Book review: ‘Scot On The Rocks’ by Brenda Janowitz

scot_on_rocksI know I’ve been terrible about this lately, but the cover of Brenda Janowitz’s Scot On The Rocks once again enticed me into reading it the other day! The cool blue caught my eye. Plus, as I’ve got weddings on the brain lately, I figured this would be a good mid-week read.

What happens? When Brooke Miller gets an invite from her college sweetheart to attend the wedding of the season in L.A. — his own — she hardly misses a beat when announcing to Trip that she, too, is engaged — to a hot Scot named Douglas. The only trouble there? Douglas recently ended their two-year relationship and is “engaged” to another woman.

But those are minor details New York power attorney Brooke can handle — especially with good friends Vanessa and Jack there as her willing accomplices. With a bizarre plan to still have “Douglas” attend the wedding (in a kilt, no less) and keep Brooke’s “dignity ever-so-slightly” intact, what we get is a rolling ride through law offices, bars and celebrity hang-outs.

What really won me over on Janowitz’s novel was the crisp, realistic dialogue. It didn’t feel stilted and fabricated like so many “chick lit” novels. We didn’t have to hear ad nauseum about the delicious, awesome name brand clothes the characters were wearing, and yet we knew they were hip and stylish. We didn’t have to be told all about Brooke’s obsessive attempts at controlling the rapidly deteriorating situation with Douglas and Jack — we were shown all of that. In short, Janowitz did an outstanding job of what separates a “good” book from a “great” book for me — showing and not telling.

As someone who’s not terribly interested in the law reading a book about an entire set of lawyers, some of the law jargon and case information did get a bit boring for me. But I was able to breeze past that and stay in the moment of the story. Like S. Krishna, I also wish that readers were able to get a little bit more information concerning Brooke’s rocky relationship with Douglas, but it didn’t bother me too much. All in all, a well-written and fun adventure you can easily enjoy in a weekend.


4 out of 5!

ISBN: 0373895283 ♥ Purchase from AmazonAuthor Blog
Personal copy won from S. Krishna’s Books

6 thoughts on “Book review: ‘Scot On The Rocks’ by Brenda Janowitz

  1. I like your review, but I have avoided this series. There is just something about the whole thing that turns me off…and I have no clue what it is. I’m truly weird that way.

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  2. I thought it was a good book, for chick lit. There are some really laugh out loud moments. I also reviewed this book. Stop by and give it a look and while you’re there enter my contest for Sundays at Tiffany’s untilo Jan 28th. Thanks

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  3. I loved this book, I just finished it yesterday. I picked it up after I read a short story on the website (Red Dress Ink) that was pretty much an epilogue after the whole thing (there’s another book after this one.) And the short story was so interesting that I had to order another book by this author, and was pleasantly surprised. Are you going to check out the other book and the short story online?

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  4. Hi Dollie! I actually have Jack With A Twist waiting in my TBR stack, but I didn’t know anything about a short story! I’ll definitely check it out. 🙂

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