Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: The Juggling Act by Carol Maloney Scott

SUMMARY
Now that her dating days are finally behind her, Claire is enjoying a blissful life with her new husband and baby boy. Gone are the drunken nights in impractical shoes, and Internet dates with men who lose their hair…and their pants. 

Unfortunately, she’s discovering that life as a married, working mom isn’t turning out to be the perfect happily ever after she dreamed about. She adores her little boy, but her husband’s behavior is about to make him eligible for the Most Disappointing Spouse of the Year Award. 

His unwillingness to help around the house and his slacker work ethic are frustrating enough, but the constant parade of beautiful, single women in his life has Claire in a constant state of distress. Didn’t she realize that the cute front man of a popular cover band would attract hot, young women with perfect cellulite-free legs? And whose idea was it to hire the curvy nanny with the sexy accent? 

When an unexpected business trip pops up – with a super-hot, much-too-young former love interest, Claire’s own loyalty is put to the test. A publishing conference in Key West may be the ideal escape from her troubles, but will she be tempted by the forbidden in a town full of swingers and breakfast alcohol consumption? And why does everyone they meet think the business colleagues are on their honeymoon? 

Scrambling to cover up innocent, but suspicious circumstances, the couple struggles with honesty, loyalty and what to share with each other. As they sink deeper into their marital gloom, will they find their way back to wedded bliss, or finally succumb to the enticement of new…and uncomplicated romance? 

MY REVIEW 
WOW, where do I begin?  At the beginning I really thought I needed a notebook to understand all the different directions this book was going in.  The characters are so in depth and so vivid - you will feel like you know each and every one to the depths of their beings.

Claire seems to have everything that she could ever want.  The handsome, young, talented husband, the perfect son and (many) cute little doggy children.
But marital bliss isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.  Brandon seems to be at odds with her and they seem to be mad at each other more than happy these days.

Claire works out of the home full-time for a publishing company while Brandon stays home with their son, writes a book and is the front man in a local band.  (I personally got the feeling that he was somewhat of a freeloader most of the day - sleeping in, has a nanny to take care of his son and seems to be flirting more than working.)

The the next piece in the ticking time bomb that is their life - Claire is going on a work trip - with her ex-boyfriend,  Oh boy, this is so not going to end well is it?

Justin is hot, younger than Brandon, kid free and in the same industry that Claire is and clearly in love with her (or at least was), what does Brandon really have to worry about?  (Yea, right)

Don't get me started on the tenant across the street (always wanting to get in Brandon's pants) or the nanny from your worst nightmares? (why would they hire her in the first place?)

The story will have you wondering what will happen next - from hot tub nights in paradise, to karaoke singing, neighbors always dropping by and half-naked nannies, you will not know what hits you until your saying, did that REALLY happen?  

Will Claire cheat with her ex-boyfriend?  Will Brandon cheat with the girl across the street or heck the one working in his own house?  Will their marriage stand the test of time or go down like Ben and Jennifer?

Grab a bottle of wine or two (you'll need it) and sit back and take it all in!

WINE SELECTION
I would match this crazy love story with a deep red wine, Toublemaker Red Wine to be specific!

MY RATING
I would rate this crazy whirlwind of a story 4 wine glasses - it had me wondering what in the world would happen next and hating some of the characters along the way!