Book Review: Just Add Spice by Carol E Wyer

Just Add SpiceWhat’s it about?

Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots.

Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.

Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel — a woman who doesn’t believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price.

My thoughts

This is the first Carol E Wyer novel that I’ve read and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This was actually surprising, easy to read, and a bit of a page turner with great twists that I honestly didn’t expect.

Cinnamon’s character was this glamorous, evocative but deeply wounded with an element of romanticism, danger and just plain scary! Dawn is just an every day sort of woman – a really believable character, realistic, someone who could be your neighbour with inhibitions and problems that we could all relate too.

However, this novel is more than an intermingling of characters. It’s clever! There’s a fictional character who creates her own fictional character but then interacts with her! I know, I know, it sounds it a bit barmy but it works really well. Most of us probably talk to ourselves…Dawn talks to Cinnamon. I mean let’s face it, nobody really knows what goes on behind closed doors!

Overall, this novel is a fun read and the lollipop scene…OMG you should just read it for that! Read if you’re a fan of Carol’s but also if you’re looking for something a little different to regular boy meets girl chick lit.

Available from Amazon Just Add Spice

1 Comment

  1. 15th August 2013 / 9:39 am

    Had to race over to thank you so much for this super review. I am so pleased you enjoyed Just Add Spice and am hugging myself in glee that you found it ‘clever’. I hoped people would appreciate all the little twists, nuances and details I hid within the story and characters and you have! Thank you again for making my morning start so brightly.

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