Friday, March 8, 2013

Early Review of Adventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith

'I subscribe to the domino theory of life. One bad choice or event triggers a chain of events that then lead to an explosion in one's life.'

We've all heard the horror stories of patients going under the surgeon's knife only to awaken to have the wrong limb or kidney removed. Well, in the time it took for Molly Gallagher to go under the knife, she woke up with something she didn't have before. Well, to be truly accurate, a couple of somethings she didn't have before--a pair of matching breasts. Now Molly was pretty happy with her body, perhaps not so much with her life, but thats another subject entirely. She'd gone in to get some work done by a plastic surgeon to remove some scars she acquired years ago and a breast augmentation was not on the table, but somehow the darn implants had found there way into her chest. She'd gone from flat to D in forty winks, and she wouldn't be able to get them removed for weeks while she recovered from her present surgery. She was stuck with the girls, well not exactly girls but a set of twins, one named Max and the other named Louise. Molly's adventures with Max and Louise were just about to begin, and her life would never be the same. 

'There is no way to describe how absolutely terrifying it is to wake up with an additional body part. Like Frankentein; no, Frankenstein's stripper. I have breast implants!'


This was such a fun book. I was laughing and giggling so much I think I've discovered a new way to tighten your stomach muscles. Find a funny book, read, repeat. lol! 

Molly is the girl next door type person. Her career is successful enough that she could get a place of her own, but she still lives with her father and feels the need to take care of him. Her mother died when she was still in high school, and she's been looking out for him ever since.  She's a food critic, and her column has been syndicated in seventy markets. She writes the column under the byline Diner X. She's smart and funny but extremely shy. While she's used to being the talk of the town as Diner X, being the talk herself, because of her implants, is rather unnerving. Imagine being the type of person to fade into the wood work only to now be unable to do that. 

She soon discovers that not only has her cup size increased, but the amount of male attention she's receiving has as well. She ends up with two men vying for her attention. One is a guy she's had a crush on since high school, Chas, while the other is one she just met, Wolf. The two come from two very different backgrounds and are like night and day. 

Wolf is an artist and is rather laid back. He has a loving family, and Molly and his mom get along wonderfully. The main problem with Wolf is that he isn't Chas. Molly hardly gives him a second glance.

Chas' family is rich and comes from a family who is rather distant. He's rather spoiled and is used to getting what he wants. He's not a very deep person, but he's fun and exciting and gorgeous. 

Meanwhile the implants seem to be literally taking on a life of their own. Max and Louise, the names she's given her breasts, end up voicing their, or rather Molly's conscious thoughts. I felt Max represented her wilder side while Louise is more conservative and sensible. They made me laugh, and I liked the explanation for there existence at the end. We don't know all there is to know about Molly up front. It was almost like Max and Louise counterbalanced the weight of the guilt she bore on her shoulders from something in her past.

With the added attention Molly finds her confidence boosted. Both her professional and love lives seem to be improved by it. Of course we all know by the end Molly will need to make a choice about which guy is right for her and I absolutely loved the ending. I confess, however, I would have liked to have seen more Molly and Wolf time, and I kind of wish Wolf had been Molly's best friend instead of Martin. 

Overall I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. I really enjoyed the story. It was fun, hilarious, witty, and charming. I liked the contrast between Chas and Wolf and the zaniness of Max and Louise. I also adored how Molly grew as a person and how Wolf saw the real Molly. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a BLUSH rating--at the beginning stages of romance where something is just starting to be stirred. I definitely look forward to reading more books by this author. 

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