Author: Annie Lyons
Release date: 13th July
Publisher: Carina UK
Step into someone else’s shoes for a day…
And it will change you for a lifetime.
Cat 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 when her footballer client gets in the press 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 ‘World’s Best 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?
I kindly received Life or Something Like It in exchange of an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley.
Cat has it all. She loves her job, the lifestyle it afforded her, the two-bedroom house in a cool edgy corner of Shoreditch, the weekend away, five-star holidays to the best resorts, first class travel. Cat stopped believing in romance a long time ago she is happy on her own. Cat had a releationship with her iPhone that was more serious than any she had ever experienced with a man. Keeping in touch and up to date was vital. She had to be on top of everything as she is running her own PR Company with her best friend Jesse. All things change when a client of her PR company gets in the press for all wrong reasons she gets temporarily suspended of her job.
In this moment, Cats brother Andrew, needs her help to come after her duty to be an aunt and ends up to take care of her little niece Ellie and nephew Charlie. They are not affraid to show her dislike towards Cat, although the feeling is mutual. Cat has choosen her career over family. She is a workoholic and dosen't want any children. Luckily Cat has not to look after the kids on her own. There's Andrew's friend Finn who is watching his niece, who is Ellie's friend, and they can look after the children together. After a while Cat starts questioning herself and what she really wants in life. Is there something for her to go back to or is it time for change?
I had really been looking forward to reading this book because I heard so many great things about Lyon's first novel Not Quite Perfect. Being this the first book I have read by Annie Lyons, I don't have any other books of hers to compare it. I can say that I enjoyed reading it and wanted to keep reading to find out what happens. The characters were enjoyable as well as the setting.
The story wasn’t perfect, at least not for me. I have to be honest here, it was pretty predictable, but refreshing in some way. I would have liked Cat and Finn's romance to feel more ... like a romance I think.?! I would have loved to see more of these two together, without the children. Although I very enjoyed the aspect that it wasn't an instant love and that the romance was not the main topic of the book. Cat can't stand Finn at first and labels him as a know-it-all. I enjoyed reading about their journey from friends to lovers. The author did such a great job portraying the bond between Cat and Andrew's children. The bond is slowly building up as the story unfolds and it turns out be truly heartwarming. I really felt how much they care for each other and how important is for them to have each other in their lives.
Anyway, the story was lovely and if you want to read an entertaining Chick-lit novel with a slow build relationship, engaging main and side characters and great writing, I really recommend this one to you. A perfect read for your summer holiday.