Scot on the Rocks – Brenda Janowitz

Title: Scot On The Rocks
Author: Brenda Janowitz
ISBN: 0373895283
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Genre: Chick Lit
Series: Prequel to Jack With A Twist
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

When her ex-boyfriend, Trip, gets engaged to Hollywood’s latest It Girl, Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller plans to attend the wedding. Who says a modern girl can’t stay friends with her ex? Besides, Brooke’s got her sexy Scottish fiance, Douglas, to take as her date. Okay, so maybe he’s not exactly her fiance, but they’re living together in his apartment, so she’ll be getting the ring any minute, right?


After a fight leaves her without a boyfriend (much less a fiance) just days before the wedding, Brooke faces the ultimate humiliation of attending her ex-boyfriend’s nuptials alone. Desperate to find a replacement to fill Douglas’s kilt, Brooke concocts an outrageous plan to survive the wedding and win the man of her dreams, all with her dignity ever-so-slightly intact.

I’ve read a lot of reviews of Scot On The Rocks and they all gushed about how wonderful this book was, so I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile. When Brenda Janowitz released the sequel, Jack With A Twist recently, I managed to get my grubby little fingers on it without even having read Scot On The Rocks. I decided it was about time to pick up this book, and I’m glad I did.

Scot On The Rocks is funny and charming. I’d say it was quirky, except it’s not – it’s more on the “completely insane” end of the spectrum, but in a good way. Brooke watches her situation spiral more and more out of control, and it’s hilarious to read about her running around frantically, trying to regain some semblance of command over her life. Of course, there is always the question of why she didn’t just tell her ex-boyfriend that her fiance wasn’t able to make it to the wedding, and that she was bringing a different date, but if she had done that we wouldn’t have this lovely book, so I’ll put that question on the back burner.

Janowitz is also a pro at making her characters likable. I really enjoyed reading about Brooke; she was written well enough to seem like a crazy friend, rather than a character in a book I just picked up. I can imagine sitting with Brooke over drinks, listening to her relate the crazy story of her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. It’s a great talent which makes me look very forward to reading the author’s books in the future.

The one thing I wish is that we had gotten more than that brief glimpse of Brooke’s life with Douglas. Though I was able to form a solid (and negative) opinion of him through the course of the book, I didn’t know much about their relationship when they broke up.

As I said before, I have Jack With A Twist sitting on my shelf right now, and I’m looking forward to continuing Brenda’s story. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of chick lit, or anyone looking for a light, fun read.


  1. This book sounds like a lot of fun. I sure do get a lot of good chick lit suggestions from you.

  2. I’m glad you liked this book. I agree, her idea was insane, but you can understand why she did what she did. It was a funny way of showing how stressful it can be show to up at an ex’s wedding without a date.

    I can’t wait for you to read Jack with a Twist to find out what happens next.

  3. This does sound fun — thanks for the review.

  4. I read this book last year. I don’t think I liked it as much as you did. I kind of burned myself out on the RDI books. But it was enjoyable. Nice review.

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