New Release Book Review: Cocktails at Le Carmen by Isabelle Andover

Released: JUNE 19th 2015

A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.

When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.

Cocktails at Le Carmen is available in both print and ebook formats.


Whilst they technically only go to “Le Carmen” twice, I did love the presence of cocktails throughout the story!
The first quarter of the book sets up the characters and the scenes and I appreciate the author for doing this. There’s a lot to inform the reader about in order to send them on the rest of the journey. Once a ‘certain’ event happens in the book I found that the storyline really picked up and reading of Chloe’s French adventures became really enjoyable. Trying not to let the hot-in-a-suit/only-a-towel, Jean-Luc distract me was a bit difficult! Who doesn’t love a French man who knows how to wear a suit and order cocktails?!! A variation of characters throughout the book adds another layer to the story, keeping it interesting and fun, and the French background becomes another layer in itself. This is a well-thought out addition to your chick-lit bookshelves. I give it three and a half cocktail fueled stars because…cocktails..yum!

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*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.