Author: Z.B. Heller
Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Moxie Summers is a curvy, twenty-six year-old teacher who has not had the best track record with relationships. In a drunken stupor at a bar, she meets Miles who turns out to be her sparing equal, until she vomits all over his shoes. Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, her dream man turns out to be the single father of the newest student in her class.
While fighting an attraction for Miles, Moxie’s conniving stepmother tries to advise Moxie she needs to get in shape if she’s ever going to catch the man of her dreams. To make matters worse a Girl Scout plans Moxie’s demise, a surprise party makes everyone blush, and then there was the skunk…
Can Moxie overcome all the Girl Scout cookies, food poisoning and a showdown at Costco to get to Miles?
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
Moxie Summers is a Kindergarten teacher in Chicago. She's single, sassy, and saucy with awesome one-liners. I mean, really, Moxie can really think of some good comebacks. I was a bit jealous considering before I read this book I thought of myself as a comeback queen. Not now. Pssh. Anyway, Moxie hasn't had the best of luck in the dating game and worst luck getting a good lay lately. Until one night she is drowning her sorrows at a bar with her friend Renee and in walks an "Adonis". She makes the most memorable of impressions when she proceeds to upchuck on his feet. Can someone fall in love at first puke? In Moxie's world, yep. Oh ya, Adonis has an Adonis junior that just happens to be the newest student in Moxie's class. If life couldn't get any more embarrassing for Moxie, the rest of the book proves it can.
In a series of mishaps and very convenient run-ins with Adonis, Moxie and Miles (Adonis) develop a intensely sexually tension-filled relationship. But wait, Heller throws in another man. David is a set-up by her evil step-monster Martha. Moxie is lured in by his good lucks and seemingly genuine approach, but hey, he's no Miles Mr. Adonis. Things with Miles aren't what they seem and he pulls away a lot from Moxie forcing her to fall into David's hands.
You'll have to read the book to find out how it ends. I'm not giving that shit away.
Heller has a clear understanding of how to tell a story. She pulls you in from beginning to end. I would have read this in a day if I wasn't busy with Father's Day and my children. How dare they?!
Even though I loved this book, there is always room for improvement. I would have loved to see more development with the backstory of Miles. I wanted to see his feelings more, his struggle with grief, his concern with his son more brought into the forefront. The backstory was touched on but largely glossed over in favor of funny. Which isn't bad, that's what the book is about, the funny. Who wants to read a Debbie Downer when it's clear this book is more slapstick. Really hot slapstick, but I feel there could have been more development there.
Also Moxie's students being Kindergarteners were very, very sophisticated and smart-mouthed for a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds. I get it, it's for the funny, but unrealistic at times.
The editing wasn't terrible in The Chronicles of Moxie. I would have done things a bit more differently. I could easily tell the editor wasn't American which isn't something that readers will notice, but as an editor myself, I did right away.
Aside from these small things I found in the book, which aren't really a thing to consider as wrong, I found that The Chronicles of Moxie is a fun, entertaining, and laugh out loud read. I would suggest this to anyone wanting to take a break from all the heart-fail angst out there now. Because who doesn't need some funny every now and then. Pick up the is book and anything else that Z.B. Heller has to come in the future, you won't be disappointed.
About The Author
The Chronicles of Moxie is Z.B. Heller's debut novel