Year of Living BlondeTitle:  Year of Living Blonde
Series:  Sweet Life in Seattle #1
Author:  Andrea Simonne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 17, 2015
Publisher:  Liebe Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

A funny and sizzling romp about discovering your inner pin-up girl….

Plain-Jane bakery owner Natalie Anderson has always followed the recipe for a safe life. When her husband dumps her for a seductive older woman though, it’s time to throw out that recipe and start from scratch. She cooks up a plan to transform herself from mousy brown to sexy blonde. Meanwhile, she’s trying to expand her Seattle bakery, La Dolce Vita, but runs into an obstacle in the form of her irritatingly handsome landlord.

Astronomer Anthony Novello’s good looks and charm usually guarantees him a free pass with women, though that’s not the case with his new tenant, Natalie. Plain, plump, and persnickety—he’s never met a woman more annoying. But when Anthony returns from a telescope observing run, he makes a discovery of the non-celestial kind—Natalie has changed. He’s amazed to find himself attracted to her. Sparks fly as he tries to convince her there’s more to him than meets the eye.

However, when Natalie’s ex-husband tries to win her back, she’s forced to choose. Is her year of living blonde over? Or is this the start of a new and much sweeter life.

Read on for my thoughts on Year of Living Blonde.  No true spoilers, promise.

How do you react when your supposedly loving husband, father of your beautiful daughter suddenly announces that he finds you dumpy, frumpy and is about to turn you in for an older model – a woman who he loves and doesn’t find any love or attraction for you any more?

I don’t know about you, but our furious heroine, Natalie pelts his cheating, lying face with muffins gone too rubbery to sell – so they bounce and splat against his face and body quite nicely actually.  Go, Girl!

This… this kind of a beginning to a novel tells me I’m going to love these people, this story – and was I ever right about that.

La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life, the bakery Natalie and her friend Blair had opened a year ago had taken up a lot of her time.  Natalie wasn’t going to blame the bakery for this turn of events – no that blame lay snugly at the feet of the cheating, lying excuse of a husband or well, soon to be ex-husband Peter.  She would not blame anyone but him… or more to the point – the other woman, Lena.

Alright, it would be so easy for me to write a summary of Year of Living Blonde, but I will Not.  But, it’s not going to be easy.  I’d really strongly suggest picking up this novel and simply diving into the beginning novel is a series that I am really looking forward to following.

Natalie has a time of reacting to Peter’s demand for a divorce.  She does all the things we’d do.  But slowly, if you look for them, you’ll see where she is beginning to think about herself differently.  Maybe even see what her friends do but what she has been blind to for so long.

Her first, official, run-in with Anthony is intense and actually funny.  But the sparks, in so many ways are priceless.

Let me say this – every one of us needs women like Blair and Lindsay in our lives…needs with capital letters.  And we need to be these types of women to our friends.  Different styles, but the same love and affection for Natalie.  They were a perfect touch and I’m hoping to read their stories in the near future.

Alright, let me wrap this up because honestly I could do an entire book report here and that’s not the purpose of a review, in my opinion.

It was exciting and yes, I even did a bit of cheering to watch Natalie’s transformation from (self-described) plain and plump.  It was a joy to see her own reactions as well as everyone else’s.  The chemistry between Natalie and Anthony has always been intense, for varying reasons but it just felt so good when they finally began acting on the attractions between them.  To say he is swoon-worthy is an complete understatement.

And this is where I’m going to stop writing because you really need to go pick up this novel and just take some time to enjoy this story.  It really is worth your time.  You will fall in love with Anthony, understand Natalie and laugh, cry, get mad and feel sexy – that’s a lot to find in one book.  Go, enjoy it for yourself.

*I received an e-ARC of Year of Living Blonde from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

~What you, the reader, always must remember is this simple truth. Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain if any novel is right for you – is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~

Year of Living Blonde is available for the Kindle