Friday, January 29, 2016

You should be reading....Rachel Hollis: The Girl Series

The series starts with Landon and her adventures while trying to make it in the party planning business in LA, while centering around the Ashton family that includes two brothers and sister Max. There's one more younger sister, but she gets only minimal book time.   

The theme is similar to the Devil Wears Prada: Young girl heads to the big city and almost gets eaten alive by the evil, selfish lady-boss. This time, the girl is from Texas, and moves to Los Angeles to intern as a party planner to the stars.  The setting: event planning. Major event planning. The first novel in this series focuses on Landon, and you're introduced to her brooding roommate (Max), the quirky cool chick at work (Miko), and of course, the hot dude that has has a few surprises in store! While Landon is trying to pull off her first major event, she meets Brody Ashton, the pompus executive that she has to deal with...and that she can't stop drooling over.

I was looking for a light and funny read, and this one did the job well. I felt a bit more connected to the text with the Texas references. Thanks Rachel Hollis for all the Dr. Pepper and brisket talk. Had to make The Man (aka: the overly alpha Texan I married) break out his smoker and get me some Dr. Pepper after reading this! LOL! Rachel started out as a party-planner to the stars, and you have to wonder how much of this book is from real life. I’m sure some of names have been changed to protect the popular.

The second book is all about her grumpy roommate Max. She's dark, broody, and has a life-long dream to become a baker. Difficult when she's extremely hypoglycemic and sugar sends her into some pretty bad episodes (as seen in the first book). When she's thrown into what appears to be her dream job, only to have it taken away, Landon's hot friend Taylor steps in to help. He provides her encouragement, motivation, and a true friendship/companionship - something that she's hid from for a long time. A tiny bit of angst, but not much.

The third in the series focuses on Miko, the uber talented and romantic artist that has her eyes set on Liam, the youngest of the Ashton brood. Max and Landon are not on team Liam, knowing he's just going to break her heart. Miko is determined, and creates an outrageous list of ways to get him to notice her. She enlists Landon's sister to help, and the madness begins! Hilarious pop culture and classic literature references are throughout, and makes for another fun read with little angst and likable characters. 

The author, Rachel Hollis, is the owner of The Chic Site, and I have a feeling that some of the characters in the book have been inspired by real-life people! Rachel Hollis is my new girl crush. Fun light reads, fabulous tips on her website, and her videos are hilarious! I really enjoyed this series. I've been a long- time fan of Rachel Hollis' website, and now, a fan of her writing. Can't wait for more novels from her!

Get your copies here: 
Book 1: Party Girl -
Book 2: Sweet Girl -
Book 3: Smart Girl -

If you do nothing else…watch this bit of awesomeness:

About the Author:

Rachel Hollis founded the LA-based event planning firm Chic Events at only 21. Six years later Inc. Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. She went on to turn Chic into the extremely popular lifestyle website The Chic where readers log in daily for the tips and tricks she acquired after years of planning fancy parties for celebrities!

She has designed and produced fabulous events for many of Hollywood's elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, Sara Rue and Cuba Gooding Jr… just to a name a few.

Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later.

She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him her husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Follow her everywhere:
Instagram: msrachelhollis
Twitter: @msrachelhollis
Snap Chat: MsRachelHollis

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