Monday, August 17, 2015

Quote-tastic/Review: Turning It On by Elizabeth Harmon

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My Quotes today show just how much of a hero, Vlad the Bad is to Hannah.
“I’m successful. Accomplished. I have a great job. I live in New York City. Here, all anyone cares about is how hot I am. Or more to the point, how hot I’m not!”
He nodded sympathetically. “It’s TV. Unfortunately, sex sells better than other good qualities.”

“Exactly! I can’t compete. I’m not like those other women, and I don’t even want to be. But I have no choice. Not unless I want to lose my fiancĂ© to a scheming bimbo and have the entire nation talking about what a pathetic loser I am. It’s humiliating.”

“You can always learn to be sexy.”Vlad looked her over. “You’ve got the right equipment. All you need is to learn to use it. I am around sexy women all the time. I could coach you. You know…sexy lessons.”

“Sexy lessons?”She had to laugh at that. “I’ve never thought of sexy as a learned skill.”

“It is, though. All about how you carry yourself.”He adjusted his posture and the set of his broad shoulders conveyed a confidence that was undeniably hot.

“And who better to teach me than a guy named Vlad the Bad who takes off his clothes for a living?”

“As Uncle Ivan used to say, it pays to work with best coach you can find.”

I did it because you are a beautiful, desirable woman, and a long time ago, someone made you think you weren’t. I’m not saying a few lessons from me can undo everything, but I want you to see a little bit of what I see when I look at you.”


Cast of Characters

Hannah Levinson - Successful Assistant Editor at a publishing agency, Engaged to Jack

Vladimir Shustov- "Vlad the Bad", Stripper at the Male Room

Jack Gordon - Entertainment Lawyer, Engaged to Hannah

Eric Conrad - Creator and Producer of Last Fling, High School friend of Jack and Hannah's

Alison Micheals - Former actress on Somerset High TV show

Robynne Lovejoy - Dental Hygienist

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My Rockin' Review

Turning it on. Sounds sexy, right? How bout a reality TV show called Last Fling? Engaged couples have chance at a last fling, contest style. Bachelorette with a lousy twist? Ok we all see the writing on the wall here, right?  The "fling" chosen on Finale night earns $250,000.

Eric talks them into being a couple on the Last Fling, with Jack being and eager beaver. Hannah, while sweet, is a total doormat for Jack. Douche walks all over her! Boo hoo, he wanted to be an actor and his rich mommy and daddy wouldn't pay for his college to study acting. The man makes enough as an entertainment lawyer to save some damn money and fund his own acting classes now! Hannah is clueless, she picks literary characters as her flings, not taking it seriously. So when Spoiler Robynne her perky dental hygienist shows up, Hannah is SHOCKED. I seriously want to throat punch Jack several time! Naive little Hannah believes Jack's protests that he just wanted her to get the money for the job. *Head Slap* *Duh, girlfriend!*

Vlad the Bad - VictorVlad the Bad is anything but bad! He usually picks out the plain/shy one in the bunch and focus on them to make them feel pretty. I fell in love with him! Magic Mike who? I'm a Vlad fan! He's a writer of dystopian novels and has a bit of a dark past. He wants the $250,000 that he'll earn if he gets between his assigned couple (He's Team Blue and Hannah & Jack are Team Red)

I loved the storyline. It was definitely unusual. The cast of characters was diverse, most of them being sleazy to the extreme but there were a couple good ones. The POV was odd in that we saw Vlad, Hannah and Erics POV's. There is a subplot with Eric. The romance between Hannah and Vlad was very slow to build, but it fits the story line as Hannah was staying true to her "love" of Jack. I really enjoyed the way the romance was dealt with after the show ended. It was very believable. Overall I had a good time reading this one.





Book editor Hannah Levinson couldn't be happier. This "Nice Jewish Girl" is ready to marry the man she's longed after for half her life.When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she'll learn a thing or two.

Vlad Shustov's fall from a once-bright career as a competitive figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, "Vlad the Bad" strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show's prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can't even bear the thought of.

Hannah's not like any woman Vlad's met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she'd worked so hard to shed, can she trust there's more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants' confidence, they'll have to believe true happiness is not only may be looking right at them.


One last quote!
"Oh my God, you are wearing tear-off pants!"

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