Saturday, June 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR - Men and Martinis (Girlfriends of Gotham #1) by Delancey Stewart

Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart 
(Girlfriends of Gotham #1) 
Publication date: April 15th 2015
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance


It’s 1998…and New York City just might not be prepared for the Girlfriends of Gotham…

Natalie Pepper knows almost nothing about New York City, except that it’s far, far away from her home in California. When she packs up everything she owns and moves there on a whim, luck is on her side. She stumbles into a promising marketing job in the developing Internet industry and finds herself surrounded by poised and polished men who are nothing like the guys she knew back home.

One man stands out from the rest… CJ: All-American hunk and genuine good guy. But they work together, and giving in to their mutual attraction could put Natalie’s sparkly new world at risk. She resolves to look, but not to touch…if she can ignore the feeling that he’s the guy she’s been looking for her whole life.

Natalie’s new friend Candace Kanie has no such concerns. From the barroom to the boardroom, she’s used to getting exactly what she wants, and her no-crap attitude ensures nothing gets in her way. But when she meets Damon, the notorious playboy at Natalie’s company, she finds that her take-no-prisoners style might not be as effective in the romantic realm.

Frustrated and often irrational, Candace pushes for what she wants until something’s gotta give. And when it does, she realizes that the one thing she might not do better than anyone else is change.

The first book about the loves, lives, and laughter of a group of friends finding their way in the city is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy full of Men and Martinis!


Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

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This is a book I wasn't expecting. I was expecting something more along the lines of cattiness and a whole bunch of smutty, sexy times. So I'm happy to say that this is a story about new friends, demanding jobs and dating in late 90s New York City.

While the circle of friends is five, we get the story from only two perspectives: Natalie Pepper and Candace Kanie, who actually meet in a rather unusual way. I liked Natalie as a character, she seems like the kind of friend you want to have in your life (miBnus that one indiscretion, but hey, she had enough sense to stop). Candace is a very in-your-face person, the type of female who would unjustly be labeled as a "ball-buster". The remaning friends are Maggie, who is in a long distance relationship with Ernesto; Catalina, who gives the vibe that she's better than everyone else, including the circle of friends, and doesn't like Natalie for some reason; and Lulu, a vivacious Brazilian who is a former classmate of Candace and Maggie.

We get to experience the dating ups and downs of both Natalie and Candace in this book. Natalie is struggling with her feelings for a co-worker, while trying her best to stick to her "no dating co-workers" rule, and Candace is...well...attempting to build a mountain out of a douchebag with the guy she's seeing. There are hurt feelings in the story because the girl code wasn't honored, so I understand why Candace reacted the way she did. The only thing that wasn't really resolved was the whole deal with Sam, and even Catalina.

Overall, this was a fun story to read, so much that I've already purchased the next book in the series to see what's going to happen with Natalie.

Book provided in exchange for honest review.

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