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Must Love Otters by [Gordon, Eliza]
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"The perfect solution for an afternoon's entertainment." ---I Am, Indeed Blog

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Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, shes saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. Shes already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollies 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead shes providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, cant stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4327 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: West 26th Street Press (Oct. 9 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2V5G32
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kendall Grey posted this recommendation for this romantic comedy and I 'one-clicked' like a fool. I figured that if it made her laugh I would too.
The story is well written while delivering eye and bladder leaking moments.
It's an easy and fun read. I would have enjoyed it more if there was more...however I was still satisfied with the author's imagery burning visuals I just can't un-think!
Definitely has a swoon worthy Alpha male!!!
I will not forget about this romance story.
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This book is 'cute' or maybe 'nice' is the right word. It has love, sadness, character growth, humour and so much more. I usually like my books a bit more spicy but I knew I wanted to read this book when I read the first two chapters at the end of one of the novels I was previously reading. So I went on Amazon.ca and purchased it (it was under $5 - my usual limit). From the moment I was introduced to Holly Porter I knew this book was going to be a winner. I get Holly - simply meaning I understand her. Being lost without direction. Trying to find your way in life. Sometimes you have to be reminded that this indeed is your life and you need to take it on and do what you think are the right things. You need to find a passion and a soul mate to love. Did Holly ever do that. Thanks to her friendly neighbourhood bartender and Mona and Herb. She left her job, dumped her boyfriend (who sounded like an idiot) and travelled to a the Revelation Cove - by float plane. She met Roger (rich ass of a man who should have his balls cut off - gee can you tell I don't like him). But it was all about the hockey player. He was the one that stole her heart.

So I am back to my description, 'cute', 'nice' or maybe heartwarming. When Holly finds her place, what she is looking for - everything seems right in the world again. So it has a HEA. I L O V E HEAs. If you like nature there are a lot of interesting references so read this fictional story and you can learn something too!
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A must read! Great characters that draw you into a sweet sexy adventure. Life full of new hope and possibilities!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b300c) out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Hysterics! Nov. 2 2013
By A Book Vacation - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a feel good comedy full of snarky inner monologue and laugh out loud situations, then look no further than Eliza Gordon's amazing debut novel, Must Love Otters. This comedic women's fiction/humor novel will leave you in stiches as Hollie Porter's life spins hilariously out of control, gluing you to the pages as Hollie stumbles from one amusing mishap to the next. Though the initial circumstances are almost tragic--breaking up with her boyfriend of two years and having to go on a romantic getaway solo--Hollie's thought process and revelations about life make it a hysterical look at life and its many lemons.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and its entertaining look at life, I found that the story really took off for me once Hollie left home to go on holiday in Revelation Cove, British Columbia. Here we begin to see a different side of Hollie, away from the job she hates, the ogre lady on the first floor, and the boyfriend from hell. Finally, Hollie can let loose, but in the process she goes from one hilarious calamity to the next; from accidentally streaking to ending up oarless in the middle of the ocean, Hollie's outlook on life is about to drastically change thanks to the lovely Concierge Ryan.

Gordon has a gift with words, gluing readers to the pages as this story unfolds, offering readers multiple laugh-out-loud moments as Hollie attempts to make sense of her life. From a catastrophic nacho incident to an evil, territorial goat, the events that unfold will keep you snickering late into the night with this unputdownable read.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b3060) out of 5 stars The perfect solution for an afternoon’s entertainment. Oct. 29 2013
By Gaele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Yes, yes I do love otters: their cute little faces, their comical behaviors and the fact that they always look like they have something to say. So, the opportunity to read this book, when offered, was a no-brainer. It didn’t hurt at all that the offering for the ARC was laugh out loud funny – I mean, really. So I knew that if she could take that much effort to get a reviewer, she would have delivered.

And Deliver She Did. This story instantly grabs you, and while Hollie never seems to catch a true break, her indestructible good humor and willingness to try again after every stumble is endearing. Stuck in that phase of life between true innocence and utter desperation, when those childhood dreams feel particularly out of reach, Hollie is often too amenable to other’s desires, and finally, she is tired of it.

After yet another caller to the 911 line dies while she’s on duty, she decides a change of scenery may just change her life, and she packs up for a vacation on the British Colombia coast, hoping to be able to see the otters who live there.

As often happens, one cannot change your essential being just by moving, but Hollie is so endearing and funny and essentially worth loving that you can’t help but fall in love with her: and nearly everyone does. And you will laugh, cringe and ultimately cheer her along as she tries to find new footing on a new pathway to happiness. The perfect solution for an afternoon’s entertainment.

I received an ARC from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b3498) out of 5 stars Cute, predictable, feel-good romantic comedy fare April 8 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My expectations for this genre are not particularly high, and I consider three stars to be kind of a B, in terms of grading, if I were grading the book. The characters were your typical romantic comedy stereotypes and the plot was your typical romantic comedy plot.

We have a smart and pretty female lead, quick-with-witty/snarky comments, albeit bumbling, klutzy, borderline alcoholic (but portrayed in a very functional, acceptable, trying-to-be-funny way) otter-loving 911 operator who detests her miserable job and broken relationship with her live-in donkeybottom (whom she throws out fairly early on, in an effort to change her life for the better).

To take some time to sort out the next step in her life, she takes a vacation at a remote nature resort where she is met by the scruffy but friendly, if a little... familiar and teasing, concierge, who also is smart and funny and of course has gorgeous green eyes and dark curly hair, but who maintains a quasi-professional demeanor, including almost ALWAYS addressing our heroine by both her first and last names (why do writes of romantic comedies find this so endearing a trait?) .

Then, of course, within hours of her arrival, she finds herself flattered with the attentions of a wealthy, beautiful, blonde-tan-muscular,very sexy and persistent guest who pulls out all the stops to win her heart (or some other part of her anatomy).

Our otter-obsessed heroine carries on in various cliche ways, such as locking herself out of her room while enjoying her outdoor hot tub in the buff, and various other similar hijinx that you've probably seen if you've ever watched pretty much any romantic comedy, all while drinking steadily and maintaining a non-stop self-deprecating internal monologue. There's even the classic (nay, almost REQUIRED) misunderstanding-about-evidence-of-current-relationship-status scene that almost ends what happiness our heroine has found. And of course the significant (possibly alcohol-fueled) personal growth that inevitably takes place on a week's vacation in this genre, no matter how many sexy guys there are too chose from.

What will happen? Well, even though as you read the book, it becomes increasingly clear EXACTLY what will happen, it's an easy, light read with no typos (that I noticed) and some basically decent writing (from a technical, if not highly creative standpoint). There are some smile moments, but nothing laugh-out-loud funny (for that, get Jenny Lawson's memoir, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened").

I kept reading to the end, and I won't do that for a book I can't stand, so that's saying something. But would I recommend it to a friend or buy it for my mom? No, I don't think so. Less critical readers, specifically fans of light romantic comedy novels would probably enjoy it. But I've read a number of this type of "beach book" or "airplane book" and while it wasn't PAINFUL, it wasn't exactly the highest specimen of this popular genre: therefore, I offer my grade of a solid B (three stars, in my estimation). And here's hoping this review has been helpful.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b3858) out of 5 stars Such a fun and great rom com book March 3 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is so much fun. It is just the kind of cute romantic comedy that I needed. I instantly fell in love with the super chivalrous and teasingly funny Ryan. (Even though I figured out most of his secrets, he was so sweet that I was rooting for him from the first time we met him.) and Hollie was a trip. She was so funny. She has such a big personality, but she manages to make it come off as endearing and not brash, so you can't help but fall in love with her.

I loved the resort setting and I really, really loved Hollie's fascination with Otters. I myself think otters are adorable little furballs. And don't even get me started on when they hold hands- I lose it! Hollie likes them even more than I do. She watches all kind of documentaries about them and has figurines...the whole nine yards. Must love Otters starts out with a peak into Hollie's lackluster relationship with Keith. I have no idea how she put up with him for 2 years. Holy cow the last week or so was enough for me to be completely sick of him. But then she dumps him and takes a little break from everything and that is when the story really gets good.

Most of the story takes place over her one week stay in Canada at a spa resort out in the middle of nature. Concierge Ryan is kind of the go to guy there. He seems to do everything. But there is also Miss Betty to fall in love with. That lady is super sweet, and darn it, I want to try some of her jam! There are plenty of hi-jinks fun that add to the comedy element of the romcom. Hollie is hilarious. She seems to think almost solely in stereotypes. When she first got to Canada she was surprised that she wasn't just handed a cup of maple syrup, for example. Plus, there is plenty of hockey talk in this story, which is also right up my alley.

The real magic of the story is watching Hollie find herself and find something special in her life. She is such a cool woman that you just want her to find that missing piece and happy. The romance is nice, slow and perfectly developed, and it doesn't even start out with Ryan as the main interest. Everything works out in the end, and there isn't even really a love triangle. Just some bumps along the road. I loved Must Love Otters. And don't worry- there are otters in this story for your coo-ing and awh-ing pleasure. Fans of Romantic Comedies and contemporary romance need to check this book out.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b393c) out of 5 stars Not funny and too much swearing, really just a ridiculous story April 9 2014
By PZAZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It just was so far-fetched and unbelievable with it "coincidences". And I agree with another reviewer who said it seemed like the author was trying too hard to be funny - she did not succeed. I just will not ever understand why any author needs to use so many swear words unless it's a story about the mob or characters who would actually have potty mouths. It just didn't fit at all in this type of "light" sort-or love story.

It was so incredibly predictable. I hate predictable because what's the point in finishing it? Well I forced myself and I mean really, really forced myself to get through this and when I did, it ended exactly how I thought it would. No surprises. Sometimes I wonder how books like this one even get published. It was that bad.

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