REVIEW: Neurotica by Eliza Gordon + Giveaway!
AUTHOR: Eliza Gordon
PUBLICATION: Published August 7th 2014 by West 26th Street Press, NYC
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Romance | Humor
PAGES: 296pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to get her lightsaber lit.
After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hears she’s been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling éclairs and turnovers at his side. Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.
I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gordon ever since she introduced me to concierge Ryan on Must Love Otters. I swear, that book had me laughing throughout the end. And can i just say how awesome her book covers are? It screams quirky and awesomeness and laughs! Just like the book. Though I admit, the first time I saw the cover, I was curious about the duck in there. HA. Didn’t know they play a big part in the book!!
Okay, so let’s about the gist. Some of us are scared of the dark, some are scared of snakes or any other animal you can think of, but Jayne Dandy is scared of a different thing. She’s scared of S-E-X! She’s not comfortable of talking about it to anyone (with the exception of her therapist) and she’s not comfortable of doing it! But Jayne found a way to slowly get over this. And it’s by writing Erotica!
And by the reviews her book is getting, SHE’S GOOD.
Like on Elizabeth’s first novel, it wasn’t hard to like any of the characters. All of them has a characteristic that stands out and they’re original. I’ve never encountered a cliche character in here. Everyone is hilarious which is really what I’m expecting when its a Elizabeth Gordon book. The pacing was just right. The readers were introduced to Jayne’s character immediately and thoroughly so I was 3 to 4 chapters in and I felt like I already knew her. The authors secondary characters were great! It doesn’t even matter that we’re not inside their heads because they’re all well written and completely fleshed out.
Though I’m really looking forward to the romance aspect here, what really made this book stands out is the plot. I admire Jayne so much for overcoming this fear and it’s so cool to know how indie publishing works. YEP, that’s my favorite thing. It really made me realize more how our Authors works so hard! AWW. Love you guys!
Anyway, let’s move on to the romance. I have a love-hate relationship with this aspect of the book. OH don’t get me wrong, I adore Jayne and Luke together. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other! I guess that’s why I had some problems.. I just feel so deprived! LOOK at what Elizabeth Gordon is doing to me! Making me a perv by yelling to the characters: JUST KISS ALREADY! And when they finally did.. there’s only few chapters left.
But okay, I’ll try to forgive the author for that because I really liked how it ended. Very sigh worthy and swoony and I’m just so proud of my girl, Jayne! Who ever calls her prudie will get a punch from me. This book is another gem that should be out more. If you’ve been reading depressing books lately (like me) or you just want to lay back and get lost to a smart and hilarious book, I suggest you read Neurotica. It’s funny and heartwarming with characters that I don’t think I’ll forget anytime soon.
A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone. www.elizagordon.com