Title: Holding out for a Hero
Author: Victoria Van Tiem
Publish Date: January 14, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Their love survived the 80s. She wished she hadn't.
A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80's soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies...
London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now,
in the 21st Century, she's completely falling apart... Her New York City
fashion sensibility is more 'vintage tragedy' than 'retro babe' and
might just be what's holding her back in all matters of life and love...
least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a
#80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do
you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past? Between
her dreaded birthday party, friend's madcap ambush, and being forced to
relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby's nearing the end of the
rope... If her therapist isn't quick, it could be a literal one."
My Two Cents:
Libby London is a vintage clothes store owner who is happy living life stuck in the eighties. She has the clothes and gigantic hair to show it! After her latest relationship fails and her store is in danger of being no more, her friends decide that Libby can't hide in the past any longer and they stage an intervention, which involves changing everything from clothes to Libby's general life outlook. It's a heavy task but someone has to do it!
I had really enjoyed Van Tiem's previous release, "Love Like the Movies" and so I was looking forward to reading this book. It took me a little while to warm up to Libby at first as I couldn't understand her motivation for wanting to stay stuck when she had the power to change things for herself and things just weren't working out for her. Eventually as Libby's story unfolds and we learn about all of the things that she has had to deal with, I warmed up to her and the story flowed a bit better for me. It just takes a bit to get there!
The writing was good. I really liked how each chapter of the book was named after a 80s song or movie, which gave a flavor to the chapter. Although I was born in the 80s (1985!), I don't really remember the 80s but I love the music and movies that came out then (Hello, Brat Pack!) so I found the title as well as the other 80s details that the author included to be a lot of fun.
Overall, this was a good romance with a lot of fun details!