Another 5 star must read fun-filled novel by author Tracie Banister is now available for your enjoyment! Looking for your next fun read about a strong, confident woman finding her way in the world? Then do yourself a favor by checking out my review below, learn more about the book, AND if you purchase a copy by today, Tuesday January 30th, you can enter to win a fantastic giveaway!!!
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Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister
I loved this novel! Izzy is a dynamic and ridiculously fun character that makes you want to be her friend. She’s gorgeous and sexy and has a lot of personality wrapped up in her Latina life. She’s got fabulous friends and a fabulous job… that is until she realizes that the modeling jobs have dried up now that she’s almost 30! She’s still in fantastic shape but she’s no longer able to make a living modeling so she comes up with a plan to snag a wealthy man and make being his wife her job. She loves clothes and expensive things and what better way to secure a life of comfort and luxury?
Izzy begins to discover that money isn’t everything and although it can buy a lot, it can’t buy you attention from the people you care about most. Does she really want to settle with a husband that doesn’t give her the time of day in exchange for a lifetime full of luxury? Is it worth it if you don’t have anyone to share it with? Izzy begins to realize that there’s more to life than being beautiful and rich. She even discovers a hidden talent and I love what she decides to do with it and the person she allows herself to become. The guy she ends up with doesn’t hurt either, and I love the messages and themes throughout the story about love being the most important thing. The love you have from your friends and family, and the one person that makes you feel amazing, the person that knows you, maybe better than you know yourself is the best kind of love. The person that will always be there for you, even when you hits times of trouble and if you don’t have a lot of money, is the kind of person you want to spend your life with.
Overall this was a fantastic fun book with great messages about being true to yourself and discovering what you want out of life. The only thing I didn’t like was that some of the Spanish that was thrown in here and there had no English translation, so there was a bit I didn’t understand. Otherwise, this book was hilarious and I highly recommend it. [Blush meter note — there were a few scenes that had a small blush factor, but no full on sex scenes.] Enjoy!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.
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About the Book
Title: Izzy As Is
Author: Tracie Banister
Published: January 24, 2018
The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?
Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.
The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.
Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?
Enter to win the Giveaway
Purchase a copy of Izzy As Is during release week (January 24th-30th, 2018) and you could win a fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s sassy Latina heroine (nail polish, jewelry, and mojitos are some of her favorite things) and the beachy setting in Miami. People who purchased Izzy during the pre-order period are also eligible for the giveaway!
This prize pack includes:
Deco Miami Custom Trio Set of Nail Lacquer with
Champagne Mami, Feeling Fuego, and Señorita
Betsey Johnson Peacock Feather Earrings
Gift Republic Mojito Cocktail Scented Candle
Coconut Scented Gift Set from The Body Shop
(inc. Shower Gel, Body Scrub, Body Butter, Soap, and Bath Lily)
Bella Pilar Gem-Topped Gold Pen
She Spiral Notepad Set by Kate Spade New York
(Quotes on Notepads: 1 – She believed she could, so she did. 2 – “How many shades of red lipstick do you need,” they asked. “That question,” she replied, “is complex and intriguing.” 3 – She adores pretty things and witty words.)
To enter this giveaway, e-mail Tracie Banister at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on January 30th, 2018 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Izzy As Is within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!
About the Author – Tracie Banister
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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).
Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.
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Sounds like a great book! I’m definitely going to have to add it too my taying list. I love a strong female lead!
This looks like such a fun read!! I always like to find light books like that, that are an easy read, so thank you for that.
I usually read fantasy (Harry Potter on repeat lol) or heavier novels. So I’m adding this to my list!
Sounds like a positive, motivating page turner! Nothing beats curling up and reading a good book!
Kelly Edgar says
Loved reading this review! Will be adding this to my books to read list
Evelyn, pathofpresence says
…Now how can I pass up a 5/5 review on a book that reminds me about the importance of matters that are beyond the worth of money? Sounds fascinating & can’t wait to check it out. Thank you!!
tachira wiltshire says
This book sounds like such a fun read 🙂 Perfect for a relaxing day at the beach. I am adding this to my reading list 🙂