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Never Mind The Botox: Rachel [Kindle Edition]

Penny Avis , Joanna Berry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Never Mind the Botox is a series about four professional women all working on the sale of high-profile cosmetic surgery business the Beau Street Group. Each book reveals how the women cope with one of the most glamorous but challenging deals of their careers, and the dramatic impact it has on their personal lives. With a briefcase in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, can they navigate their way through a surreal world of boob jobs by day and intrigue by night and still keep their own love lives on track?

Rachel Altman is a corporate financier with a prestigious accounting firm who's desperately trying to keep on the straight and narrow. Hopelessly led astray by her bar-diving boyfriend, she gets the chance to turn things around when her boss gives her the break she's been waiting for. But when the deal doesn't go as planned Rachel panics, sparking off a chain of betrayal and lies that threatens to ruin both her love life and career.

The series can be read in any order.

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"A rip-roaring read with plenty of humour and warm, believable characters - best read with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio"
Candis Magazine

"If you're bored of the usual chick-lit formula... the smart characters in a swish corporate world provide a fresh twist. We want a job in the City now, please." ****
Heat Magazine

"A fabulous new contemporary women's fiction series and recommended holiday read."
Daily Mail

"One of the best beach reads this summer - Chick lit with a welcome twist."
The Sun

"The must-have read of the summer. A brilliantly biting novel that does for cosmetic surgery what Absolutely Fabulous did for fashion."

"Injected with fierce and fab humour, it's a must-read and our book of the week." *****
Now Magazine

"With their own business experience the authors have created a top read - the first in a four part series." *****
Star Magazine

"The first in a series celebrating the lives and loves of four professional women ... good fun and a little bit different."
Bella Magazine

"It's our Best pick of the week."
Best Magazine

About the Author

Penny Avis trained as an accountant and worked as a high flying corporate finance partner at Deloitte, having previously survived the collapse of Arthur Andersen during the Enron crisis. After years of juggling a diary from hell with bringing up two young children - regularly running the mums' race in a trouser suit and her nanny's trainers - she took a career break and started writing. She is married and lives in London.

Joanna Berry graduated in Law with First Class Honours from Oxford University and after qualifying as a solicitor became a partner at Eversheds, specialising in media and intellectual property law. After having her third child she donned a hard hat, renovated a house and then took a job with Children in Need (highlights included sharing a stage with Pudsey bear). She is married and lives in Cheshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848766629
  • Publisher: Matador (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C1H8I8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for chick lit readers 18 Jan. 2012
By Hannah
Never Mind The Botox is such a fun read! It is a series of four books featuring four high-flying, career driven women and how a cosmetic company takeover affects each of them. Each book takes a look at a different woman and they can be read in any order as they do not follow on from each other. This one is about Rachel, the corporate financier and how she tries to keep straight in order to do better and get that director promotion she's been waiting for but her boyfriend is selfish and constantly convinces her to stay out drinking at all hours of the night and heading into work late due to or with a hangover. I like to think of Never Mind The Botox as being a chick lit with a soul. Instead of going over the woes of a love sick fashion slave it looks at the life of a career-driven woman and how her working life affects her personal life.

I was struck by how real a lot of the stuff in this book felt. You believe that these characters could exist, and as ridiculous as a lot of the going ons in Rachel's life might seem, you can't help but believe they could really happen. That being said it does contain a lot of humour. I was caught laughing at my book more times than I can count and that really is what I'm looking for in a good chick lit - a good sense of humour! There is also plenty going on to keep the story interesting, plenty of intrigue and deception, and it came with a rather nice feel-good ending. This book is a total breath of fresh air in the chick lit genre and I'll definitely be tracking down the others in the series, of which online `Alex' is available at present, and also keeping my eye out for the TV series which is currently in development!

Also, slightly unrelated but I find it important.. You know how some books have a really distinctive smell?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read - I couldn't put it down! 14 Jan. 2012
By Rhian
I was really pleased to see that "Rachel" had been released for the Kindle - and that I didn't have to wait too long to get it! I loved "Alex" but was waiting for "Rachel" as we do the same job! The book took me back to a time before getting married and having children where work came first but we still managed to find time to hit the bars at the end of a long day with the girls and 'pull it off' the next day in a high pressure environment a bit worse for wear. Rachel could be me, or any of my female colleagues/wine drinking partners who know that to get that director promotion they need to work hard but still have some fun. So a trip down memory lane, wittily and accurately depicted by Penny and Joanna (the 'warming up' in the toilet before the presentation that she has to give at the all parties meeting in particular), and so refreshing for a 'chick lit' story to be about a real working woman with a properly busy life rather than some of the other 'chick lit by numbers' that is churned out so regularly these days about shopaholics and stressed out new mothers and those trying to get life back on track after a divorce (am so over that).
I think this one may be my favourite of the 4 as it resonates with me, but I loved "Alex" and am now eagerly awaiting the release of the other 2 installments. I think it is really clever how the series gives one bigger story from the perspective of 4 very different women, and I know that once I have read the last one I will need to go back and reread all 4 in one sitting. That is the only downside - that we have to wait a few months before we can chew through the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! 12 Jan. 2012
This is the second book in set of four books about four professional women all working on the same deal; the sale of a high profile cosmetic surgery business. I started this book with a little apprehension as it follows the same deal, I was concerned there would be too much repetition that would take away my enjoyment.

This second book focuses on Rachel who works for a prestigious accounting firm and is working to discover the valuation of the business, and any skeletons in the closet that might affect that.

Penny Avis (co-author) trained as an accountant and until 2009 was a high flying corporate finance partner at Deloitte. Once again, like for the first book, this has allowed Avis and Berry to create a realistic world and transaction which makes it all the more interesting to read.

This thing I love most about this series is they don't just focus on one aspect of the heroine's life (not just her shopping habit, her love-life dramas or her high-flying career). It incorporated all aspects of the working women creating wonderfully 3D characters. Real-life working women don't JUST go to work; they also go out and play. These books really focus on both sides of the career women and boy does it work for them! I felt the social side more with Rachel but it's certainly also prevalent in Alex as well. Despite seeing Luke for much less time than Dan (from Alex) - I loved him more!

I shouldn't have been concerned about the overlap following the same deal through four books. Yes, there are cross-overs but that certainly isn't a bad thing. After a while, it then branches off into new twists which you didn't uncover in the first book.
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