Title: Easy on the Eyes
Author: Jane Porter
Release Date: July 22, 2009
Publisher: 5 Spot
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tina desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tina is getting the message that her age is starting to show and certain measures must be taken if she wants to remain in the spotlight. It doesn’t help that at every turn she has to deal with her adversary–the devilishly handsome, plastic surgeon to the stars, Michael Sullivan. But a trip away from the Hollywood madness has consequences that could affect the rest of her life.
I am a big fan of Jane Porter’s chick lit novels. I haven’t read her romances, but her chick lit books are fun and easy to read. Though they are generally longer than other books of this genre, the pages fly by as the reader becomes more and more engrossed in the storyline and the wonderful characters. Easy on the Eyes was no exception; I found it to be a great, light summer read but was also surprised by its depth.
I really liked the character of Tiana. I feel like Jane Porter’s strong point is writing sympathetic and completely endearing female protagonists for her novels. I have never failed to become utterly captivated by her main characters and wholly engrossed in their stories. They become like good friends; I am always sad to leave them at the end of the novels. Tiana is a strong woman who has worked very hard to get where she is. However, she has also lost a lot and is more vulnerable than she appears. I liked the comparison between the Tiana the world sees on TV and the Tiana she is in her private life. In some ways, we all wear masks to the world, sheltering what we believe are the worst parts of ourselves. It was sad that so few people got to see the real Tiana because she was easy to love.
My favorite part of Easy on the Eyes were the real-world experiences of Tiana’s journalism. I absolutely loved the plastic surgery discussion – the pressure people in the entertainment industry must feel to look “perfect,” especially aging women, is a real problem. I admired Tiana for taking a stand on plastic surgery, but I also was happy to see that she was aware enough to try and understand both sides of the issue. She really was a woman of integrity, but she was also very smart.
I highly recommend Easy on the Eyes, though you should definitely read Porter’s books in order – Odd Mom Out [review], Mrs. Perfect [review], and then Easy on the Eyes. Reading them in any other order will ruin the endings of the previous books, since they share common characters!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!