Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: MIRA (July 25, 2017)
In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex.
Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.
With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.
Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop’s best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out—strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can’t figure out what to hang on to…and what to let go.
“The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is the Cupcake Wars meets The Bloggess. Readers who love hilarious, bawdy humor with a heaping dose of swoon will adore Summer Heacock’s special debut!” -Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Simplicity of Cider
“Reading The Awkward Path To Getting Lucky is like hanging out with your smartest, funniest, most thoughtful and all-round favorite girlfriend. If you’re the kind of intelligent, complicated woman who Leans In at work but watches The Bachelor at home, who does yoga Saturday morning and drinks margaritas Saturday night, who can stand on her own but still wants to be swept off her feet, then this is the comfort read for you.” -Gemma Burgess, author of the Brooklyn Girls series
“Lighthearted and entertaining, Summer Heacock’s debut, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, is full of voice and a cast of characters that are side-splitting funny. Between the shenanigans and drool-worthy cupcake descriptions is a modern day exploration of one woman’s quest for happily ever after. — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make
I absolutely understand the frequent comparisons to Jenny Lawson because Summer Heacock made me spit up my drink laughing on multiple occasions while reading The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky. This is absolutely my favorite chick lit book I’ve read in eons, and I simply have to gush over a few things, if you’ll pardon my enthusiasm.
Kat is my new favorite female mc in a contemporary novel and she’s deliciously flawed and sarcastic, basically we would be best friends the first time we met.
Did I mention cupcakes? Between that and copious uses of vagina, I really think this is the next best thing if you don’t have a girlfriend who is obtuse and snarky but deep down wants to just be loved and know what that even means.
In a bizarre string of increasingly flabbergasting encounters with various characters, but especially Ben Cleary, things get disastrous in no time. I really appreciated the author’s not shying away from course language and realistic reactions, overreactions, and second guessing said actions and reactions. It’s so refreshing to read a book that doesn’t hold anything back for fear of being improper or politically incorrect.
And oh my stars I absolutely loved Butter and the fact that her bisexuality was very well known but not a cliche for the most part, nor did any of the other characters pat themselves on the back for having a bi friend. Kudos to you Miss Heacock! Also I love your using so many puns, some more subtle than others.
If you like to read books that make you pee yourself laughing so hard, with hilarious banter, baking shenanigans, flawed characters trying to navigate the weirdness of being in (or nearly in) your thirties, this will be a book for you to devour! It’s fairly quick considering it’s size, and there weren’t any odd stalls or lack of transitions.
This is by far one of the best women’s fic picks of the year and I encourage you to run to the bookstore and pick it up now! Just lick the glitter dust off your neck first, or enlist a friend for help.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Mira and TLC Books for the review opportunity!