Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Life Or Something Like It by Annie Lyons

Step into someone else's shoes for the day....

And it will change you for a life time. Cat Nightingale is very good at her job. She runs a PR company with her best friend (and secret crush) Jesse, and is never happier than when her high profile celebrities are glittering  in the spotlight.

But after a footballer client hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Cat's career takes a sudden nosedive. So when her brother Andrew unexpectedly needs her to look after his kids for a few weeks, she can hardly say no. She's happily single, hasn't exactly been the "Worlds Bes Auntie" over the years, and what she knows about looking after children would fit on the back of a postage stamp!

But it's only temporary until she gets her real life back on track - isn't it?

*May contain spoilers*
I discovered this book whilst browsing NetGalley and something about it caught my eye. If you get the chance to read this you will not be disappointed!

Life or Something Like It tells a tale of how every day, real life situations can not only change your opinion on certain things but your complete world and everything you know along with it.

Cat Nightingale is running a very successful PR company for the most demanding and highest celebs in the business with her best friend and old Uni bud, Jesse. The catch is that since a "moment" at Uni, Cat has fallen for Jesse left right and centre, but he is married so her feelings are kept as a secret.

Cat is totally career driven and has convinced herself that she is happy single and living the high life attending star studded and champagne filled events. Children are way, way of her agender despite her having a niece and nephew and when it comes to Ellie's 6th birthday party Cat can't leave quick enough, especially when she meets "Super Manny" himself, Finn, Uncle to Ellie's best friend Daisy.

When her latest PR launch goes awfully wrong after an emergency resulting in her babysitting Ellie and Charlie meaning she wasn't at the event to supervise, her world is turned upside down leaving her suspend and at a loss.

With nothing to fill her days, Cat reluctantly offers to help out with her brothers childcare after her sister in law leaves the Country due to a family emergency - it can't be that hard surely?!
After losing Charlie on the first day Cat almost admits defeat but doesn't back down from a challenge easily... A challenge which involves seeing Finn fairly regularly especially when Andrew suggest they should holiday with the kids together.

Life Or Something Like It was light hearted and witty, I often found myself laughing out loud, particularly at the parts with 6 year old Ellie, having niece myself at that age, I could just picture Ellie's character saying what she says half the time.

Although the book was primarily fun and easy to read, there were a few sub storylines too. Cat is nursing her own heart break after bottling up the grief of losing her parents at such a young age and Charlie is a troublesome twelve or so year old with real anger issues. Those aside, Cat is still away from her job and the longer it takes for her to return, the more she had opened up to the real world and starts to wonder if the PR life is truly for her.

Of course as with every romantic fiction book there is a love story and in Cat's case she finds herself in a bit of love triangle with Finn and Jesse.... Who knew so much could happen during the school holidays eh?!! 

The book was well written and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters as they were likeable and realistic - especially the way Cat became with Ellie and Daisy.

I would like to thank Annie Lyons and both the teams at Harlequin UK and Carina UK for sending me Life Or Something Like It via NetGalley to preview. 

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