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Book Review and Giveaway: What's it gonna be? by Cassandra Piat

Title and Author: What's it gonna be? by Cassandra Piat
No. of Pages: 472
Publication Date: December 2014
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Indie Author, Debut, Beach Read
Language: English

Book Review:
Set on the small island country of Mauritius, What's it gonna be? by Cassandra Piat is the story of Lucy who has been in a relationship with Matt for four years. Madly in love, she is ready to take the next step but Matt never commits! 
Is Lucy and Matt destined to be together or will they just drift apart?

I loved the cover of the book and it's unconventional title that made me go and checkout the blurb. Promising a funny, witty and entertaining story, I was not led down by this book.

The plot is simple and straightforward but still the author managed to keep me hooked and interested in the story right till the end. Every time I thought that I knew what would happen next, I was shocked to see the story take an unexpected turn!

The story unfolds like a diary and Lucy is an entertaining narrator. Her misadventures had me laughing and then visualizing her as she navigated through her chaotic life.

The characters are well developed. I loved following Lucy who is funny, loyal and yet somewhat absentminded and lazy. Reigning in chaos, her home and office is always a mess but hey! It's her mess! She loves Matt who is charming and handsome and they complement each other but still who is afraid of the M word. Frightened that she is growing old and her biological clock is ticking, Lucy wants a family with children but is frustrated by her boyfriend's reluctance. I enjoyed watching these two together but often wanted to smack Matt to get some sense into him. Then later I wanted to smack Lucy when she kept pining for him despite having a new and very endearing boyfriend, Jake.

I loved Jake. He leaped out to me even better than Matt. He is everything a woman wants in her man. He is handsome, caring, loyal and protective and ready to take risks. I felt somewhat sorry for him because of the whole Lucy-Matt angle. Poor him!

Olivia, Lucy's best friend, is another great character and through her, the author gives a very interesting character study. She shows how even a strong, independent woman is ready to bow down and make unbelievable compromises in her life and self esteem just for love. I wanted to see what happened to her in the end but the story ends abruptly with no closure to her life which left me feeling dissatisfied.

Lucy's another friend, Vic and her husband, Sam are also given ample limelight in the book and through them the author gives us an insight into a couple who have been married for over a decade with three children. Their struggles to keep their marriage and the events that give them their happily-ever-after were both funny and then endearing. I loved watching Vic brave all odds to keep her family and love alive, even if it meant having to enact some very elaborate plans! LOL 

While the characters are well played, the events well planned and situations varying from hilarious, funny, saddening to romantic, the major drawback that I felt in the story was the length. The story could have been trimmed and made more cohesive and way shorter without affecting the storyline because despite being so long, several angles like Olivia's and Jake's are felt unfinished. I wanted to read more about these characters.

Cassandra's writing style is engaging and she managed to make me laugh, cry and then visualize the beauty of Mauritius right from its quaint shops to the mesmerizing beaches. She is a promising author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

All in all, What's it gonna be? is a fun, entertaining and light romantic read that is a great beach read. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of romance who also love a bit of chick lit and comedy.

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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