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Never Mind The Botox: Alex
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2011
I'm not entirely sure how this series is going to work. Are we going to have the same story rehashed four times but having it suit the woman who's the main focus of the story? I'm very much intrigued to get to book two, Rachel, to see how it's going to work because they're not a follow-on series judged by the fact at the front of Alex, it says the books can be read `in any order'. The first novel in the series focuses on lawyer, Alex, who is working out the kinks for Beau Street to be sold to US firm Equinox. Alongside that, Alex has to deal with her upcoming wedding along with her increasing crush on handsome American colleague Dan. I found the book incredibly easy to get into. I was quite happy to curl up on my desk chair and continue reading for hours, it's not the most taxing novel, which is what will appeal to a lot of readers, although there is some law terminology.

I must admit, I'm a sucker for reading about lawyers in Chick Lit novels. I can think of only a handful of novels set in the law world, and I do wonder why. I thoroughly enjoy learning about what it is to be a lawyer, particularly since, for the longest time, I wanted to be a lawyer. For some reason, in Primary and Secondary school, I imagined that when I grew up I'd become a lawyer. It was never going to happen, and now I don't know why I wanted to be one. So instead I settle myself with watching law shows on TV (Harry's Law is a favourite, along with The Good Wife) and reading about it in the few Chick Lit novels that features the law world. The book isn't heavy with law terminology, but there is some, as I've said. It's all fairly straight-forward though and I was impressed just how straight-forward most of it seemed as Alex and her team investigated Beau Street before its sale.

The weakest part of the novel for me was the characterisation. Alex seems to only ever be harassed, be it from her mother for her upcoming wedding to the feckless Elliott, or with the arising problems with the sale of Beau Street. We don't generally get to see her fun side, which was a shame, as I'd have liked to see her when she was a bit more loose. The characters definitely seemed secondary to the story, which is a bit of a downer, I want to feel like I really know the characters in the novel, but instead they seemed like cardboard cutouts. Don't get me wrong, I loved reading about Alex, Dan, Bex, Emma and everyone but I didn't ever feel connected to them, which was unfortunate. I also found Alex's mum to be incredibly annoying. I've read many a novel with bridezillas in them, but Alex's mum took the cake! Especially since she wasn't even the bride!

Despite the failings for me as far as characters were concerned, the story easily kept me hooked. I wanted to know if it would all be resolved and I thought the writing was to a good standard. There was no difference between both writer's writing, sometimes you can pick up on similarities but Alex flows so well that I would never have guessed it was written by two authors. I'd certainly be interested to know who wrote what chapters. I can't wait for the next three books in the series, it's a series that has huge appeal to Chick Lit readers and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The idea is brilliant and I can't wait to get to know Rachel, Meredith and Stella, all whom we meet (albeit briefly) during Alex. It's a great start to the series, and I'm definitely intrigued as to how the rest of the series will pan out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2011
How fantastic to finally read a piece of chick-lit where the main character has a career she enjoys and doesn't have to give up to 'find herself'. Never Mind the Botox is light hearted and fun, but well written too and a thoroughly enjoyable book. Great for your holidays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2011
Great to read a book about a young woman with a brain. The genre may be chick-lit, but the professional setting and the insider knowledge set this book apart from the crowd. A very enjoyable page-turner.
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on 12 January 2012
This is the first in a set of four books about four professional women all working on the same deal; the sale of a high profile cosmetic surgery business. I am more than intrigued to see how Avis and Berry are going to incorporate the same deal into four books without too much repetition. This first book focuses on Alex, a high-flying lawyer chasing both partnership and wedding bells, who works on the legal team aspect of the deal determining if there are any legal issues and negotiating the sale and purchase with the other side.

I found this book to be instantly engaging and I absolutely loved it! You get to know the characters in this book really well; they're totally 3D. I loved Dan! The authentic setting of the book also really helps - Joanna Berry (co-author) has a first class honours law degree, is a qualified solicitor and has been a partner at Eversheds and so if anyone knows how to write a book about being a solicitor, it's her! I devoured this book as quickly as my sleeping schedule allowed! It's a wonderfully unique book that isn't based on just women's love lives but also on their career!
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on 7 January 2012
Having read Chick Lit from the start I had tired of it a year or ago, and moved on to other fiction, but downloaded a couple of chick lit books to see if I was ready to renew my affections. Never Mind the Botox was a wonderful way to fall in love all over again. It's warm, touching, funny, and one of the most enjoyable easy reads I have had in a while primarily because the characters are so honest, even the naughty ones (don't want to give the game away) have redeeming features, and the good guys aren't perfect and in stead of shouting at the heroine for being an idiot, you can see exactly how and why she was in the situation. Can't wait to read the next in the series!
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on 4 September 2011
At last a holiday read that doesn't involve a yummy mummy with kid problems or in the throes of divorce. Alex is sharp and driven and a deal maker. It makes such a refreshing change to read about a career girl. Joanna and Penny strike the balance between the deal aspect and Alex's personal life perfectly. This was the first book ever purchased and read on my new kindle and I got through it in one day - super impressed with both! I can't wait for the publication of Rachel, as we do the same job. It's cruel of the authors to release one at a time!!!
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on 23 June 2011
An intriguing and hugely entertaining account of the trials and tribulations of a successful lawyer who embarks on a journey through the fascinating world of cosmetic surgery. I loved Alex. Sexy, feisty, ambitious, stylish, but at the same time sensitive and vulnerable. A real pager turner, I literally couldn't put this book down until I found out where the plot was leading - both inside and outside the boardroom. Bring on Rachel!
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on 10 January 2012
As I work in a legal profession, I immediately found myself relating to this book and found myself comparing the characters to people whom I work with. I found this novel the perfect chic-lit novel. It had me hooked from the first page. It was a very entertaining read. I would recommend this to any chic-lit love who works within a business. I cannot wait to read the other 3 books!
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on 11 July 2011
Incredibly entertaining! It is a quick and light hearted read which I couldn't put down while on holidays last Easter. Well written, full of funny descriptions and very trapping. For once, breaks with the boring/icy image law professionals have giving a good insight of the corporate world. I cannot wait to read Rachel, Meredith and Stella.
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on 10 July 2011
How refreshing to read something with a heroine with style and intellect. I couldn't put it down, eager to find out what happened in the boardroom and in her love life. This is a perfect holiday read, pacey and humorous. Can't wait for Rachel.
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