Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology by Whitney Dineen, Aven Ellis, et al
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Pages: 359 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
This is a cute collection of romantic comedy novellas. All the stories are a fun read, but in my humble opinion, as a huge fan of romantic comedy, one story in particular is truly outstanding, and it alone is worth the very reasonable price of the book, which I bought in Kindle format:
GOING UP? by Whitney Dineen
Fiona Kitchen moves to the Big Apple to expand her spa business to a new and more prosperous location, but instead of making the contacts that lead to fulfilling her dream, she ends up running all over New York with her portable massage table offering at-home massages to grumpy customers until the day the ultimate in bad customers, a rude old lady in a ritzy apartment building, tops off her dismissive attitude toward Fiona throughout the massage by refusing to pay her. The only silver lining of that rock-bottom moment comes when she's offered a job in that same posh building as an elevator operator. The pay is good, but she's forced to wear a bizarre uniform like something out of a 1950's movie. Her life gets increasingly complicated when she begins to fall in a big way for a gorgeous handyman updating the penthouse apartment in the building, and her life may actually be in danger when a notorious mob boss makes her an offer she can't refuse--to give him a massage in a huge, dilapidated warehouse he owns on the wrong side of town.
This story is an absolutely hilarious, chick-lit type romance. I laughed out loud numerous times. I loved the heroine, got a real kick out of her quirky mother and grandmother, and the mob boss turned out to be a huge comic surprise in the plot. The hero is both sexy and adorable and a great match for the wise-cracking heroine.
I rate this story as follows:
Romance Plot: 5
Chick Lit Plot: 5