Review Tour: Just Like in the Movies by MB Feeney

Ava Jones has settled for a life that she’s not sure she wants anymore, but won’t admit it. Her best friend, Erica Davidson talks her into taking a break on the Isle of Wight. Her days on the island are spent thinking things through, and arguing with Morgan whom she hates on principal.Is it so wrong for her to want a life that follows the script of a honest to God romance film?
I’d met Marcus Tripp not long after joining Wilson Insurance. Although I’d never really fancied him, he was persistent. Our friendship had grown, and we’d fallen into a routine that suited both of us. I was happy with the attention, and the sex . . . yeah, it was okay. As time passed, the earth rarely moved when we were intimate; more often than not, it was pretty much over before it began. Still, we stayed together, more out of habit and familiarity than anything else. We did love each other. I just wasn’t sure that it was enough.
In the evenings I spent alone, I would daydream about living the life of a lead in a Hollywood chick flick, but then reality would slap some sense into me. My life was as good as it was going to get. I wasn’t about to be swept off my feet any time soon. Marcus and I were comfortable, and that was enough — for me, at least. I was too scared to ask Marcus what he felt.
We tried for a couple of years to have children, but it never happened. After many serious discussions, we decided to give up on the idea altogether. That was when we bought our first fur baby: a beautiful Collie cross called Rhea. She was our little girl, and we both doted on her. We assuaged our guilt over our mutual neglect by caring for Rhea, devoting our attention to another living being rather than to each other. The puppies, Remus and Romulus, soon joined her, and our “family” was complete.
For as long as I’d known him, Marcus had played Sunday League football, which was followed by an afternoon with his teammates at the very pub I was now approaching. Coupled with training one evening a week, his evenings out gave me more than enough time to spend with Erica or at home with the dogs.
“Have you thought any more about that holiday I mentioned?” Erica asked while we claimed our usual table. Our customary bottle of red wine was already ready and waiting for us.
“I have . . .” My words drifted away when I thought back to her idea of a girlie getaway on the Isle of Wight. Just as its name suggested, the top-class Lakeside Hotel with attached spa was located right next to a beautiful lake. Bliss.
And?Why the hesitation?” Erica pushed like she always did, her blue eyes flashing once more as she looked into my brown ones.
The idea of a real getaway made the blonde hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, but I tried to rein in my excitement. “I don’t know. It sounds amazing, and Lord knows I could do with some time away.”
“Do it, then.”
I knew I had enough holiday time available at work. Screw it.
“Let’s do it.”
M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog.  She’s also a student teacher, a doodler and a chocoholic.  Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the culmination of her hard work and ambition.
Signing up with Renaissance Romance Publishing to publish her first novella as part of  a compilation in December 2012 was the first step in her writing career that she hopes will span many more works and years.

I must say, I went into reading this book with the expectation of it being yet another book about a girl meeting her movie star crush and them falling madly in love with each other.  That is so not the case with Just Like in the Movies.  Ava lives a comfortable life.  She has her boyfriend, who feels more like a male roommate than an intimate partner, and her loveable dogs.  Yet she knows something is missing.  When her best friend talks her into taking a vacation with her, everything in her life begins to change.  Upon arriving at the beach, Ava ventures into a local bookstore where she meets a handsome yet irritating man.  He manages to bring out the worst in her, and for all of her trying to avoid him, he appears when she least expects it.  All the while, she develops a love for the little town and begins to reevaluate her entire life.  She is forced to make decisions about her life that she’d been avoiding for a long time, but in the end, she discovered that some things need to change in order to find true happiness.

Just Like in the Movies is an adorable, romantic short story about a woman reinventing herself.  This book is a quick, easy read that leaves you feeling satisfied in the end.  It is, in my opinion, an all ages book.  The language is clean, there no sexual content, but you feel the bonds between all of the character jump off the pages.  Lets just say, I would be comfortable letting my 14-year-old niece read it.  It is a sweet story that lives up to its title because it really does feel like a scene straight from a movie.




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