clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.
by Lisa Becker
October 15, 2015
Lisa Becker’s Click series was a fun introduction into fictional adult relationship hurdles. Now with Clutch, the author has continued writing even more about those same problems, kind of like a dating 101 class.
Clutch, as a title, makes more sense when you realize that the main character of this story is Caroline, a designer of purses. She owns her own business and even went to Harvard business college to get her masters in order to be able to run it. While at Harvard, she meet Mike on her first day. He’s from old money, and he doesn’t care a thing for it. He and Caroline become best friends. When it’s time for Mike to move to LA to realize his goal of running/owning a top notch bar, she decides to move there too, as just friends.
I enjoyed Mike as a character. He has charisma flowing from his pores, attracts women like flies, and is witty as the day is long. Caroline is the epitomy of a southern belle, one that has brains, beauty, and style, as well. The story that follows is the journey that Caroline takes to find her Mr. Right, with Mike as her cheerleader, of sorts. While this is happening, Mike is dating anything in skirts, including most of Caroline’s friends.
This book/novella(140 pages) is short and very easily read. As with the Click series, Becker writes good characters, with great, witty dialogue. Mike and Caroline talking together was reminiscent of the Click characters and their fun email conversations-which just happens to be my favorite part of the Click books, so it a was very welcome addition here. Caroline’s dates were all different types of men, so it made each relationship unique. Unique, but not necessarily good.
Clutch was a light, fun read with an ending I saw coming a mile away, and that was perfectly fine. Recommended to adult contemporary romance readers.
The review copy of Clutch was supplied by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Lisa Becker
Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired the Click Trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. he books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” Her newest book, clutch: a novel is due for release October 2015. She’s also written bylined articles about dating and relationships for “Cupid’s Pulse,” “The Perfect Soulmate,” “GalTime,” “Single Edition,” “Healthy B Daily” and “Chick Lit Central” among others. To learn more, visit www.lisawbecker.com.