Review – Love in an Elevator

Love in an Elevator, a Romantic Comedy anthology

My Review

love-in-an-elevatorI loved this book, I loved this book, I loved this book! Clearly I can’t say it enough times! Love in an Elevator has 8 short stories that incorporate a romantic story that involves an elevator in some way. Who would’ve thought that there could be so many ways that elevators can bring people together?! They’re all clever and funny and filled with unexpected romance and all the stories incorporate the elevators in completely different ways, yet the elevator plays a key role in all of the storylines. Some of the authors are personal favorites, some are authors i’ve been meaning to read, and some were completely new to me. Almost all 8 stories got a 5/5 star rating from me and I HIGHLY recommend these stories to all who enjoy romantic comedies and are looking for some major laughs!

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

[Please note, these stories are no longer available as an anthology and are available to purchase separately as novellas from each author.]

1. Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis

I was looking forward to reading this short as I’ve heard of her work but have never read any of her writing yet! This story was about Sierra and Jude meeting in an elevator that gets stuck. They’re both young, hard-working professionals that work hard to accomplish their goals. I love that he’s a professional hockey player (It’s the only sport I truly enjoy!) and I love the tie-in with the Magic 8 ball. Sometimes the digital age can bring people together and sometimes it can make things more difficult, but I truly believe that when things are meant to work out, they very often times do.

5/5 Stars – super cute story of Sierra and Jude

2. Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte

This was a new author for me and I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of her before. Thankfully that changed now that I’ve read her story of Lauren and Jamie. Lauren runs into her old college boyfriend, of all places on a crazy bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas. They both have accomplished a lot since their college years, but could it be that neither of them ever moved on from their failed relationship?

4/5 Stars – mixture of silly, sweet and serious

3. Going Up? by Whitney Dineen

I’ve got a few of Whitney’s novels on my kindle app but haven’t made my way to them yet. This novella inspired me to read them soon!

Fiona Kitchen moves to New York to open a branch of her massage spa called The Rub, like her flagship store in Pennsylvania. After months of having trouble finding a new client base, Fiona gets a job as an elevator operator. That job leads to some interesting adventures and I was happy to be along for the ride. I would love to read a full length novel of Fiona’s story.

5/5 Stars

4. Taking a Chance by Becky Monson

Liza and Jay meet in the elevator that is supposed to take them to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Liza is a special type of socially awkward; she’s scared of crowds, small spaces and especially afraid of heights. But she has a promise to fulfill and perhaps Jay is the perfect person to help her accomplish her goals.
5/5 Stars – Such a cute story!

5. Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi

I was excited to see that Rich was one of the authors in this anthology, as he is one of my favorite authors! You can get a copy of this novella for free if you sign up for Rich’s newsletter (you’ll also get his new releases for a discounted rate when they come out): Sign up here!
Happy to be stuck with you is a cute story about seemingly unrequited love in the workplace. You know what they say about making assumptions about people right? You’re usually wrong! This was a funny one, a laugh out loud comedy from beginning to end, in the classic Amooi style.

5/5 Stars – classic laugh out loud comedy

6. Upstairs, Downstairs and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo

Another of my favorite authors!

This is the charming story of where Mark and Maisy meet and fall in love. I read the full length novel recently and it’s wonderful! I enjoyed reading how it all began, even though I read it out of order.

5/5 Stars

7. The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale

This was a new author for me, but one I’ve heard great things about. This is the story of Bailey and Callum. I loved the dynamics between these two and would love to continue reading their story if it was a full length novel!

5/5 Stars

8. Out of Order by Dee Ernest

This was a completely new author for me. I loved the story and the relationship that brews between Seth and Grace and will definitely be checking out her other works.

5/5 Stars

Title: Love in an Elevator

Author: Multiple Authors

Published: July 2016

Book Blurb: Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology!

I purchased this book when it was available as an anthology. You can now only purchase the novellas separately from each author on Amazon.

Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis – Amazon Link 

Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte – Amazon Link

Going Up? by Whitney Dineen – Amazon Link

Taking a Chance by Becky Monson – Amazon Link

Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi – Newsletter

Upstairs, Downstairs, and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo – Amazon Link

The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale – Amazon Link

Out of Order by Dee Ernst – Amazon Link

I purchased this book when it was available with all 8 stories together in one. They are now only available separately. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion. 

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Review – Kiss Me in the Snow

Kiss Me in the Snow by Rich Amooi

kiss-me-in-the-snowPublished: December 2016

Book Blurb: A fun, enchanting holiday romantic comedy!

Hollywood superstar Sophia Harris is trading stage lights for Christmas lights and spending a quiet, man-less holiday in snowy Lake Tahoe with her sister. At least that was the plan. But when a hunky ski instructor steals the show, Sophia finds herself up on skis, but falling hard.

Ethan Woods enjoys his laid-back lifestyle and relishes his time on the slopes. Things heat up with the arrival of Sophia, the stubborn vacationer who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The vulnerability she so desperately tries to hide draws Ethan in like a magnet.

But all vacations must come to an end and soon Sophia will have to choose. Will she go back to her life of glitz and glamour? Or will she follow her heart to a happy ending with the leading man of her dreams?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

This book literally had me laughing from the opening sentence!

Sophia is one of hollywood’s highest paid actors, but none of her work has gotten her close enough to her dream of getting an oscar nomination. Her sister Chelsea’s divorce was just finalized and the sisters decide to take a vacation during the holidays to get out of town. They head to Lake Tahoe where they’re in for a fun-filled adventure.

I loved the story of Sophia and Chelsea and the adventures they have in Lake Tahoe. Amooi crafts lovely charming characters wrapped up in a non-stop hilarious story that will have you laughing the whole way through!

5/5 Stars for another hilarious romantic comedy by Rich Amooi

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

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He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Review – Coffee, Tea or Me

Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi

coffee-tea-or-mePublished: September 21, 2016

Book Blurb: Susie opens a tea shop next to Jack’s coffee shop and the war begins.

Jack Robbins has a booming coffee business, an eighty-year old customer who can’t keep his clothes on, and a rescue Chihuahua named Chimichanga that likes to kiss on the mouth. Life is good until the new business next door takes a bite out of his sales.

Susie McKenna has the new tea shop everyone is talking about, an over-protective brother, and a stubborn, good-looking neighbor who is trying to steal her customers.

Things really start to percolate when Jack and Susie both volunteer to help plan the downtown festival. They have to work together and soon Jack won’t be able to get by without his daily fix of Susie. But can a coffee lover and a tea devotee put their competition aside to get their happily ever after?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

As a coffee lover, the title and subject of this novel hit home for me (as I’m sure it will with many others!). I’ve never been a tea drinker, though I know many that enjoy it. When Susie opens a Tea shop right next to Jack’s coffee shop, you know you’re in for an entertaining story. While Jack and Susie battle it out on the business front, they begin to develop a professional rivalry and working relationship. Written in the classic Amooi style, Coffee, Tea or Me is downright hilarious and will literally make you laugh out loud while you’re reading it.

I loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed the humorous dynamics written throughout the whole novel. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, then this is the perfect book for you! Reading this story put me in the mood for a delicious cup of coffee and yummy scones!

Another fabulous romantic comedy from Rich Amooi.

5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

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He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Review – Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom

Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom

Divorced Not Dead Workshop Artwork pdfAuthor: Rich Amooi

Published: May 12, 2016

Book Blurb: When her best friend stages a love-life intervention with a psychic at a Chinese restaurant, Lilly Jones suddenly finds herself flying to Rome in search of her future husband. The only thing separating Lilly from true love is the fear of flying, lactose intolerance, a scandal with the Pope, and the sexy Italian she meets on the plane.

My Review

Although Lilliana Jones has an open door policy at her HR job at a high- tech company, she has no room for spontaneity in her own life. When her best friend stages a love intervention, Lilly is in for a rocky and laugh-out-loud funny ride. Lilly’s luck – or lack thereof – when she steers off course throughout the novel is absolutely hilarious. My sides hurt from laughing hard when Lilly goes from one unfortunate situation to the next.

I loved the story of Lilly and Marco! This novel had me laughing the whole way through. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, extremely funny read. Filled with romance, chaos, a few wrong turns and tons of laughs, this romantic comedy will have you turning the pages to find out more.

One of the main themes of the novel was that learning to let a little spontaneity in your life can lead to fun new experiences. Planning is great, but sometimes straying from the scheduled course isn’t always a bad thing.

Needless to say, this was a classic Amooi romantic comedy and I loved every minute of it.

Words to describe this novel : spontaneous, humorous, chaotic, romantic, fun, adventure

5/5 stars

I received a complimentary Advanced Review Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Rich AmooiQuirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective.

Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster and has a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Book Review | Dog Day Wedding

Dog Day Wedding – by Rich Amooi

Publication Date: January 30, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 7.51.38 AMBook Blurb

Giovanni Roma was jilted at the altar. Twice. Meeting Natalie is an enchanting distraction—too bad she’s engaged to another man. To top it off, Giovanni’s mother has a mouth with no filter and is obsessed with finding her son a suitable baby-maker.

Natalie DeMarco is a good cop with one problem. Cold feet. Her fiancé is a decent man, but she’s starting to wonder if decent is good enough. Maybe the doubts could be blamed on Giovanni, that guitar-making Italian hunk next door.

Giovanni knows he must do something, but things get out of hand when he learns he’s not the only one who objects to the wedding.

Dog Day Wedding is a fast, fun romantic comedy that gives new meaning to the term, “Shotgun Wedding.”

Humorous romance novels for men, women, and small farm animals.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon Global

My Review

Rich Amooi is at it again with another fabulously entertaining romantic comedy! I love reading his work, not only because it’s absolutely hilarious [which it is], but I’ve come to enjoy reading fun romance novels written from the male perspective. I don’t see too many men writing funny romantic comedies but if they could all write like Rich, there would be way more men on the scene!

Dog Day Wedding is written with Amooi’s signature male humor and is anything but crass. This novel is about a man named Giovanni Roma who gets dumped at the altar on his wedding day, twice! Talk about some bad luck, or maybe just some bad taste in women? The story follows Giovanni in the events that follow his unfortunate wedding day. Throughout the novel he meets some seriously funny people and gets into some interesting situations that will leave you holding your stomach from laughing too hard and flipping the page to find out what happens next.

Following the non-wedding, Giovanni has a hilarious chance meeting with a woman named Beatrice and her adorable little dog. In a twist of fate he then meets Natalie, a gorgeous cop that’s [unfortunately and surprisingly] engaged to the least passionate man on the planet. I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow throughout the novel and I found myself completely engaged in their story.

The main topic of this novel is love and the idea that you can’t force things when it comes to love. The point of love should be about making one another happy, not about putting up a pretense of a happy relationship. It shouldn’t be about materialistic things in life like a big diamond or a fancy car. It should be about spending time together and being happy with one another. You should want to spend every waking minute with this person that you have so much passion and feelings for. Love isn’t about having a big rock for others to notice and admire and ultimately, you have to let love happen naturally.

Filled with funny and heart-felt scenes, Dog Day Wedding is an absolute must-read, as was Amooi’s first novel Five Minutes Late [and likely anything else that he writes in the future]. Click here to read my review of his first novel Five Minutes Late for more insight on his writing. I recently introduced a close friend to Rich’s novel Dog Day Wedding and she absolutely loved it! I can tell you that anyone that enjoys romantic comedies will love this story. 5 stars for this hilarious novel!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Rich provided me with a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. Receiving novels free of charge in no way reflects on my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was provided for my review. I encourage you to write reviews and share them on sites like Goodreads and Amazon!

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Author Bio | Rich Amooi

Rich Amooi -Author PhotoQuirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective.

Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster and has a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

Author Interview | Rich Amooi

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I was introduced to Rich Amooi’s writing when I read his first novel Five Minutes Late a few months ago. It was a fabulous, laugh-out-loud, debut novel from what I believe to be a very promising author. I immediately added him to my mental go-to list of authors. [Click here to check out my review.]

‘Comedy & Romance…with a side order of madness!’ His writing is fun, quick, and is sure to make you laugh. When I found out that his second novel was about to be published [Dog Day Wedding, released January 30, 2015], I couldn’t wait to read it and was even more excited to snag an interview with him. Read on and then go get yourself a copy of his first novel and his new one.

Interview with Rich Amooi

Hi Rich, a huge, warm welcome to Living Life With Joy! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?

Absolutely! Thanks so much for having me. I was born in San Francisco, but have lived in Silicon Valley (San Jose) most of my life. I am happily married to a kiss monster and we have a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

I just started writing romantic comedies full-time in 2015 and I’m having a blast!

Can you tell us a bit about your latest novel, Dog Day Wedding and the inspiration behind it?

Dog Day Wedding actually started out as a short story that I wrote in a creative writing class at Stanford. The title is based on the 1975 Al Pacino movie, Dog Day Afternoon. In the movie, Pacino robs a bank and ends up taking everyone hostage.

My story is a little lighter since it’s a rom-com. Okay, a lot lighter. The final scene is three chapters long and includes a wedding with hostages. Don’t worry…nobody dies and there’s plenty of red velvet cake for everyone!

As for the inspiration behind the story…I love weddings! I thought it would be cool to write a fun, crazy story around a wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about writing romance novels?

Great question and easy to answer because it also happens to be my favorite thing about romantic comedy movies: The dialogue. I love clever and funny and silly dialogue—and I love to write it. I first started paying attention to dialogue back when I saw When Harry Met Sally for the first time at the movies. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with romantic comedies on the big screen and—more recently—humorous romance novels.

Can you tell us about your journey to publication?

 It started when my wife encouraged me to take a creative writing class at Stanford. I ended up taking four classes between 2010 and 2012 and I enjoyed them tremendously. After reading one of the stories I had written, she said, “You need to make this into a novel!” Side note: It’s SO COOL to have such an amazing, supportive wife! So, I expanded the story into a novel. Then I did a ton of research on self-publishing before releasing the book to the world in August of 2014. Things are moving a lot faster since I’m writing full-time now. I have four romantic comedies scheduled for release in 2015!

Five Minutes Late is your first romantic comedy. How did you find writing your second rom-com compared to the first? Was it easier or more difficult?

The second book was a lot easier because I was much more organized and focused. I had so many things going on while I was writing the first book; a month-long trip to Spain, the parents-in-law staying with us for three months, buying our first home, putting in a new garden. In contrast, I wrote the entire first draft of the Dog Day Wedding during the month of November 2014 for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Then I took another six weeks to tweak it, get feedback from my beta readers, and polish it even more before it went to the editor. Huge difference! 

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

I’m working on a romantic comedy (surprise!) called Kissing Frogs. It’s about a woman who signs up for online dating to find suitable date for an important wedding. And let’s just say it was a lot harder than she thought it would be! LOL.

Who are your favorite authors and what books do you enjoy reading?

Romance! Kristan Higgins, Tara Sivec, Jill Shalvis, Tracy Brogan, Marina Adair, Stephanie Bond, Terri Osburn, Jennifer Crusie, Catherine Bybee. Can you tell I like romance?

Is there one book that stands out in your mind that you wish you’d written?

The dictionary.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?

Time is precious. You should be doing what you love—instead of thinking one day that you might do it. As Tony Robbins says, “When would NOW be a good time?” My first passion was music. Naturally, a career involving music would have been amazing. So I did it! I was a radio personality “on the air” at some of top radio stations in Silicon Valley for over thirty years. While I was working in radio, I thought it would be cool to start a Wedding DJ company. So I did it! I had so much fun entertaining at over 1500 wedding receptions. Then I wanted to write romantic comedies—I’m doing that now! That old saying “you can be whoever you want to be” or “you can do whatever you want” is so true! Time is precious. Get out there and make it happen!

If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be?

The perfect holiday is wherever my wife is. We have fun whether it’s walking the dog on the trail, driving an hour to be by the ocean in Monterey, or traveling fifteen hours to visit one of my favorite countries, Spain.

Thank you so much for participating in this interview, I’m delighted to have you on my blog and truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!

Thank you! It was such a pleasure.

 

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Rich Amooi – Author Bio

A bit about Rich from his website:

I believe in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

You’ll notice these things sprinkled throughout my writing, along with a dash or two of madness! Because life can get crazy sometimes, right? And you never know where it’s going to take you.

 

Click the links below to purchase Dog Day Wedding

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Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 7.51.38 AM Giovanni Roma was jilted at the altar. Twice. Meeting Natalie is an enchanting distraction—too bad she’s engaged to another man. To top it off, Giovanni’s mother has a mouth with no filter and is obsessed with finding her son a suitable baby-maker.

Natalie DeMarco is a good cop with one problem. Cold feet. Her fiancé is a decent man, but she’s starting to wonder if decent is good enough. Maybe the doubts could be blamed on Giovanni, that guitar-making Italian hunk next door.

Giovanni knows he must do something, but things get out of hand when he learns he’s not the only one who objects to the wedding.

Dog Day Wedding is a fast, fun romantic comedy that gives new meaning to the term, “Shotgun Wedding.”