Fifteen minutes of fame is all Isa Maxwell needs to solve her financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life.
Thanks to her clumsiness, street smarts, and an unbelievable bit of luck, Isa lands her dream job, becoming the protege of Mr. Hue, the playboy billionaire owner of Shizzle, Inc. She even gets a number of new love interests, but all is not what it seems. In fact, absolutely nothing is what it seems.
Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her efforts be the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?
I’m not sure how I discovered this book, I think I was on Goodreads (trying, oh trying to figure out how Goodreads works!) and saw it.
As an author of a memoir about landing a “dream job” working for a playboy billionaire, I couldn’t wait to read a humorous fiction based on this very topic!
At first I confess to not loving this. I found it difficult until I twigged that Isa just wasn’t going to wise up to much and I had to embrace that about her. Isa is the most unaware, clueless protagonist I’ve ever encountered. As it’s 1st person narration, we’re in this girl’s head so if you can’t stand vast empty spaces or the echo of one thought trying to find another, then it might feel like a slog. But as with Sophie Kinsella’s heroine Rebecca in Confessions of a Shopaholic, I did come to love Isa for all her cringe-worthy Isa-ness.
Mr. Hue’s business philosophies were hilarious. The side characters were amusing. The whole rag-tag insane gang became quite endearing and I did love the sister and her twins. But the other thing that was hard to swallow here was the US setting. I wish Ana Spoke had used an Australian metropolis because I love smart books set in far-flung places (see my review of Donna Joy Usher’s The Seven Steps to Closure). I found the setting quite incredible. As in, not quite credible. Sorry. Maybe that’s because of working for a billionaire myself.
I think Spoke is a talented writer and I plan on reading Indiot, book 2 of the Isa Maxwell Escapades. And I read (on Goodreads?) that Ana Spoke wrote this as a parody of 50 Shades so for that reason alone, it gets a big tick from me. (Nope, I’m not on Team Grey. Couldn’t finish book one.)
I can’t leave you without a classic line from Mr. Hue.
“Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, but throw a huge party with celebrities, and your brand will go on to provide that man with two or even three fishes.”
After 16 years in Paris, and living in 6 other countries prior, Lizzie Harwood has now moved to Sweden with her French husband, two girls and angora stray, Goldie. When she isn’t escorting her wayward children to further their education (and asking them to please stop meowing on the subway even though they claim to be ‘part cat’)… she is writing memoir, women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and family life fiction. Plus she is an editor and writing coach to amazing authors around the world. Visit editordeluxe.com and lizzieharwoodbooks.com for more.