Friday, June 13, 2014

Let's Talk About Love Baby {Giveaway}

Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out at Night by Shelly Lowenkopf
: June 6, 2014 by White Whisker Books
I tend not to read a ton of short story collections. I wouldn't really consider myself a huge fan of them, yet overall when I do read them I tend to enjoy them. I think my biggest issue with them is a want a book I can sit down and continue to read chapter after chapter, and with these collections you really want to sit back and reflect after each story.

Why then was I so eager to read these stories? I was intrigued by the fact that each story took place in Santa Barbara. For most of high school I wanted to go to UCSB, and it wasn't till my senior year I changed my mind and set my eye on the east coast. But I still have a soft spot for Santa Barbara and was excited to get there in these stories. Except I was a bit disappointed in these stories, but Santa Barbara wasn't really a factor. Most of these stories could easily take place in any other city and it wouldn't change a think. In fact most times Santa Barbara was never even mentioned in a story, so it could have been anywhere.

Instead the unifying theme for all these was really love or relationships, from the start of a friendship to the end of the love affair to the love for a future child to even the feelings between man and dog. The title for the collection is actually the name of one of the short stories inside. But even so I think it's perfect to encapsulate all the stories within it's pages.

With any collection like this it makes sense that you have highs and lows, and there definitely were here. I especially enjoyed Between the Acts, and found The Ability to be my favorite. All of these stories do feel very smart, and with some I think details went over my head. But even so I found the ride to be overall enjoyable.


If you're ready for love, I have a copy waiting for you to read it! Winners with have the choice of print (US & Canada Only) or ebook. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.
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Disclosure: I was provided this book through Virtual Author Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I need something to read to keep my busy (:

  2. I can never get into short stories. I just can't handle them.

  3. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you found the stories enjoyable.

  4. This book interests me greatly. Certainly unique. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Oh no. I'm neither in the US nor in Canada :( R U S S

  6. oooh.. This sounds interesting. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)