London Calling

London Calling - Clare Lydon British rom-coms have always exuded a certain kind of charm for me and that's why I jumped on this book. Verdict: Its got all the ingredients that make for a charming read but unfortunately, it also includes all the attendant cliches typical of this genre.

Betrayed in dramatic fashion by her Aussie love, Jess escapes back home to London to nurse a broken heart and pick up the pieces of her life. Her friends waste no time in getting her back onto the dating scene. Some missteps, a one-night stand, and lots of beer and wine later, she thinks she's found true love...but persistent exes and other assorted kinks are there to make sure things don't go too smoothly.

The book is written in the first person (from Jess' point of view) so everything really hinges on how we like or dislike her. Other than the bold move back home, she doesn't seem to have much drive or direction in life--a rather wishy-washy personality. This eventually resulted in totally avoidable complications that could have been easily nipped in the bud by a more assertive or logical-thinking person. That's pretty much what I didn't like about the book. Everything else was typical rom-com: beautiful leads, smart dialogue (thought at times it felt too scripted), sexy love scenes, and cliched plot that was predictable to the end.

Hmmm... I think I'm over-analyzing. Something one doesn't need to do with rom-coms. They're supposed to be mindless entertainment for lazy Sunday afternoons and this book pretty much served its purpose.

Rating: 3.8 stars

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