Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Dear Dwayne, With Love by Eliza Gordon

Title: Dear Dwayne, With Love
Author: Eliza Gordon
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Lake Union Publishing (January 23, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.


But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.







Must Love Otters and it's predecessor were such fun and quirky reads that I couldn't wait to delve back into the crazy characters that Gordon knows how to create and draw you in with. And from the very first chapter, it didn't take me long at all to see that Dear Dwayne, With Love was going to be just as quirky and fun and crazy as her other books and I couldn't of been more excited about it. 

I don't even know how to describe this, it really was so unique and just downright fun. I know I keep saying that word but it really is the best one possible to describe not only Dani's crazy obsession with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson but just about everything else that happens in this story.

Not only Dani's obsession but her inner monologue had me cracking up numerous times not to mention her imagined conversations with The Rock and her blog posts, seriously, crazy funny stuff.

I loved that not only was this about one woman’s crazy (and maybe over the top) obsession but it was almost like a coming of age story for Dani, even though she is well into her twenties and on her way to her thirties. I loved watching her grow, not only within herself, but with her family and friends as well and even though the whole “Mommy” thing still creeps me out when I think about it, it someone worked with the story and the madness that was Dani's whole family and life. 

Another great story from Gordon that will be sure to please all of her fans and to create some new ones along the way.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

58 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. This sounds like a very enjoyable read. I haven't read from the author yet but reading how you enjoyed this one, I'll definitely give it a go.

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. She has some pretty fun and unusual reads. I hope you try her!

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  2. LOL! I love that she loves the Rock so much. I love him too. I'll need to check this one out! It sounds like so much fun.

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  3. Oh it looks fun and I love the cover!

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    1. It really was and all her books have really cute and fun covers. :D

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  4. Oh I own Must Love Otters! I have to get to that and now add this one. Great review!!

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    1. Must Love Otters is one of my favorites, so funny! This was really good too though so definitely read them both. :)

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  5. Ok, given how much of a huge nerd Dwayne actually is, I kind of want to know if he's read it and/or what his reaction would be.

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    1. I know! I thought the same thing while I was reading this, wondering if he would ever see it. ;)

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  6. This sounds fun. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. This sounds SUPER unique and fun! Dwayne is hilarious and super talented, and I totally get why this heroine must be obsessed with him. ;)

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  8. Oh Kindlemom I need this, what's better than a fun read after so many dark ones. Yes!!! Thanks
    This is why I like Beth Harbison her reads are fun too, Try Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger. Priceless!

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    1. Ooo I'll go look that up now Debbie! Thanks for the rec!

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  9. I am going to make it my mission to read at least one of her books this year! The characters she creates look endearing.

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    1. They really are and I hope you love her work as well!

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  10. The blurb didn't grab me, but your review did. Nicely done, Ali!

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  11. Awesome post glad, this one had so much humor!!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex


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    1. Me too, it's nice to have these types of books once in awhile. ;)

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  12. I didnt’ read her second book. I need to read both of her books as I really do need more light and funny books. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Ali.

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    1. The second one was good but I liked the first one better. This reminded me a little more of the first one with all the weirdness.

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  13. I didn't know she has a new book coming out!! Yay I'm excited!

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  14. Sounds like a fun quirky read. I would want to get the book just to read those blog posts!

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  15. Not sure, but I think I bought Must Love Otters after I read your review. Unfortunately, it's still in my tbr. This made me want to not only pull it out to read but to also look this one up. Great review!

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    1. Awww thanks Lorna and I really hope you love Must Love Otters when you get to it. :D

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    2. I preordered this one. I need to get reading!

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  16. I usually struggle with stories with aspiring actresses but this one sounds really cute and heartwarming.

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    1. It actually didn't focus too much on that part so it was easy to handle, if that makes sense. ;)

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  17. This sounds like a lot of fun to read. I haven't read the other books but I'll have to check them out too.

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    1. I hope you do and like them as well!

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  18. I meant to read Must Love Otters and let it slide to the back of the list. I like how you really seemed to enjoy this one and that special tone the author takes.

    Thanks!

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    1. It is so easy to happen so I understand completely! I do hope you read it though and like it. ;)

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  19. Oh goodness, that sounds really good. Love the cover too.

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  20. That is such a cute cover! Also, that’s awesome that it was unique. That’s always a huge plus for me!

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  21. Before I read your review, the name Dwayne immediately made me think of The Rock. LOL This sounds fantastic. I'm pretty sure I have Must Love Otters on my kindle - need to read that.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  22. I love that the book has some humour to it!

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    1. It's nice to have those books that can make you smile and laugh out loud.

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  23. Oh I really like the cover~ The story sounds interesting thanks for share your review

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  24. I love it when a story is fun and you can breeze right through it, yet has some character growth and depth, too. I'll have to check this story out! Wonderful review! :)

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    1. Yay! All her books are a blast! Hope you love her too. :D

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  26. Sounds like a great pick for a light and fun read.

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