Friday, December 6, 2013

Zoey & The Moment of Zen - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Although it’s been almost a year since Braden broke Zoey’s heart, she can’t seem to let him go.  While at her best friend’s wedding, Braden informed Zoey that he wasn’t the settle down and get married type.  Then he proceeded to tell her that he no longer wanted to date her.  Any normal person would take such news and try to move on.  Not Zoey!  She not only checks Braden’s voicemail and e-mail messages … hey, he should’ve changed the password, right? … but she also shows up at a restaurant knowing that he’d be there on a date.  Concerned with how Zoey has been obsessing over Braden, her friends and family plan an intervention.  They all take turns telling her that it’s not natural or healthy to act the way she has been and that they are sending her away on a little vacation.  A vacation intended to rid Zoey’s head and heart of Braden.  Hesitant at first, Zoey finally agrees.  How bad can it be spending a week in Mexico sipping cocktails on the beach?

But when Zoey gets to Mexico, she quickly finds out that this vacation is going to be anything but relaxing.  The resort she’s staying at is an alcohol, caffeine, and cell phone free zone.  If that’s not bad enough, the guy on the plane who could be Braden’s long lost twin, is also going to the same resort.  How can she try to rid Braden from her head when this guy looks just like him?  Not to mention, everywhere she turns, he seems to be there.  Can Zoey make the best of this “vacation” and rid herself of Braden?  Or will the efforts of her family and friends be all for nothing?

Zoey & The Moment of Zen is a fun book with an amazing cast of characters.  I loved the humor and found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the book.  The author does a great job captivating my attention right away and holding it throughout the book.  I really enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it to others.  This winter, why not transport yourself to Mexico with Zoey and warm yourself up with this amazing story?

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Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie–who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.
An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she’s an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows–even though she’s not particularly good at either.

Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and–had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night–she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).

Cat is not sure whether she’s a geek or a nerd–and is afraid she might be both. Breaking the Rules is her first novel.

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  1. So glad you enjoyed the book Marlene!

  2. Thank you so much for the review, Marlene! :)

  3. This seems lovely :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I love this author so much! Her first book was amazing!

  5. Merry Christmas!

  6. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  8. Great cover and sounds fun because my niece and nephew are named Braden and Zoey!