Title: Izzy As Is
Author: Tracie Banister
Pub. Date: 1/24/2018
Genre: Chick Lit / Romance
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?
My Review: 5/5
When I first started reading Izzy, I wasn’t too sure about the character. I mean, she makes a living as a SWIMSUIT model, has a perfect body, and looks out for numero uno. When she learns it is going to be difficult to land an assignment because she is getting older, she takes on a new job: finding a rich man and become a career trophy wife. I was so skeptical. I kept thinking, am I really going to enjoy reading about an apparently selfish, immature girl who only cares about money? Well, the simple answer to that question is: YES!
Izzy is not only all of the above, but she also has a heart of gold. I grew to absolutely LOVE this character. On top of being pure-hearted, she is also a genuine friend, and hilarious. I was laughing throughout the book and could not wait to see what happened next.
Tracie Bannister did a superb job of transporting us to Miami, sipping mojitos on the patio. I think a trip to South Beach is in my near future!
While the love story aspect was a little predictable for me, it did not change the absolute delight of the journey. It was a light-hearted, fun read that I highly recommend to any lover of chick-lit.