Sweatpants at Tiffanie’s by Pernille Hughes | ARC Review

My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!

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Disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review. I wasn’t compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions are completely my own!

This book is scheduled to be released on the 3rd of August 2018!


Tiffanie Trent is settled in her life with her boyfriend of 10 years, Gavin. So, when he dumps her at the restaurant where they went to celebrate their milestone anniversary, Tiff feels the rug being pulled out from under her. Gavin is leaving town for 2 weeks, conveniently the very next day, so just one more night together and then he’ll be out of Tiff’s hair, so she can pack up and leave in peace. Because yes, this catch of a man is not only kicking her to the curb, he’s also kicking her out. So much for being an English gentleman.

How does Tiff deal with this? She immediately thinks of ways to get back the lovely Gav. Desperate times and all that, makes Tiff decide that the best way to re-kindle their love is to have another romp in the sack. The next morning Tiff wakes up, alone, and finds a note on his side of the bed:

Didn’t we go out with a bang?

That was the perfect closure.

Thanks and all the best.

Gavin.

Definitely a keeper, no?

Within the same week, Tiff finds her boss and friend, Blackie, dead. The funeral places her face to face with her first love, a world champion boxer, Mike “The Assassin” Fellner. The reunion is neither sweet nor heartfelt. Actually, Tiff exercises her lunge capacity when she tells yells at him and informs him of what’s what. And how he’s unwelcome in her life and gym. Yes, Blackie surprisingly left his gym and money to Tiff. In doing so, he bypassed his employee, ex-wife and stepson. As you can probably imagine, that doesn’t go down too well.

It turns out that Tiff had suggested that Blackie turned the boxing club into a unisex gym. A fancy one with a bar, classes etc. He hadn’t wanted to go for it, but now she has the chance to do it, and she feels she has his blessing since he knew of her ideas and left it all to her. Tiff sets out to make the changes and in doing so, she’s slowly but steady finding herself again.


 

Pernille have given Tiff such a funny and snarky vocabulary, which is hard not to appreciate. Seriously, the dry British humour is through the roof.

She’d been up and down like a tart’s knickers

Personal note: I need to start using this phrase more often!

On top of that, she is very much a poster girl for any “how-to-get-your-confidence-back-after-a-break-up” self help book. But despite the humour, I did have my ups and downs with this leading lady. I really HATE when characters have falling outs, just because they’re “too afraid” to be honest. Because of the clear motivational factor in this book, I didn’t expect this to be an issue. How WRONG I was, because it’s what causes the majority of problems.

I think I found it particularly frustrating, because Tiff creates almost all the problems herself.

  • When someone threatens her, she doesn’t tell anyone. – seriously, why?
  • When she receives weird phone calls and mail, she doesn’t tell anyone. – again, why?
  • When a certain someone asks for advise for the future, she pushes him away.sigh.
  • When a certain someone asks her not to go out with her ex, she does exactly thatI’m sorry, how old are you again?

I don’t think anyone expects any 27 year old to have all the answers, that wouldn’t be fair. But throwing teenage like tantrums and taking ridiculous stands, just to cross people. That’s a little too immature for my liking. At times it even felt like Tiff WANTS to be the victim. Like it’s easier to nurse a broken heart, than telling people how you feel.

I do understand the whole “woman on a mission”, and I’ll admit that it is somewhat cool and empowering. But I seriously dislike when characters create more problems for themselves, just because they don’t want to speak their mind – and then to top it off, acts like a victim. This is not Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this is Tiffanie and Denial. Tiffanie strives on denial. So much so, that it’s spelled with a capital D in most of the book. I don’t think that’s a mistake, I think Pernille honestly gave Tiffanie Denial as a companion. If she’d given her the ability to laugh at herself instead, I would have enjoyed that a lot more.

Personally, I’m over the moon with all the other characters! It’s almost like they’re divided into categories of “helpers” and “opponents”. There’s not really any room for being in the middle. It’s very “either you’re with me or against me”. Now, in the interest of being fair I should mention, that’s not Tiff’s doing. Actually, it’s thanks to the dead guy. His loyal coach and ex-family are not ready to help Tiff achieve her dream, they’re more into seeing her fail.

On team Tiff we have Mike, Shelby & Natalie. Mike the swoon worthy “Assassin” does take a lot of heat from Tiff, and for whatever reason, he’s putting up with it. He’s not the most interesting character, but there’ something about him! Natalie is Tiff’s protege. While rebuilding her own confidence, she helps Nat finding hers.

But who’s over the top interesting, is Tiff’s BFF Shelby. I adore her! She’s like a no-nonsense taking nympho.

 


 

If it hadn’t been for the humour and secondary characters (seriously, I love Tiff’s friends), I would probably have rated this book at 3 or maybe even 2 hearts. Because Tiff’s tantrums and reality twists are not worth more than that. However, the remaining characters totally saved the day. If I used the “half” system, I would have given this book 4.5 hearts. But as I don’t, I’ll give it 4.

 


 

Have you read this book? Or any other romcom’s like it? Comment and let me know.

 

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