How to Liv by Megan Keith is FABULOUS!!! Plain and simple. Joel is hot, Liv is gorgeous and the story of them meeting and falling in love is simply gorgeous. For all of you that don't know what a Tim Tam is, you are really, really missing out - if you have an Aussie contact somewhere get them to send you a packet, it would be the perfect accompaniment as you read How to Liv.
Title: How to Liv
Author: Megan Keith
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Cover to Cover Designs
Olivia Moore is your average hard working, down to earth, Aussie chick.
Taking each day as it comes, working in a factory, Olivia is just plodding along through life. She’s resigned herself to the fact she’s not going to get her happily ever after, a husband… kids… because she has given up on men - they lie and cheat, leaving a world of pain in their wake.
Then Olivia meets Joel.
Joel Turner is hard working, down to earth, sexy, kind, fun… in fact, he’s damn near perfect. Joel is exactly the type of man Olivia has always wanted. He stirs emotions in her that have laid dormant for years. He breaks down her walls, forcing Olivia to fall in love and to finally believe fairy tales really can come true.
Until she discovers something that could change it all.
“Fuck!” Could this day get any worse?
“So we meet again,” a now familiar voice spoke softly.
I jumped, still cursing the broken tub of ice cream and turned to watch Tim Tam guy pushing his trolley to a stop at the back of the silver ute parked beside mine. What are the chances?
“Well, I feel like I have to introduce myself now.” He chuckled.
Introduce myself! Why didn’t I think of that?
He stepped a little closer and held out his hand.
“I’m Joel and I promise I’m not stalking you.”
“Olivia,” I said laughing, taking his hand. It was warm and slightly rough. It was strong and inviting and very, very hard to let go of. I blinked a couple of times and then dropped my hand to my side before I made even more of a fool of myself. I hope he can’t see the sweat on my brow.
“Nice to meet you,” he said with a genuinely heart pounding smile. “So Olivia, have you eaten?”
I picked up my packet of Tim Tams and saluted him with them.
“Dinner?” he asked disbelievingly.
“Yep,” I replied.
“You can’t be serious.” He chuckled.
“Deadly,” I said with a smile.
“Could I take you to a real dinner? Something with a little more nutrition, maybe?” He had a cheeky look on his face.
“Um…” I’m a sweaty mess, why is he even asking me?
Oh god, he’s single! And hot! And asking me out!
I was lucky enough to get an advance release copy of How to Liv and also to have the time to start reading it immediately. Apart from a brief break at the 51% mark (girl’s gotta eat!) I devoured How to Liv in one sitting and loved every word of it!
Being Australian, I loved that this was a book written by an Australian, about Australians, set in Australia. So many things were so familiar and relatable, which made it that much easier for me to lose myself in the story.
Liv has been burnt in the game of love (badly and more than once) so is not interested in the prospect of a relationship. Her self-confidence has been shattered and with her more glamorous, confident and outgoing sister to compete with, really what’s the point?? Liv is a caring and loyal friend, not a total recluse, but her time is spent mostly at work and she doesn’t believe she’ll ever get her happily ever after.
Liv encounters Joel at the supermarket and “ermahgerd” (to quote Liv’s sister Ally) he is perfect. P-E-R-F-E-C-T!! Hot, considerate, funny, sexy, talented and just a little controlling in the bedroom ... perfect!! Liv can’t believe he’s single, or that he would be interested in her. Despite her doubts, she finds herself falling for him and falling hard.
I loved watching the relationship between Liv and Joel unfold. They were nervous, they were funny and as they slowly started to relax a little they were gorgeous together. Liv’s past experiences are a significant challenge for her. She has trust issues and struggles with her fear of being hurt again, continually waiting for the “other shoe to drop” because surely what is going on is too good to be true? Joel has baggage of his own and despite his insistence on no secrets with Liv, he keeps one, never quite able to find the right time or the right way to disclose. This has dire consequences for the two and it was painful to read this unfold.
Megan Keith has an engaging writing style. I got lost in her characters and story very quickly. She establishes an environment that is detailed, without being overly so, but enough that I could visualise people and places easily. There are many fabulous characters in this story. I’ll confess I was not a fan of Liv’s sister Ally - suffice to say she treated her sister badly and yet Liv continued to allow her to live in her home and came to her defence regularly. Liv’s workmates were relatable, reminding me of my own co-workers and the fun we have. Adam and Raelene, Joel’s brother and sister in law were your typical, down to earth Aussie’s - and some of the conversations with Raelene were hilarious. I would be remiss in not mentioning Chelsea, Joel’s super gorgeous niece - she’s such a cutey!!
How to Liv sucked me in and kept me reading. I laughed, I had moments where my heart was breaking for the characters and let me tell you, Megan Keith can write some steamy bedroom scenes *fans face* ;) Go grab yourself a copy, a packet of Tim Tams and curl up for a thoroughly enjoyable read - oh and I dare you not to fall in love with Joel!
5 out of 5 stars
Megan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia. She has loved reading books for as long as she can remember, but it wasn’t until she got given a kindle that she became a full-blown reading addict. Her introduction to the world of indie authors re-ignited her passion for writing. Megan has published the first two books in a new adult romance trilogy, Finding My Way and Crossroads, with the third still a work in process. She also has written an erotic novella called Eraser. How to Liv is her fourth published book.
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