A fun, adventurous, clean romance (Book Review - Pamela Ford's Over Easy)

Title: Over Easy 
         (The Continental Breakfast Club - Book One)
Author: Pamela Ford
Genre: Romance

Over Easy, the first in Pamela Ford's The Continental Breakfast Club series is a warm and cozy romance. 

Three friends, Megan, Bree, and Allie, and their misguided quest for true love takes us on this journey that starts with Allie's story.

Allie Parker, the dog groomer, who belongs to a family of doctors and lawyers is the central character in this episode of The Continental Breakfast Club.
At twenty-eight years of age, Allie is still treated as a kid by her family.
Her conviction that the right man by her side will gain her respect from the rest of the family is reminiscent of some movies I have seen and books I have read.

What the three friends choose to do and the consequences make for a different, chucklesome read.

They join the gym in hope of meeting the perfect macho guy. Instead they just end with with some advise for the sweaty guys in the gym...

"Believe me when I say this, guys, grunting is not a turn-on. If you can't move the weight without making noise, cut the poundage. We really, really don't enjoy picturing you creating a hernia. Or worse."

And some fitness-inspired metaphors to describe their experiences...

"You know how your arms feel stressed and shaky when you've lifted a really heavy weight too many times? That's what marriage is like."

Sneaking into continental breakfast at a hotel to meet one of the successful men getting their nourishement before the start of their day is the latest idea. What can go wrong there?
You either meet a great guy, or you don't.

Not in Allie's case though. 

She meets a jewel thief, who in turn mistakes her for his contact there.
The events that follow are dangerous, yet funny. And of course, Allie's 'happily ever after' is right there for her.

A lot can happen over a continental breakfast. Who could have thought?
Well, the three friends had thought that it would be love that they would find. 
What they find instead is misunderstandings, danger and adventure. And yes, love too... just not where and how they had expected.

The wisdom of the three friends has you smiling, even as you are shaking your head at the ridiculousness of their plans. 

The takeaway from this book that 'happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it' 

Over Easy is written in first person narrative of Allie Parker and I like her dry and practical sense of humour from the very beginning. 

A clean romance that leaves you warm and fuzzy, with a satisfied smile and the anticipation of the next adventure, thanks to a continental breakfast.

With the reckless, yet sweet attempts of the three friends to find the perfect man backfiring, Over Easy makes for an interesting, light, chucklesome read.

It is the dry, matter-of-fact humorous tone of the narrative that make Over Easy an interesting read.

The girl-talk between these friends is not insensible, giggly kind. It is tongue-in-cheek, intelligent, and yet fun.

If you are a lover of clean romance with engaging characters, read Over Easy, you will be smiling through the antics of the three friends.

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The italicised text in quotation marks are quotes from the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description

Allie Parker's had enough. Just because she's a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She's convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister's stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she's met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn't know is that he's a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she's his contact—and so does everyone else who's after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie's world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

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About the author

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot - and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook   Goodreads

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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks for the great review!


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