Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Review - 4 in the Afternoon by Geralyn Corcillo - Booklympics - Back Catalogue Books

Title:  4 in the Afternoon
Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Blackbird Press
Publication Date: 26th October 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Bestselling and award-winning author of romantic comedy Geralyn Corcillo has just released this collection of 4 RomCom short stories. Dates, dogs, football, monsters in the attic, misunderstandings, and unexpected discoveries abound in these tales of modern love. 

***All Summer on a Date: The gorgeous Kyle Hunter is taking reformed iconoclast Summer to the party of the year. But when an unexpected dilemma slams into their exquisite evening, will Summer follow her date...or follow her heart? 

***Random Acts of Violet: Cautious loner Violet Parker needs a new playbook when her quiet summer on campus collides with an unexpected eight year-old, a monster in the attic, and Noah... 

***Miss Understanding in the Ballroom with the Wrench: Jesse and Peter meet at a party, but each is hiding the one thing that they think makes them un-dateable. Will their subterfuge and all the ensuing misunderstandings wreck everything? Just as the spark between them is about to ignite? 

***Jane Austen Meets the New York Giants: The NYT Bestselling true story of true love that kicked off Geralyn Corcillo's writing career.

This was my first introduction to Geralyn Corillo's writing, and its confirmed something I had suspected from looking at the blurbs of her various book. Which is that she is going to be a chick lit author that I will enjoy reading, and from the first story in this collection, I definitely had that vibe. 

There are three main stories in this collection, that are clear romantic comedy fiction, and the other is a short autobiographical piece about how Geralyn realised true love with her husband, as they try to compromise between the New York Giants and Pride and Prejudice! 

The first story All Summer on a Date tells of an incredibly kind hearted girl, Summer who doesn't have the New Years Eve she had planned, when circumstances change, but instead has a very memorable evening. The male lead in this was a good guy who I really took to as he was introduced. 

In Random Acts of Violet, Violet clearly has feelings for a local footballer, but is trying to deny her feelings. She also ends up in charge of an 8 year old while house sitting over the summer, and slowly blossoms. For a short story there is a good amount packed in, and there was even some character development, which is great to see in a smaller piece of fiction. 

In the other story Miss Understanding in the Ballroom with the Wrench, which is a very long winded title to have to type, its a classic case of two people meeting and then making big sweeping assumptions about each other to quite comic effect. 

I loved all of the three main stories, and found them to be well crafted, leaving me with a big curiosity as to the contents of some of Geralyn Corcillo's fuller length books.  Amusing short story collection with a romance theme perfect to dip in and out of in a series of lunch breaks. 

1 comment:

  1. Rachel, I am so glad you enjoyed my short stories and that they make you want to check out my longer works! And perfect timing, as my third romcom novel comes out on Friday! And thank you for the nod to character development in Random Acts of Violet. Those two characters already had such histories in my head before their story even started :) Thanks so much for reading and reviewing and thanks for including me in your fantastic Booklympics!


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