Rating: 4 out of 5
Secrets of a Shoe Addict is Beth Harbison's 2008 sequel to Shoe Addicts Anonymous. While Sandra and her friends began the series with a meetup group for female shopaholics, it's Sandra's sister Tiffany's turn to get a group of women out of financial trouble.
During a chaotic PTA trip to Vegas, Tiffany accidentally purchases thousands of dollars worth of clothes, while her friends run into money mayhem of their own--Loreen by inadvertently hiring a male prostitute and Abbey by being blackmailed by an ex-boyfriend fresh out of prison.
For those who read Shoe Addicts Anonymous, their solution is unsurprising: Sandra reveals that her previous job as a sex operator was a great way to earn cash fast, so the women decide to create an adult phone service called "Happy Housewives" to get them out of debt.
This book was an excellent sequel; it was funny, outlandish, and not shy at all regarding the dirty talk. As I've said before, I only wish there were multiple readers on an audiobook, as if it were a theater production, so the dialogue feels more natural.
However, what Harbison does well in chick-lit is writing characters for every possible stage in a person's life. Single, married, separated--she covers it all with finesse. She also balances the realistic with the escapist nicely. Even if you've never gone on a date with a puppeteer or hired an escort, you'll have a blast hearing about these characters who do.
My only complaint would be the pacing, since once the conflict felt resolved, it took quite a while for the ends to get tied up. It took me over eight hours to finish the 26 chapters of this audiobook, and although the majority of it was entertaining, I felt the last few chapters were anticlimactic.
I know that most of you don't read chick-lit, but if you ever want to step outside your comfort zone, Harbison's a good author to try. Secrets of a Shoe Addict was a fun story of female friendship, and as an audiobook, a great way to pass the time--whether you're battling morning rush hour, cooking dinner, or relaxing in bed. Perfect for sneaking more books into your busy schedule!