Title: Love, Inc.
Author: Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways. Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc. [via GoodReads]
Imagine finding out that your boyfriend, Rico, not only has one other girlfriend - but two. Syd is dating “Eric”, Kali goes out with “Rick" but in the end, they are all Zahra's Rico. What I found funny about the whole thing was how eclectic Rico's tastes were. Each girl was the total opposite of each other, yet somehow they strike a friendship and create Love, Inc.
I think the Collins / Rideout team did a fabulous job in Zahra (our narrator). She's down to earth, smart, funny and her friends Syd and Kali are just as likeable. The way they handle their peers' love troubles are witty and clever and more than once had me laughing out loud. Aside from the lighter feel to the story, there were also some serious topics that were touched upon like growing up with divorced parents, the importance of friendships, accepting oneself, etc.
All in all, this was a very charming, fun and satisfying read.