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Reviewed by Elizabeth Butts for Readers' Favorite
Peri is in a mid-twenties crisis. The guy she thought was a maybe for real boyfriend turned out to be a secret office supply closet fling, with no intention of being anything more. The job she used to like now sucks big time because she is now the person directly responsible for monitoring her co-workers' work and letting the higher-ups know when someone is falling behind. Oh, and then there is the childhood home she bought out of feelings of nostalgia, only to find out it is close to falling down around her. She decided, with her best friend Elsa's help, that it was time to make a change. It was time to become New Peri. New Peri wouldn't eat potato chips for breakfast. She would put herself first in a relationship. She would not let the childhood home collapse.
The second item on that list didn't go so well, and she finds herself in a sort of business version of the 'time out.' She meets her bestie's prodigal brother, Milo, at the grand re-opening of the local restaurant where he is the new head chef. Enter the sparks that proverbially fly. But he is off limits, he would be the epitome of going from the frying pan into the fire. And that small nuisance of being her BFF's brother (who said BFF loathed)? A minor point.
Cat Lavoie created a fun story in Peri in Progress that had me laughing when I snuck in book time during my lunch break. I thoroughly enjoyed every second I read Peri in Progress, and highly recommend it. It is a special author who can take her readers on a crazy roller coaster of emotions with her writing, and Cat nailed it. You will find yourself laughing throughout the entire book, and cheering on Peri and Milo as they move tentatively through the early stages of their relationship. There will be times when you will have tears in your eyes, and more than once there will be a swoon. There's a new book boyfriend in town, and his name is Milo.