Tuesday, 2 February 2016

J A Heron - GirlsQuad (A Best of Friends Series, #1)

*Contains adult themes (stalking) and illness triggers
**Review by Stacey & Susan

They say, ‘opposites attract’.
Some would disagree, but these four women couldn’t be more different if they tried.
These best friends have different lives, different aspirations and different outlooks on life and the way it should be.
However, they do share a few common denominators – they all work together. Every day, they earn their living by working in a hair and beauty salon, where fun is the top style of the day.
They also live in the same little village; quiet, peaceful and where not a lot happens.
They’re all feisty and love each other fiercely.

This lady is sweet, kind and extremely loving. At thirty-nine years old, she is still looking for love and hopes to find the love of her life and have children before it’s too late. She’s the salon owner, a business woman and everyone adores her.

A feisty and fun loving forty-three year old. The oldest of the group is married to her soul mate and has three children. She’s not one for mincing her words or holding back on her opinions.

At twenty-seven, this lady is known as the serial man-eater. Her lifestyle frustrates the rest of the group, but they love her even though she spends her weekends with a different man in her bed. She believes in sex without strings or commitment.

The baby of the group. This nineteen year old is a little ditzy, crazy and loves easily. She has a way of making the rest of the group laugh without even trying. Her comments and attitude towards life is innocent and admirable.

Follow these ladies through a journey that’s packed with fun, happiness and heartache. This story will leave you smiling, feeling happy and grateful for the life you have. GirlsQuad is coming for you, and you will be able to relate to at least one of these characters, if not all of them. Everyone has a friend like Clarissa, Brenda, Carla or Davina.
What is the most important thing in life? The answer is friendship.

This is the first book I have read from J A Heron so I didn't know what to expect, though I do know she also writes gritty novels but this is completely different!

It is centred around the friendship of Clarissa (salon owner), Brenda, Carla, and Davina - best friends and also colleagues. They are all totally different characters but that's what makes them gel and get along wonderfully. I loved the banter between them and J A had me in stitches more than once, especially with Davina who is just a little bit ditzy!

There are also some serious elements to the story though such as stalking and terminal illness, but although most of the writing is light-hearted, these issues fit within the story well. Coming to that, J A also had me in tears towards the end of the book as the characters are totally relatable to real life and you can gather some understanding from the writing.

I liked the dual POV throughout the story though it was a bit confusing at a couple of points when it went back to things that had already happened, though it was relaying events from another character POV.

All in all, a really enjoyable first read from J A Heron but I will warn it does end on a cliffhanger and I'm dying to read part 2! 4.5 stars from me.

"Life's too short for regrets, what if's and maybe's. We only get one life and if you want to try something, do it. Don't spend your life pretending that you know shit, when the fact is, you shouldn't knock something until you try it."

When I heard that J A Heron was doing Romantic Comedy I didn't know what to expect if I'm honest, especially since I fell head over heels with her darker books. 

But GirlsQuad blew me away. From the jaw aching grinning and laughter to the tear inducing lows in this story there truly is never a dull moment.  

The group of girls - four to be precise the Quad (get it?! I just know poor Davina would struggle with it!) consist of Brenda, Carla, Davina and Clarrisa. What a bunch this lot are!!

But honestly - I can only describe it as a truly brilliant mix of Sex and the City and Friends. The witty banter, sex chatter, hilarity and sometimes ditzy comments from poor Davina, I promise will entertain you. But truthfully, it's all about friendship. In fact, deeper than that...sisterhood! 

Each of the girls has their side of the story to tell, but wow, what an incredible start to this series. I am beyond excited to see where this brilliant lady takes these books and I'm already stocking up on tissues as I know I'll need them!  

A five star must read!

Excerpt that I think says it all...
"I may not love a man, but I love these girls like they are family. They are my family and they mean everything to me."

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Get your copy of GirlsQuad here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

We were sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.

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