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The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) by [Salt, Lola, Alderson, Sarah, Wicks, Becky]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Lola Salt (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1LHPUK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jeannie Zelos TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2014
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The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft, Lola Salt
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I loved Becky Wicks Before He Was Famous and Before He Was Gone and Sarah Alderson’s Come Back to Me so was looking forward to this collaborative book. Sadly though it didn’t work for me Sad smile I didn’t really take to Lara, she seemed shallow and celebrity obsessed. I need to feel for the main character, to be upset when things go wrong and happy for her/him when they go right, but really with Lara I just felt she got what she deserved. All the things that happened to her she made happen by her actions, she was careless of what she did and not bothered about the effect they had on others. Tyler was a typical example, she just thought about what she wanted, not about how he would feel and after, rather than tell him it was just a fling she let him think she’s be back.
The humour just felt too forced, and reminded me of those 70’s sitcoms where flash cards saying “clap/laugh/groan” were held up to the audience. It felt like the book tried too hard, that every bit of humour needed to be squeezed out of a situation, so in Australia we had the contrast of a Tourette's type swearing done by a heavily bible thumping, Christian man, and in Dubai a very OTT stereotype gay prince with his brother being the multi-married, egotistical playboy type. I just didn’t find the humour in the situations Lara found herself in. Its a shame because I loved the other works from both writers, and they’re on my keepers file but this one – nope, not for me Sad smile
Its got a perfect ending though TBH I disliked Lara so much by then that I didn’t think she deserved it...Happily though this is just my opinion, and as ever we all want different things.
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I have a type of book and I'm ashamed to say I normally stick to it. This is because it's comfortable and I kind of know what I'm going to get from it. It takes a special book for me to break the mould. Lara Craft is not my type of book, but I glad I broke the mould for it because it was pretty special.

What I love most about this book is that it is genuinely very funny. Lara gets herself into the most ridiculous, crazy, cringeworthy situations but the way she deals with them means you can't help but love her and laugh along with it. I love that Lara is unapologetic about what she wants from life (nice things, good sex, and eventually a real purpose).

It's engaging, uplifting and hard to put down. A real joy :)
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Loved this first book from Lola Salt, who we discover is actually two known authors, Sarah Alderson and Becky Wicks. The way the ladies write is seamless, you really cannot tell where one author stops writing and the other takes over.
Lara Craft (not Croft) gets a job job delivering packages around the world, and in doing so, has some hilarious escapades with cowboys, Arab princes and a George Clooney lookalike, to name but a few. Very funny reading, and a perfect book to take on holiday, or just to cheer you up on a cold Winters day.
Looking forward to reading more about Lara from Lola Salt.
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Who fancies a New Year holiday? What about a bit of travelling, including sun, sand, sex and stars? Well then, I’ve got the perfect book for you! (You didn’t think I was giving away a holiday there for a nanosecond did you?)

The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) is the perfect way to escape the January gloom. The plot is fun, silly and unpredictable as Lara travels, delivering packages whilst trying to find herself and run away from her mistakes and heartbreaks.

The authors play with stereotypes delightfully, employing almost every romance and chick-lit trope in the book, whilst giving each one a delicious twist and amping up the characters as far as they will go. It’s as over-the-top and camp as Lara’s diamante-studded riding crop (don’t ask- you’ll just have to read it for yourself!) but that’s why I loved it.

Lara isn’t a particularly lovely heroine- she’s rude, ridiculous and far too raunchy for that- but she’s also fearless and a lot of fun to spend time with. I found myself relaxing into her never-dull company and sad when the story came to an end. As you know, I have a no-spoiler policy here, but I can promise that the ending is also pretty perfect.

If you’re up for (thoroughly!) suspending your disbelief and going on a whistle-stop tour of the world via some very naughty encounters with some very hot men in the company of w a feisty heroine, then this one’s definitely for you.
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I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
Not to put too fine a point on it but I was not expecting to like this book, the blurb and cover art had all the trademarks of fluffy, sentimentalist chick lit, which really isn't my thing. I'm pleased to say i was very much wrong, and actually really enjoyed it!
The main character, Lara Craft (and yes they do take full advantage of the name), is a total car wreck and so is her life. It's the typical 'girl loses boyfriend, girl loses job, girl goes on a quest to find herself/forget about the boyfriend' theme, very much in the same vein as 'Bridget Jones'. However, as the story carries on Lara's adventures get more and more ridiculous, and I couldn't wait to read what happened to her next.
Admittedly some of Laras exploits do go slightly beyond the realms of reality, but that's the beauty of them, besides that's the reason you read fiction, if you want 'reality' read a biography. The style and humour with which Lara's story is told is also quite captivating.
The one flaw this book does have unfortunately, is that it falls into the trap of piling so many adventures into one story it doesn't know when or how to finish, so the end does slightly trail off into the predictable a little bit, but still it's a feel good read and the journey is definitely worth it.
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