Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Sweet Girl (The Girls #2) by Rachel Hollis

Max Jennings is in a bad mood. It’s not anything you did; it’s just that secrets from her past make it her natural state of being. But she’s not going to talk about it or share her feelings, so don’t bother asking.

Max’s bad mood means that very few people actually truly understand her or know that her secret dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for world-famous Avis Phillips presents itself, Max jumps at the chance. Avis and her staff aren’t stingy with the tough love, so Max spends every spare minute practicing her craft. As she bakes brownies and custards, cookies and galettes, she builds an unlikely friendship with a man she once loathed and finds herself falling into something she’s spent the last six years avoiding. Will she let her painful past stand in the way, or will she muster the strength to forgive herself and realize her full potential?

Sweet Girl is the second novel from Rachel Hollis' The Girls Series and follows the ups and downs of Max Jennings. We met her in the first book, Party Girl, and I was excited to get my hands on her story and delve into her inner workings. I fell in love with Landon from Party Girl and worried that Hollis wouldn't be able to replicate the fantastic story telling from her debut novel. For the record, she exceeded any and all expectations I had, delivering another phenomenal five star read that readers everywhere will fall in love with.
Max has an edgy exterior from her pixie cut to her standout nail polish. From the outside she is a no nonsense gal with a sharp wit and sassy mouth. You don't want to face her wrath, but Taylor isn't scared away. He actually enjoys riling Max up and ruffling her feathers. I loved the witty banter and tension between this hero and heroine as they discovered a friendship and connection could grow from the most unlikely of places.
I was easily swept up in these characters and story. Rachel Hollis has created this fictional world that is nothing short of magnificent. She's openly said her characters are make believe but bear pieces of herself and her truths. Sharing bits of herself in her characters is what makes them easy to relate to and identify with.

This story has everything that composes an epic read -- humor, romance, heartbreak, and hope. Max isn't immune to tragedy and the burden from choices she's made that have lead her to her present, but Rachel eases you into the dark parts by distracting you with the opportunities in her present. I found myself so mesmerized by the triumphs in her present, I momentarily forgot the unknown damage from her past. I can't express in words just how incredible this book is from start to finish.
Rachel Hollis has proven she can write. Any worry I had about how spectacular Sweet Girl would be quickly vanished as I tore through this work. I couldn't put down this charming read and highly recommend everyone find the time to introduce themselves to Rachel Hollis' books. Party Girl and Sweet Girl are genuinely heartwarming, and you'll fall in love with these stellar books! 

Rachel Hollis founded the LA-based event planning firm Chic Events at only 21. Six years later Inc. Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. She went on to turn Chic into the extremely popular lifestyle website The Chic where readers log in daily for the tips and tricks she acquired after years of planning fancy parties for celebrities!

She has designed and produced fabulous events for many of Hollywood's elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, Sara Rue and Cuba Gooding Jr… just a name a few.

Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later.

She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him my husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

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