Friday, November 29, 2013

Status Update @MariCarr #Review

Some things never change. Others never stay the same. Thank God.

Status Update, Mari Carr
Second Chances, Book 3

Laura Sanders thought post-divorce life would be simple. What a rude awakening to realize that after too many years as a wife and mother, she’s stuck in a rut so deep she’s forgotten how to have fun.

Determined that this year will be different, she sets a New Year’s goal to rediscover the woman she used to be—the one who loved to dance, to laugh, to kiss.

When Bryan Sinclair spots his best friend from high school in the Blue Moon bar, he wonders how the hell he failed to notice her beauty and vitality all those years ago. Laura’s confession that she plans to experience lost opportunities tempts him into joining her on the journey.

Together they make up for lost time, in and out of the bedroom. But there’s one area in which Laura has no plans to change the status quo—her heart. And Bryan has his work cut out convincing her to take another chance. On him. On forever.

Warning: This story contains sex at Rocky Horror, sex at a Jimmy Buffett concert, sex on the stairs, sex on the dining-room table, sex on the dance floor, and even sex in a bed.

  

Review:

Mari Carr writes the kind of story that makes you ditch Black Friday sales and stay curled up in front of the fire!  If you think a series can't possibly be consistently good each and every installment, take a pause and check this Second Chances series.  Book three in the series, Status Update feels like a juicy re-connection with old friends - catching up on the happenings of each woman's personal New Year's resolution.  With this latest addition, Carr once again dares to ask and answer another oldie but a goodie, "What would you do over, if you could have a do-over?"

Laura Sanders has to be one of my favorite characters of all time, for the simple reason that she is so damned relatable.  Her resolution to "find herself" doesn't spawn from some shallow recreate-your-youth wish but an honest yearning for those simple things that bring joy and passion to a desperately lacking life.  How many women wake up and realize they have lost the ability to live?  For Laura, just going out with her girlfriends, dancing and flirting with an old friend are enough to light a spark.  And everyone knows sparks lead to flames!

Bryan Sinclair may not be her old flame, but he sure makes up for lost time. And who wouldn't want a man who loves his daughter, his job and his woman?  The way Bryan sees Laura as a sexy, vibrant woman who is so much more than the girl of his youth - now that's the way a gal wants to be envisioned!  Theirs is a fun romance, a sexy romance, a truly steamy romance.  Watching Laura blossom, reconnect with her children and establish a new relationship post-divorce and garner the respect of her daughter who has frozen her out and her son who has just grown too busy makes the whole picture perfect.  

The frosting on this cake, of course, comes with the continued snippets of the other five women's stories.  From Shelly's physical transformation to Kristen's bickerfest with law partner Jason, the reader becomes completely invested in the family these women create for one another.  And, of course, no family gathering can be complete without a bottle of wine...or three!  Full of frisky frolicking and passionate kisses, Status Update makes you want to pull out your yearbook and find out who YOU left behind!

RATING: Five Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and the prized Ultimate Indulgence book award!



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