Boy (which, according to her, was on Wattpad and may pop up on Amazon soon), and then that song was stuck in my head all day too.

I've read other books by this author, and liked them, as well - most of them are "chick lit." I also found this book to have some British slang and spellings in them, which was interesting since Libby lives in NYC and I believe is from there. 

There's also a small mystery going on throughout the book, and we get to figure it out at the end when Libby reveals some details to her psychiatrist. 

Overall, I'd recommend this book for anyone who loves the '80s and/or nostalgia, or for anyone who likes "chick lit" with a central theme throughout.

3.5 stars out of 5.
{Click here to purchase}

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

The author has graciously agreed to provide one paperback copy for one of my lucky readers to win!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Saturday, February 27th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be chosen and notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. and Canadian residents only, please.

Good luck!

Holding out for a hero

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