Here’s a sneak peak at an upcoming review of No Regrets in Paris, scheduled to appear in the September edition of the Midwest Book Review. You can view their other reviews at http://www.midwestbookreview.com/

 

Credit to D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

No Regrets in Paris is a wry observational novel about bad decisions, bad luck, and a thread of disaster that seems to follow every move made by protagonist Mike, whose seemingly solid life is thrown into chaos by a series of circumstances not always out of his control. With a good job and a steady girlfriend, what could go wrong?

 

Murphy’s Law begins with a phone vibrating with too many messages during a business meeting. When Mike finally has time to check, he’s treated to a breakup notice via text. And the sad fact is: he hadn’t even registered the many warning signs leading up to this startling event: “The realization that my girlfriend of almost two years has distanced herself without me even realizing it is sobering.”

 

As more bad decisions follow on his part, from an experiment with cocaine to leading a wild new bachelor life that constantly seems to blow up in his face, readers are treated to a roller coaster of angst and irony as Mike circumvents challenges created in part by his association with freewheeling buddy Shane, who constantly leads him in questionable directions.

 

A trip to Paris could change all that when Mike meets an incredible woman there and is forced to not only confront his past actions, but his future possibilities. What could go wrong?

 

It should be mentioned that this book is, in turn, bawdy, ribald, hilarious, romantic, and edgy. Mike is not the kind of heroic protagonist that wins everything his heart desires, in the end: he’s more of a good boy gone bad who is trying to find his way in life and with women, and this theme will especially appeal to new adults likely to relate heavily to Mike’s struggles and efforts. Those he encounters along the way can be just as edgy in their actions: “Not content with insulting their way down the line, the Scotsmen raise the stakes by mooning the crowd.”

 

This is a good opportunity to mention that all the descriptions in No Regrets in Paris are crisp, contemporary, and fun: “Before I can offer my opinion on the selfie, we embrace against the setting sun, the moment captured forever. Or at least until someone steals Annette’s phone.  After photo bombing some other couples, we continue on our way.

 

Will Mike reach the love of his life with the appropriate gestures; or will he once again face a failed romance? Against the backdrop of his romantic growth and overtures to the lovely Annette is the atmosphere of Paris and the efforts of a young man looking to grow new purposes and relationships in his life, against all odds.

 

Vivid, immediate, and fun, No Regrets in Paris blends well-done dialogue and realistic scenarios with a sense of action and discovery that will keep fiction readers involved to the very last page.

Midwest Book Review