BOOK REVIEW: Tom Collins
by Douglas Vigliotti
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
What if that person from the bar—you know, the one you just slept with—turns out to be your boss’s spouse?
When soul-searching Christian meets Liv, stars align and her green eyes burn a hole straight through him. Their playful attraction quickly escalates into something much more. But Liv has a little more to her story—one that will turn his life upside down and entangle him in a predicament for the ages. She’s married to his new boss.
With a dash of dark humor, the story ensues and things begin to heat up. A ball-busting buddy tries to save Christian from himself, but a work event places everyone together on a weekend trip to Golden Beach, FL. As tension builds, his work nemesis, knack for late-night partying, and (most importantly) Liv don’t make things any easier. Christian begins to question everything he thought he knew. It’s not until he stumbles upon a mysterious aging rock star that he starts to see things a bit differently. And sometimes, the way you look at something can change everything.
Tom Collins is more than an edgy, sexy story of lust, attraction, and infidelity. It’s about how our lives come to be and what shapes us along the way.
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I was a given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Here it is…
I noticed on Amazon that one of the genres listed for this book is “Absurdist Fiction.” I have never heard of that genre before! So I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, absurdist fiction is:
a genre…that focuses on the experiences of characters in situations where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events that call into question the certainty of existential concepts such as truth or value.
Hmmm…I guess that might fit. The author (who I interviewed on my blog earlier this week) described it to me as Contemporary Fiction, and I agree with that.
There is so much conflict in Tom Collins! I found myself torn all the way through it. Did I want Christian and Liv to end up together (despite the fact that she had cheated on her husband) or did I want Liv to stay in her broken marriage and fix things with her husband? In the end, there was no way for the story to end without someone getting hurt.
I really enjoyed the story. I wish there was a happier ending, but such is life. And that’s kind of the point. Real life doesn’t typically end like a RomCom, unfortunately.