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by Rebecca Henry
Published 17 January 2021
Urban Edge Publishing
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Page Count: 124
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In 1989, at the age of twenty-two, Deb was in a life or death situation. As the engines started, accompanied by the fasten seat belt sign, Deb felt her skin crawl with immobilizing fear. She had two choices, either get off the plane or die in her brand-new Gucci stilettos. Deb couldn’t get on a plane for love that day, but she could do it twenty years later for money. Money was worth dying for.
In 1989, at the age of twenty-two, Deb was enrolled in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University learning to fly commercial planes. But somewhere between dating her yuppie fiancé and planning their wedding in Chicago, Deb developed both agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces—and claustrophobia, a fear of closed spaces.
I blame the yuppie.
Deb’s life switched lanes on that flight from Syracuse, New York, to Chicago. The yuppie placed so much pressure on Deb, what with the wedding arrangements and meeting his wealthy, stuck-up family, that as the plane sat on the runway, something came over Deb. Her chest tightened. The sounds of the cabin crew preparing for takeoff faded, replaced by Deb’s pounding heart. And around the time the announcements came on, Deb felt trapped, like bait on a fishhook. The Boeing 737 transformed into a metal tin can with wings, and she was locked inside.
Deb peeled her fingers from the plane’s armrest to take Adam’s hand in a death grip, seeking comfort. If she could, she would have crawled in his lap. He watched her like a zoo animal from his wide first-class seat, motionless in his neatly pressed J. Crew shirt. “Why is your hand so clammy?” Adam winced. His face was freshly shaven, and he smelled of sex and desire. He looked like a catalogue model, seductive and pensive. Tall, dark, Italian and handsome… and rich. Deb’s favorite combination.
The temperature rose, and Deb sighed loudly as her seatbelt cut into her curvy hips. With one hand in Adam’s, Deb dug at the offending belt with the other, her entire body trembling with anxiety. Adam’s eyes narrowed as he watched her place a manicured finger to her neck to check her racing pulse. Her throat tightened.
Now the yuppie was openly staring, his lip curled in annoyance. “What are you doing?” Adam asked. “Just leave it alone.”
But the cabin seemed to darken, and Deb took deep breaths, exhaling as she fanned herself with her free hand.
“Deb, stop that. People are looking at you,” Adam growled as he twisted his hand from Deb’s clinging death grip. He searched for an unoffending surface to wipe his hand off. Finding none, he swiped it down the leg of his ironed jeans. “And where are our hot towels?” he whined. “This is supposed to be first-class.”
Adam hated scenes and cared deeply about what strangers thought of him. Petulant, he stared at the wide television screen in front of him. He had become increasingly annoyed at Deb’s dramatic behavior since they got engaged.
Deb looked over at the man she was going to marry. “Nope! Not flying today!” she chirped.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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I was granted a complimentary review copy of Louisiana Latte through Silver Dagger Book Tours as part of my participation in the February 2021 blog tour for this title. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
Louisiana Latte is exactly the sort of romance book this non-Romance reader loves every once in a while! It’s primarily focused on the sister relationship between Deb and Becky, devotes a lot of time to going on funny little misadventures with the sisters as we get to know them, and only lets the love interest actually meet the eligible lady when she’s ready to let him try to turn her world on its head.
Deb is a Diva with a capital D, the sort who wears designer shoes in the hotel shower lest she put her bare feet on a “public” bathroom floor and this its scandelous if she hasn’t refreshed her lip liner in 2 hours. She does not stop talking, uses affectionate language for everybody, and she’s become so good at convincing everyone around her that she’s a materialistic airhead she almost seems to believe that herself. Never mind that she’s currently the brains of the family business and used to be a commercial airline pilot.
Becky is her much younger sister, a mother of two, and the sort who’s perfectly happy wearing minimal makeup, pin-straight hair, and yoga pants in public. (Hey, it’s me!) The two sisters may be in Louisiana on business, but Becky has ulterior motives. She doesn’t like Deb’s current man Bucky and she’s determined to find her sister a better match before they fly home to DC.
Rebecca Henry’s writing style is so fun and easy to read. This book flies by and I enjoyed every minute of it with a smile plastered across my face almost the entire time. This book made me love and empathize with a woman who couldn’t be more different from me without going the Legally Blonde route and making it a revenge arc. Seriously, I think Deb would be exhausting to hang out with, but I want to do it anyway!
I highly recommend this book to, well, anyone interested in chick lit or a good sisterly relationship story. It’s romance, yes, but very light on the romance, and heavy on humour and sisterly bonding.
Rebecca Henry is an American author living in the UK. Her books range from vegan cookbooks to fantasy to sci-fi to Rebecca’s latest release with Urban Edge Publishing, Louisiana Latte: A Chick Lit Comedy About Sisters, Stilletos, Coffee, and One Fabulous Diva! You can find all Rebecca’s books on Amazon.
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