31 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Bias Cut by Morgan Richter

When the author sent me this book for review, I wasn’t sure it was something I would be interested in. It is set in the fashion world. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of a girl. And not even a fancy t-shirt. Like the “free” ones you get when you do a 5k. Hanes is my friend. Haute couture is wasted on me. LOL

HOWEVER, it is also a chick-lit book with some mystery thrown in and I was feeling like reading some good chick lit, so I decided to give it a whirl, figuring that I would just toss it if I couldn’t make it through with all the fashion nonsense. I’m really glad I gave this book a chance, for sure.

The writing and, in particular, the editing – are absolutely fabulous. This is an author that cares about her work product and it shows. I think a lot of folks think chick-lit is just fluff and I don’t disagree, in general, but sometimes you just need a good piece of fiction. Not all books are War & Peace (thank goodness for that!) Ha!

The story itself is well laid out and well executed. Yeah, the ending was a bit of a disappointment for me. It was definitely wrapped up too quickly, but I think it was also how it needed to end.

There’s a bit of a fashion mystery in here. It rings oddly true, if a bit outlandish. But, I kind of believe that this kind of insanity happens within the industry. The mystery itself kept me guessing, I definitely never saw the actual ending coming, so well done, Ms. Richter.

Overall, recommended for chick-lit fans. A great breezy interesting read, pull up a beach chair and enjoy!

You can also view Morgan Richter’s guest blog post here.

Burned out and bitter after a string of disappointments, Nicola Strozyk takes a short-term gig assisting Laurie Sparks, the design world’s reigning enfant terrible. Barely in his twenties, Laurie has built himself an empire that encompasses a chic Manhattan boutique and a role on an obnoxious reality series. Part worldly sophisticate and part cheerful scatterbrain, Laurie is beautiful and extravagant; at nearly twice his age, Nicola is jaded and resolutely unglamorous. As Laurie’s burgeoning fame threatens to overwhelm him, Nicola finds herself struggling to keep him on solid ground.

When Laurie becomes obsessed with tracking down the designer of a mysterious coat, he drags Nicola along on a champagne-fueled quest that takes them from the New York catwalks to glittery Hollywood parties and swanky suites in Paris hotels. What begins as a lark takes an ominous turn when they uncover a decades-old mystery involving the murders of two young models. Along the way, the odd-couple camaraderie between Nicola and Laurie evolves into a fierce bond, which is put to the test when she must protect him from a pair of deadly threats: a mercurial fellow designer hell-bent on burying a dark secret, and an obsessive killer who has fixed his sights on Laurie.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 32

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