OK, I'll admit it, the cutesy cover suckered me in. It looked like just the thing I needed after a long, bothersome day.
And yes, a 'Girl's Guide To' anything has to be a guilty pleasure, unless it was, say, Quantum Physics.
I keep trying to leave the fluff alone and get to the highbrow stuff.
But you know how it is.
Anyway, I downloaded it when it was free and thought I'd have a quick peek.
The story is a comedy of romantic errors, with twists and unexpected turns just where you'd want them. Enough to keep the pages turning quickly.
Friendship, unrequited lust, a geeky, plucky heroine, and some darker themes of betrayal and abandonment along the way.
And then there's the magic.
Spells, charms, runes and a sexy, black clad familiar, lately a cat, who turns out to be the new GBF.
If only I had him to advise on my wardrobe. Sigh.
Jane Madison is a loveable, stubborn klutz, who manages to have an awesome best friend, who bakes delicious cakes and makes Mojitos with her at the drop of a hanky, hates to do any exercise, especially yoga, and still stays fit enough to draw in a slew of smitten swains. Even whilst wearing Colonial costume.
Oh, and she happens to discover she has intense magical powers to boot.
I wanted to hate her, really I did... But, ahem, I found I had to buy the next book in the series.
You know, for research purposes.