March 30, 2013

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality: Jacob Tomsky

Jacob Tomsky has worked in the hotel/hospitality industry since just out of college. Starting out as a Valet he moves his way up through housekeeping and ends up landing at the front desk, though he can tell you about all the other departments of a hotel.

A memories that says that it will give you insight into hospitality and how to get what you want at a hotel. Personally, that isn't really what I found or was interested in at the end of this book. I will tell you really want it all boils down to now, it is tipping. Drop a tip to the front desk person and you will be taken care of, at least according to Tomsky.

One of the reasons I was compelled to pickup this book is that for my day job I am a travel agent. Maybe, that is why I couldn't relate to working a front desk and how they can help you more than others in the industry. The other reason is that I like memories and I though this would be an interesting different perspective to read about. I liked it for the second aspect and appreciated Tomsky story about his personal experiences. I personally would lose all respect for the hospitality industry if I saw all of what he talked about going on and saw it everyday. But, I suppose that is what a tell all and peek into behind the scenes is about. I do believe it goes a little more extreme then most situations, but that is what makes it a fun and interesting read.

So, I would suggest this book to others as an interesting read, but take the advice in it worth a grain of salt, not forgetting your $20 of course. 3 Stars, but not something I would go back to again and again.

March 15, 2013

Staged: Ruby Preston

Scarlett from SHOWBIZ is back. With her own production company she is ready to present her first work on broadway, Swan Song. The problem is that she can't get a theater, but she can't let that hold her back. So, she works on finding a director, gets a young hollywood star as a lead lined up. As she keeps working on a place to present the work Scarlett has to consider what lines she is willing to cross and how many friends she is willing to alienate in order to pursue her dream.

I still love Preston's works. I am excited to see that this is a trilogy, so we will be able to continue to read about Scarlett and maybe see her dream come to fruition. Again as a theater person I found this plot very relatable, but don't think that others who don't have a theater background would be lost. Scarlett is developed in this book, but I personally think if you didn't have the background of the first book on her and some of her main supporting friends you may be a little lost. Having read both of the books I could relate to Scarlett and the situations she found herself in and feel due to that I could understand why she made some of the decisions she did in a way you might not without the background.

I would highly recommend this book to others especially someone who worked in theater/did theater as a hobby or even just someone who always wished they could work in theater. This plot focused more on the life outside the theater then the last one, but you knew that aspect was still there. Someone who enjoys Smash the television show would enjoy this book.

I was disappointed by a few aspects of this book compared to the last. That was time passed between the two books and character development/relationships changed in that time and those changes were not well presented to the reader but as kind of second hand news/after the fact oh yeah I should tell you details to fill us in. I personally would have liked to know more about those relationships too and have gotten that insight. I think that part of it for me was I felt like I knew the characters and they were like my friends, so I would like to know about the details I missed. That is just me and didn't distract from the overall plots.

I have to give this book 4 stars in it lacked a few things for me, but it was still really enjoyable. I would encourage others to go read it and the others in the series.

This review is part of chick lit plus blog tours.

I was provided a copy of the book for review, but the summary and thoughts on the book are mine.

March 1, 2013

White Diamonds: Shirley Hailstock

Sandra Rutledge is at her remote family cabin trying to forget the world and prepare for finishing her doctorate. In getting there she finds a car on the road, in the car is Senator Wyatt Randolph. The Senator has been missing for days and on him Sandra finds a collection of imperfect diamonds, and he is just clinging to life.  Cleaning him up and nursing him back to health they are just both left with more questions. Not long they find themselves on the run for their lives and are not sure who to trust. As they try to piece together what they have, what it can do, and who they can trust of those around them that they are use to trusting. All while trying to work out there relationship to each other too.

Another classic romance type novel I really enjoyed this book as it didn't feel in my face with the romance/sex portion. The main characters were well developed and you could understand and appreciate most if their relationships with the supporting characters. There were a few characters that I had trouble with keeping all the names straight, especially since a few were referred to by two names once I worked out keeping the characters straight I understood how they were all woven together.

One thing I really enjoyed about this novel is that everything seemed to take place in real time. We knew what they were doing the whole time, you felt like you were traveling with them on the run. This was really relatable to me.

Personally, I would give this book 3 stars as it was very enjoyable and had great movement in the plot and character development. It didn't really have anything that stood out to me to give it more than 3 stars though. I would defiantly suggest it to others to read, not only if this is a genre you normally read, but maybe a genre you are interested in seeing if you want to read more in.

This review is part of chick lit plus blog tours.

I was provided a copy of the book for review, but the summary and thoughts on the book are mine.