In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.
What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies? (Summary provided by Pocket Star/Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.)
I’ve never been a fan of watching romantic comedies, but I love chick lit. So, I was a little undecided about whether or not to read Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem. I ended up reading it, and I’m so glad I did!
The premise of the novel is really fun. Kensington has never really felt like she fit in with her perfect family. She’s the artsy one in a family of perfectionists, and her entire family lives to criticize her. Now, Kensington has a corporate job at an ad agency and a boyfriend who works with her at the agency. Her family loves her boyfriend and is elated when they get engaged. Kensington is excited too, until a new client comes to the agency, her college boyfriend Shane. The agency is in trouble and her boss is depending on Kensington to seal the deal to save the firm. However, before she can get him to sign on the dotted line, Shane gives Kensington an “Indecent Proposal” (see what I did there?). He gives her a list of romantic comedies, and tells her she must agree to act out scenes from each of the movies with him in order to clearly understand the vision for the movie theater/restaurant he’s opening.
Kensington has mixed feelings about acting out the scenes with Shane, because their relationship ended on bad terms. She’s also worried her fiance will be angry if he finds out. What follows is a hilarious look at what happens when Kensington stops trying to please everyone and starts living for herself.
This book was such a great escape read. It’s like the book version of a romantic comedy. One could, of course, argue that all chick lit is like that to an extent, but trust me. It’s not. Chick lit is a varied genre ranging from light reading to heavy dramas. Love Like The Movies has all of the ingredients of a good romantic comedy. There are heart touching moments and slapstick comedy, along with a BFF and the requisite frenemy.
One of my worries before reading Love Like The Movies was that I wouldn’t get any of the romantic comedy references in the book. There was only one reference in the book I didn’t get, because I’ve haven’t watched 27 Dresses (which my SIL is pretty much determined to make me watch since I mentioned it to her before writing this review).
I think my favorite scene in the book was one that echoed the paintball scene in Failure to Launch. It was so cute and funny when Kensington acted out the “trigger move” sequence. The plot of this book is so quirky and unique that I can’t imagine it not getting made into a movie, and Love Like The Movies is a romantic comedy I would most definitely see in the theater. Victoria Van Tiem is a fresh, new voice in the romance world, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next!
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