Friday, March 14, 2014
REVIEW: Boss Girl by Nic Tatano
Author: Nic Tatano
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: February, 2014
Description: Sydney Hack is the single, thirtysomething VP of news for a failing network… and she also has a taste for younger men.
She soon realizes a whole lot of over-thirty female viewers do as well, so she sets out to give these women what they want; a chiseled, trophy buck in his twenties sitting on the anchor desk next to a woman…
With nothing to lose she does the unthinkable; along with three female managers who happen to be her best friends she brings out the casting couch and turns it into a sleeper sofa. Doesn't matter that the men have no television experience. As long as they look good. And there’s a hint of romance in every newscast.
Ratings skyrocket as a result, but Sydney and her female cohorts discover something else along the way…
True love is not always age appropriate.
My Thoughts: I was provided with a complimentary copy of Boss Girl in exchange for an honest review. Nic Tatano is a new to me author and I have been intrigued for many years by the male author’s perspective in the chick-lit genre. I find the story lines refreshing and daring so if you are hesitating to read a chick-lit by a male author, let me stop you right there and save you from making a very big mistake.
With Boss Girl, Mr. Tatano takes the age old “casting couch” mentality and hurls it out the window in a bold and hilarious manner by putting women in the dominant positions for a change. It’s about time, I say! Men have been using this tactic for years and it’s high time the tables were turned, so to speak. Men who want to work for these women now find themselves being required to sleep with these women as part of their job. It should come as no surprise to anyone that these men are completely willing participants. This story centers mainly on Sydney Hack, the VP of a network struggling to compete in the ratings market. She decides to start pairing older female anchors that can’t get hired anywhere else because of their age with younger, hot men, regardless of their resume. The only references Sydney and her best friends want to check are those in the boudoir. The secondary characters of Rica, Neely and Jillian bring this story to hilarious levels as these women are all sampling the offerings and even have a draft event to decide who gets who.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first read the description but I decided to keep an open mind. My first thought was this sounds like erotica, but it’s not. For a story that features sex as the main plot device, there are no crude, graphic or descriptive play by play narratives. Mr. Tatano does a brilliant job of giving the reader just enough for their imagination to kick in with the rest. The characters are amazing, strong, successful women who want what all women want. To be accepted, respected and treated well. To be judged on merits and successes, not on bra size or age. This story also is about relationships…the ones that are difficult and the ones that occur when they least expect it.
My Final Verdict: So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get this book. I am looking forward to reading everything Nic Tatano writes. If you want a story with strong characters, sassy dialogue and hilarious plots, Boss Girl is an excellent choice.
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