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23 August 2015

Review: 'The Piano Man Project' by Kat French (2015)

You: kind, piano-playing sex god

Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

Out of all of the new authors I was introduced to last year, Kat French has to be one of my favourites. I straight away fell in love with her writing style when I read and reviewed her novel ‘Undertaking Love’ (click here to read my review) and had been looking forward to her latest release ‘The Piano Man Project’ (which was released on the 30th of July by Avon) for quite some time. I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for the book (click here to read my blog post), but unfortunately the review copy arrived a bit too late for me to include my review. So, today I’m really excited to share my review of the book with all of you, and I’m happy to say Kat French’s newest release definitely did not disappoint!

Honeysuckle Jones, known to her friends as Honey, loves her job running a charity shop that is part of a local care home for the elderly. When Honey’s best friends Nell and Tash suddenly discover their friend has never had an orgasm in her life, they decide it’s time for action. They go on a search to find the perfect man to help with Honey’s problem, preferably one who is good with his hands, such as a pianist. However, Honey has more than enough to keep her busy without her friends’ good intentions added to it. Not only is the elderly home, and therefore the charity shop she works at, about to be closed down, she also has a new neighbour in the form of Hal, who is grumpy and arrogant, but intriguing at the same time. Honey has no idea what her future is going to look like; will she be able to save her job and will she find a suitable piano man to have some fun with…?

Another great romantic comedy read from Kat French, whose writing style I’m falling more and more in love with! ‘The Piano Man Project’ is one of those reads I already was excited about picking up for months and as soon as I started reading I didn’t want to stop. I immediately liked the protagonist, Honey, and the wonderful group of secondary characters. Just like in her other novel 'Undertaking Love', Kat French knows how to create a convincing cast of characters which I couldn't help but warm to and want to know more about. My personal favourites in this novel have to be the residents from the care home; the two sisters Mimi and Lucille, and old charmer Bill, who really added his own special touch to the story.

The novel focuses mainly on Honey, but there are several things going on in her life which separated the main storyline into an entertaining mix of topics, such as the upcoming closure of the care home, family issues for Mimi and Lucille, the search for a piano man for Honey, and Honey's new mysterious neighbour Hal. While I had to get used to Hal at first (he's really moody and quite arrogant), the chemistry between him and Honey just sparked off the pages and I couldn't help but develop a soft spot for him. This book as a whole just left me with a big smile on my face and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. As the description on the book cover already says, this is a perfect read for fans of authors such as Paige Toon, Lucy Diamond and Giovanna Fletcher. 'The Piano Man Project' is an uplifting, light-hearted, fun romantic comedy read which I couldn't get enough of and a novel I'd like to highly recommend to any chick lit fan out there!
For more information about this book: / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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