Hi everyone today I get to share my review of The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft by Lola Salt as part of the Xpresso Book Tours blog tour. This book was one of my highly anticipated reads as soon as I'd discovered that this book was co-authored by none other than Sarah Alderson and Becky Wicks. Before I share my review of this fun book with you here's a bit about it.
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
From bestselling authors Becky Wicks (Before He Was Famous, Before He Was Gone) and Sarah Alderson (Hunting Lila, Fated, Come Back to Me) comes a new romance with a difference... After losing her job and her boyfriend on the same day, Lara's beginning to wonder if her life can possibly get any worse. Then along comes Jamie, a childhood friend, offering her a job delivering mysterious packages to random destinations around the world. Suddenly, things are looking up. Lara packs her bags and sets off on an epic adventure, meeting billionaire Arabic Princes in Dubai, rugged cowboys in Australia, a sparkling wannabe vampire in LA, a love guru with sex on the brain in Bali and Angelina Jolie's bodyguards in a hostage situation that can only be resolved with some very special eggs. But though trouble always seems to find Lara, it seems love is rather more elusive. Pack your bags. The adventure's about to begin!
Sarah Alderson has been a fantastic author in the last two years to me, she’d been able to deliver fantastic novels full with swoon and fast paced scenes and even try out the NA genre and give us another successful novel. So when I heard about her New Adult collaboration with Becky Wicks I was extremely excited to give this book a go.
Our MC Lara really has been having a tough time she’s lost her boyfriend and job in one day and is barely scraping by on money. It’s a depressing time as she doesn’t want to turn to her best friend or parents for a handout, she’d had a lot of fun these past few years, being part of the circus is not something she expected to fall into, but now with her mum pestering her about setting her up on a date with some bloke Jamie who she knew when she was younger, Lara decides to go for it, what else has she got to lose? Lara had already assumed her date with Jamie to be a flop, so I’m glad that things were turned entirely on their head. I won’t give too much away about Jamie, but if you’ve read Sarah’s previous novels, then you kind of know what to expect with her male love interests. Jamie was also the sweetest guy ever, it was obvious that he held a torch for Lara, my only complaint was that I wished that Jamie had been a little open from the beginning and that things didn’t have to end the way that they did. But I suppose that if they hadn’t done then we wouldn’t have been able to go on this weird and wonderful adventure with Lara in the first place. Jamie gets Lara this gig where she’ll be taking packages from one country to the next, she’ll never know what she’s taking each time, or who’ll she encounter on the way, but travelling to all these wonderful countries, who would say no to this wonderful opportunity?
Some readers may have got annoyed with Lara and the situations she found herself in, you could say that Lara just attracted trouble. Some of the escapades she found herself in were unbelievable at times, at times I did want to throttle her, as something bad would always crop up when the best thing for her (highlight to view spoiler) Jamie was around and then there were all those things which were mis-communicated wrong in the first place (highlight to view spoiler) Jamie and her best friend being together, even I didn’t want this to be the case .Overall however Lara brought a lot of laugh out loud moments, she was a quirky character who could talk herself into trouble one minute, but always manage to find a way out. And I thoroughly enjoyed the whirlwind of fun we were able to experience with her on this epic adventure. The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft was a very out there and fun read from Sarah Alderson and Becky Wicks, but one I’m grateful for giving a try!
AUTHOR BIO: Lola Salt is the pen name for two bestselling authors: Sarah Alderson & Becky Wicks. Becky has written several non-fiction travel diaries for Harper Collins; Burqualicious, Balilicious & Latinalicious, and the new adult Starstruck Series featuring Before He Was Famous, Before He Was Gone and Before He Was a Secret. Sarah is better known for her Young Adult novels, particularly the critically acclaimed Hunting Lila series (published by Simon & Schuster), as well as the Fated series. She also wrote the new adult romance Come Back To Me under another pen name of Mila Gray. The two authors met in Bali. Come visit us sometime and we’ll buy you a coconut.