Book Review: Neurotically Yours by Bonnie Trachtenberg

September 24, 2012 Adult Book Reviews 0

Title: Neurotically Yours [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Bonnie Trachtenberg
Publisher: That’s Amore
Format: Paperback
Pages: 323
Release Date: April 20, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A delightfully funny and charming contemporary with unforgettable characters.

About the Book: Smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison is, nonetheless, still single–and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles’ most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to the mating game.

Parlaying her success into a new business, Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged. Its no-holds-barred theme soon makes the company a roaring success, even catapulting Dara onto the national talk show scene–until, of course, it all backfires.

With her company under threat and a publicity stunt gone haywire, Dara is forced to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, and suddenly realizes that saving the business she cherishes, means facing her lifelong fears–and maybe even falling in love again.

Witty, poignant, and immensely engaging, this romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel features sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a story that pulls you in and never lets you go.

I do love a nice romantic comedy and Neurotically Yours is that and so much more. I was a fan of Bonnie’s after reading Wedlocked so I’m pleased to say I love her even more after reading this one. Neurotically Yours has humor, romance, snark, and intrigue. It’s about finding and believing in love, but it’s also about a strong, determined female who follows her dreams of starting a lucrative and in-demand business, and all the troubles that go along with that.

Dara was a very funny and witty character that I could easily relate to and loved from the very beginning. When she began her career as an advice columnist, she was very blunt and real, which I’ve always loved in a female lead. Maybe because it reminds me a litte of myself, who knows?! She was also very quirky and had a ridiculous, yet hilarious obsession with her pet cat. Nick was an intriguing male lead, although his part wasn’t as big as you would’ve thought. The book focuses more on Dara and her path to self-discovery, with a bit of love and romance mixed in, so his part wasn’t a big player in the grand scheme of things. I probably would’ve liked to see more of him and their relationship, but it developed enough that I really cared for them and their relationship.

The pace overall flowed very nicely and I breezed right through most of it. It was very light and fun and there was never a dull moment. I especially loved the secondary characters like Reggie and Jesse. They both added wonders to the story and always made me laugh. I also liked the idea of her dating service and even though the flaws were evident, seeing her handle it all was very entertaining and the slew of clients she came across was great.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to those who want a light and fun read. It’s got a little bit of everything and Bonnie’s writing is superb as always so you won’t be disappointed in this one at all.

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