I 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!