Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Honey on Your Mind by Maria Murnane~★★★★1/2

Author: Maria Murnane
Title: Honey on Your Mind
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Fiction

Book Cover: "For PR guru-turned-advice columnist Waverly Bryson, life is pretty sweet. She has an amazing job, a devoted boyfriend, and the best friends a girl could hope for. Things couldn't possibly be better--or so she thinks--until she receives an offer to turn her popular advice column into a regular guest spot on national television. 
The new gig means moving cross-country to New York to work for a woman who can't stand her, not to mention leaving her best friends Andie and McKenna behind while still missing her already too-long-distance boyfriend, Jake. But Waverly wouldn't be Waverly if she didn't tackle these challenges head on, with all the zeal, good humor, and, yes, occasional catastrophe that devoted fans have come to expect from 'the American Bridget Jones.' Witty, lighthearted, and fun, Honey on Your Mind is Waverly Bryson at her irrepressible best."

Taryn's Review: This book is book 3 of 4 in the Waverly series by Maria Murnane. If you follow my blog, you know that Murnane's previous books, Perfect on Paper and It's a Waverly Life, have been really pleasant reads for me. I was a little nervous going into this book because I wasn't as crazy about book 2 as book 1, but I am glad to say that I was not disappointed!

My only issue with the book is that sometimes Waverly's boyfriend, Jake, is just too flawless and too perfect. I don't always think their communication style is realistic, especially after the Christmas episode with Jake's family. It doesn't seem as if he ever gets frustrated with Waverly or remotely irked by her erratic behavior. I get that he loves her and she loves him, but sometimes his "perfection" leaves him so passive that he blends in as if he's a background element in the book.

I really thought Waverly was awesome in this book. She had a huge transition from San Francisco to New York City and Murnane described the little moments of change so well. I also enjoyed it when Murnane had Waverly explore her new city; it really helped me feel like I was experiencing the city alongside Waverly. Of course, Waverly had a conflict in this book (would there be a book without it?), but it was a conflict that felt organic to Waverly's life/work situation. It wasn't some crazy, far-fetched scenario, but a real-world situation that others can relate to.

As the book cover said, it really is lighthearted and fun, but still offers some complexity to keep you engaged. This type of book is so easy to read that I become engrossed and end up staying up way too late to keep reading! I can't wait to read the final book of the series, Chocolate for Two, although I'm a little sad at it being the last!

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