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Title: No Funny Business
Author: Amanda Aksel
Publication Date: July 12, 2022
Page Count: 336
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
Two down-on-their-luck comedians embark on a road tour and find more than a few good laughs on the way.
Olivia Vincent dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. Bustling around a busy Manhattan office by day and hustling from club to club by night, she can’t catch a break. Work is falling through the cracks, and after ditching a major client to make a performance, Olivia gets the boot.
Determined to pursue her dreams, she snags an audition in Los Angeles for a coveted spot on late-night TV. But the only way to get there is to join seasoned stand-up Nick Leto on a cross-country road tour. She agrees on one condition—no funny business.
Icky comedy condos, tiny smoking nightclubs, and Nick’s incessant classic rock radio are a far cry from life on the Upper East Side. Reality sets in, and Olivia wonders if she can hack it in showbiz or if she’s just a hack. As Nick helps Olivia improve her act along the way, sparks begin to fly and ignite what they thought was an impossible flame. Maybe being stuck with Nick in a Jeep isn’t so bad. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of Olivia’s actual funny business.
No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel is a romance novel that falls in the romantic comedy genre. The story in No Funny Business is a standalone that follows a protagonist finding her way in life just as much as in love.
Olivia Vincent has always had dreams of becoming a big name comedian but after her father’s lecture on stability she got a law degree as a back up. Olivia isn’t happy in her career as a lawyer though finding the day to day tedious and only looks forward to nights after work when she can take the stage.
When Olivia’s boss calls her in and points out she isn’t doing that great of a job Olivia takes that as a sign to put her stand up at the forefront and try to make it full time. When offered a spot on fellow comedian Nick Leto’s tour Olivia jumps at the chance but didn’t expect to be in such close quarters traveling with the star.
No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel is the type of romantic comedy that is going to have an audience that loves it but unfortunately I didn’t find myself being one that did. There were certainly times I did laugh during this story but as odd as it sounds I was turned off pretty early when it came to the relationship when learning Nick smoked and Olivia hated that fact. Of course the author reminded the reader of this fact repeatedly so I couldn’t figure out how I was supposed to root for them…? Oh well, just not up my alley this time around.
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About the author:
Amanda Aksel loves anything that’s smart, sexy, and funny. She’s the author of Delia Suits Up, The Marin Test Series and The Londonaire Brothers Series. You’ll often You’ll often find her writing novels about fabulous, independent heroines, pretending to be Sara Bareilles at the piano, watching reruns of Sex and the City, or sprinkling a little too much feta on her salad.
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