Review: Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty (4/5)

Monday 4 August 2014
The first instalment in this hilarious, romantic and unputdownable five-part series. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk's I Heart... novels.

Paris. City of love, city of romance. The last place you want to go to on a work trip when you're in the middle of an epic dry spell. But that's where Poppy is headed, along with her colleague Charlie, who's shallow and annoying but very, very good-looking. During a white-wine-fuelled session with her friend Alice, Poppy concocts the perfect plan: work by day, and have some no-strings fun with Charlie by night. Of course, it might prove a little more complicated than that, but it's nothing Poppy can't handle - or is it?

Girls on Tour is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four friends, ordinary girls who have extraordinary fun in faraway places. Expect the unexpected, the utterly hilarious and unforgettable, on this rollercoaster ride of love, laughs, surprises and sparks. You have a VIP pass to join each girl's adventure, so pack your bags and buckle your seatbelts, because just about anything is possible...

I read Nicola Doherty's second novel If I Could Turn Back Time (and ran a Q&A with Nicola) a few months ago and loved it. I was then very excited to read about this Girls On Tour series. I'm not going away this year and as the series is described as ordinary girls having extraordinary fun in faraway places it is perfect for me to join them in some fantastic settings. That said I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of Paris, but there wasn't any question of me not reading this book. I was also ecstatic to see part of my review for If I Could Turn Back Time quoted inside the book. This is the first time that's happened to me and it is amazing!

I find it really hard to talk about novellas, they are so short that you can often give away half the story in a review but basically our main character Poppy is going through a bit of a dry spell. Off to Paris to interview an author about a book she finds out her colleague Charlie - who despite a few flaws isn't all that bad looking - is joining her and comes up with the idea of a one night (or weekend) stand. Immediately there's two ways this could go, no strings attached sex with a colleague slash sort of friend is never a good idea, or is it?

I absolutely loved Nicola's writing in this book. She definitely has her own style but at the same time I got a very Lindsey Kelk feel. I don't know whether authors like to be compared but as Lindsey is the Queen of this genre in my opinion I feel it's a good compliment to give! She is also incredibly funny and there is plenty of hilarity in this book. Despite not sharing in the excitement of the Paris landmarks and Parisian life (as a Tube nerd the most I got excited about was the Metro) I absolutely loved this book and as a very short read it really was over far too soon for my liking.

Next up in the series is Lily Does LA. LA is definitely more me and I cannot wait for this one. Nicola Doherty is an author to keep an eye on and one that I can certainly see being included in my favourite chick lit authors when she has a few more releases under her belt. 

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