Publisher’s Weekly Reviews THE RED BIKINI

Okay, my first official review came in from one of the top trade magazines! (The trades include Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal. And, in romancelandia, Romantic Times.)

Readers don’t read these as much (except sometimes when they pop up on your Amazon page), but booksellers, librarians and movie-makers do, so you want the reviews to describe a decent plot and say something moderately nice about your writing!

Here’s the review from Publisher’s Weekly:


The Red Bikini Lauren Christopher. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-0-425-27441-5

The easy charm of fictional Sandy Cove, Calif. sets the scene for a sweet romance between divorced mother Giselle McCabe and international surfing star Fin Hensen. Giselle and her five-year-old, Coco, are visiting Giselle’s sister, Lia, in Sandy Cove. Giselle plans to photograph a neighbor’s surf camp in exchange for surfing lessons for Coco. Shortly after meeting, Fin and Giselle arrange to be each other’s companions for two difficult occasions: Giselle must attend her former father-in-law’s funeral, where she expects to see her ex and his new lover, and Fin wants a “Donna Reed” type to improve his image at an important sponsor event. Buoyed by complementary needs for stability and appreciation, Giselle and Fin face the obstacles of their age differences, different lifestyles, and opposition from Giselle’s ex. Christopher’s writing is crisp and her characters are strong, and readers will look forward to the next installments in the trilogy. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/05/2014 Release date: 07/01/2014