- Format: Kindle Edition
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- Print Length: 306 pages
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- Publisher: K.A Books (3 Nov. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07K5ZTJP5
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 106 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The romance is set in the world of business with Harriet being the owner of a successful a marketing company and Camila the new ‘returning to work’ employee. Unlike previous books written in the workplace setting I never felt Camila being written as a subordinate either in the professional or personal relationship where Harriet was concerned.
Camila and Harriet made an amazing couple and as a reader you found yourself fully drawn into their relationship and struggles. It has just the right amount of angst and the sex scenes were very hot and believable.
I would definitely recommend this book because it gives something not all books have and that is when one of the characters (Camila) has two teenage sons, and their existence is not forgotten. Usually the child(ren) get mentioned in the first few pages and then mysteriously disappear for the rest of the story.
Make this book your next read. You won’t be disappointed.
Camila Moore lives in our real world. She makes choices about where to shop for the cheapest products and when to change the head on the razor. She purchases towels, and other items, through recommendations from Julie Biggs’ Bargains, but secretly wishes she had just gone to John Lewis. She is a ‘mum returner’ to a brand new job after raising her two children, confident enough to interview for a good position, but insecure enough to wonder why she actually was successful. She is a normal woman, living with her two teenage boys, who just seems to find herself in every day frustrating and mostly hilarious circumstances.
Kiki Archer skilfully manoeuvres her readers through Camilla’s first couple of days in her job, meeting the CEO of the company, Harriet Imogen Pearson, then being promoted shockingly quickly, both to the fifth floor of the building, and to first place in her boss’s heart.
As have several of my other current favourite UK authors, Kiki has written this from a very British perspective. This is lovely for readers from the UK who have to wade through so many America based books. If you are more tuned in to American humour and don’t understand all of the wit in this book, that is your loss, and our gain!
I gave this latest Kiki Archer book the tag ‘the funniest book I read in 2018.’ It is possible that could be edited to ‘one of the funniest books I have ever read.’ It is certainly my favourite Kiki book. So far.
And it is the only book I read in 2018 where the walls bounced back the sound of my laughter.
Anyhoo, this book was so worth waiting for, I have read all of Kiki Archer’s books and this has instantly become my favourite (and they have all been excellent).
Several times it is genuinely laugh out loud funny, I had tears running down my cheeks at one point, the scene with the butterflies is particularly hilarious..
Both Camila and Harriet are very likeable and believable characters, and I was pleased to see the way the author dealt with one character in particular at the end of the book.
A truly masterful piece of storytelling and comedy writing.
I have to say Kiki Archer is a comedy genius, her skills for writing that laugh out moment and the way she can capture personal traits is amazing, and doesn't everyone have a little bit of a Julie in their life.
This book doesn't just have the comedy element it also captures a very good romantic story, which also doesn't shy away from some very hot scenes.
Would I recommend this book......YES 100% it has it all and once you start to read if like me then you will find it difficult to put down
I liked it so much as I could relate to the characters (reminded me of someone). Compared to a LOT of lesbian fiction this had style and substance not something I can say for a lot of the books I've read which have neither and tend to try to pander to a heterosexual 'porn' idea of lesbians, especially the sex scenes. This book was a breath of fresh air. LOVED it.
If you enjoy good expressive writing with lots of humour and a damn good story you will enjoy this book. Cannot recommend it enough.
Top international reviews
Camila is a woman feeling a little lost in the world. She is about to return to the workforce after being a stay at home mother of two boys for fifteen years. Their father has run off with a woman who works at his gym and Camila must pull herself together. She some how manages to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time in a job interview and is hired. Things go from bad to hilarious worse, which leads to a promotion,given to her by the boss herself. Harriet Imogen Pearson is hot shot entrepreneur and notorious lesbian player.
Can two woman from such different lifestyles truely connect and create a magical world? Each woman opens the others eyes to a whole other world and Camila has Harriet in a spin. Is it really the way she’s smiles that has Harriet in such a tizz. Camila is full of doubts as she begins to see that there is a whole new way of living her life and begins to wonder if life can actually be just like in the movies.
This is a story with many twists and turns that had me racing through the pages eager to see how these two handle romance in the workplace. A beautiful written story that will have you wanting to read more from Kiki Archer.
Let me continue by saying you will never, and I mean NEVER, look at a can of hair spray the same way again, unless you’ve always had an odd and bizarre fascination with the pseudo porn of hair care products! Several have noted the laugh-out-loud highlights of this book, but I think that what makes those moments so delicious is that Archer gives us the real persons behind the comedic masks. And that’s what makes the absurd human and the human hilarious!
Archer has given us Camila, a modestly satisfied, if not abundantly happy, mother of two teen boys who is navigating her own and their world without the intrusion, for the most part, of the husband/father who dumped them. And she’s doing OK, until she goes for a job at a company run by Harriet, a high-powered hot chick who just happens to be a lesbian in the same way that lesbians happen to be hot—sometimes it’s just the damn, incontrovertible truth!
The executive falls almost instantly and fully in love with our heroine, who, while flattered, is not entirely sure the feeling is much different than flattened. She likes the attention but not the angst. She’s feelings the feels but not sure what the follow-up is! She’s flailing but, oh my Gawd, the fluttering in her stomach…and nether regions!
Then we have her neighbor/best friend, Julie, a Straight busy-body who manages to be simultaneously annoying in an endearing way, provincial but in a peculiar way and astute but in an astoundingly hoggish way. She’s a mess!
But she thinks Camila is perpetuating mayhem and possibly mumpish lunacy.
With Julie as “the voice of reason,” this sled is bound to careen into a few immovable objects. She keeps reminding Camila that she has two teenage sons, while the two teenagers are leveraging the lack of parental oversight to the max! The confusions and revelations surrounding Camila’s friendship with Julie is fraught with some tough-love tenderness and some “I know what you did last night” hidden agendas. You won’t see that peccadillo coming!
Meanwhile, our resident seven-figure hottie, Harriet, is so smitten with the work ethic, the creativeness and the overall good feelings she has around Camila that she is unable to contain her enthusiasm. Or her lust. Camila is not unresponsive, just overwhelmed. Every time she tries to pull back and give this new romantic arrangement the benefit of perspective, the boffo badinage between the two lovebirds gets in the way of reason and logic, maybe even sanity.
But when Harriet finally gets the 411 on the valor of backing off a bit, Camila is miserable and misses her. The Way You Smile is a wonderful and wacky study of what happens when your average, hot ex-housewife learns how to kiss and fool around with your average, hot female millionaire. But it’s not all hunky-dory smooth sailing on a rough sea—No! These women have to actually sort out love’s first pangs, responsibility’s first pings and what it means to seriously pursue and welcome the kind of relationship you’ve only dreamed about.
Highly Recommended for Straight women who need a good laugh (you KNOW you want one!) and lesbians who need a good dream date from homemaker hell! HAHAHA…you’re going to love this one! When you want some good times with your romantic nightmares, Kiki Archer is your resident expert. Enjoy!
The Way You Smile made its way into the list of books I have managed to finish in one sitting. Everyone should give it a bash. Jiminy Cricket, am I glad that I did?!
Also, as an American, I found this book to be extra Britishy, compared to her others...which isn't a bad thing at all. I just needed to look up several terms, phrases and stores to fully understand a scene.
Harriot a wealthy intelligent but gentle businesswoman falls in love with Camila at first glance and that was it she saw and understood her before she (Camila) did. Camila's boys are good children and it's a lovely story.
I hope Cassie found her way and I definitely hope Julie is done for she's so conniving, self centered and mean I'm upset it took Camila so long to admit it to herself but better late than never. Buy the book it's a fun and hilarious read