Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cocktail Hour by Tara McTiernan Review & Giveaway

What if your friend - someone admired, envied, and fervently sought after by everyone who knew her - was really a dangerous sociopath?

Spring in glamorous uber-rich Fairfield County, Connecticut is a time of beginnings: a new diet for the approaching summer spent out on the yacht, fresh-faced interns being offered up at the office as the seasonal sacrifice to the gods of money, and corporate takeovers galore. Five women in their thirties have a brand-new friendship, too, one that's fed and watered regularly at local hotspots over cocktails. With all of their personal struggles - Lucie's new catering business is foundering due to vicious gossip, Kate's marriage is troubled due to an inability to conceive, Chelsea's series of misses in the romance department have led to frantic desperation, and Sharon's career problems are spinning out of control - the women look forward to a break and a drink and a chance to let their guards down with their friends. And letting their guards down is the last thing they should do in the kind of company they unknowingly keep with the fifth member of their cocktail-clique: Bianca Rossi, a woman who will stop at nothing to have it all.

This is the must-read beach book this summer! If you enjoy chick-lit with a splash of psychotic, then you'll love Cocktail Hour!

Set in the summer in Fairfield County, Connecticut, five women have become quick friends and we come to know them as they spend time at a variety of hotspots in the area for cocktails.  Katie, Chelsea, Sharon, Lucie and Bianca all are just trying to live their life and enjoy their new comradeship.  While they all have struggles, they are unprepared for the fact that Bianca is consistently is working behind their backs, using her deviousness to get what she wants.  When she's tired of what she haves, she makes plans to go after something else.  She isn't really their friend, but she will do what it takes to get what she wants, and she wants it all. 

It's interesting to get to know each individual character and while I didn't have a favorite, I didn't hate anyone either - even Bianca.  I was impressed by the twists and turns of Bianca's deviousness, as well as the way each character's life developed and how it sometimes overlapped into another's.  Fast paced, seamless writing, and thoroughly enjoyable, I'd give Cocktail Hour FIVE Stars! Decadent and Fabulous!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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