Review & Excerpt: The Other Side of Someday by T.K. Leigh

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Title: The Other Side Of Someday

Author: T.K. Leigh

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit

Release Date: June 6, 2016

 

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What it’s about:

You know how you always say someday I will?

Well, I’ve hit my someday.  Someday begins today.

Baylee Morgan is at a crossroads of her life. Leaving her marriage of ten years and the only life she’s ever known, she starts over in a penthouse ocean-front condo in Santa Monica, California. She soon finds herself immersed, albeit reluctantly, in the daunting and perilous world of dating as an almost thirty-something in Los Angeles, unsure of how to act, what to do, or whether that hot guy she meets in yoga class is straight.

Sebby Powers’ dream has always been to work in the film industry. At the age of thirty-five, he’s one of the youngest up-and-coming producers in Hollywood. His life is perfect. Perfect apartment. Perfect girlfriend. Perfect dog. Until a friendship with a beautiful woman with vibrant red hair and a similar taste in cheesy movies throws his perfect life into a tailspin.

The Other Side Of Someday is a fun, sexy story of looking for Mr. Right in a world full of Mr. Wrongs, when Mr. Right could be just next door.

 

Review:

☆☆➹⁀☆3.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

The Other Side of Someday by T.K. Leigh is a quick, fun read. There is an obvious friends-to-lovers story line, but it is also about a young woman who is spreading her wings and stepping out of her comfort zone.

The novel is deemed a romantic comedy, and there are funny bits, but it didn’t have me laughing out loud or chuckling. I really enjoyed the book, but it didn’t tickle my funny bone like other rom-coms I’ve read. The Other Side of Someday (Someday) is told from a single POV. The plot is well paced and believable.

When Baylee leaves her philandering husband and small hometown for the sun and sand of Santa Monica, she takes the first step in following her dreams of experiencing more. Baylee’s uncle has given her the journal her mom kept as she was battling cancer. The diary entries are bitter sweet as they are the only way Baylee can know her mom. The diary also contains her mom’s unfinished bucket list.

Baylee is one of those female characters you want as a real friend. She’s friendly and has an upbeat personality without coming across as a Pollyanna. She meets Sebastian (Sebby), her tall, dark and handsome neighbor when walking her dog. She doesn’t realize he’s her neighbor for quite some time, and in their daily dog-park meet ups, Sebby never mentions his bicoastal relationship. I loved that Sebby encouraged Baylee to finish her mom’s bucket list, and even more so, I loved that he became a supportive friend while helping her cross things off that list. It was as much fun reading about Baylee’s adventures as she had while experiencing them. However, I did find Sebby absolutely infuriating in that he insisted that he and Baylee could only be friends all the while sabotaging each date Baylee had. He clearly wanted to have his cake and eat it too!

For me, the best aspect of Someday was the message living life with no regrets.

“Love hard and without abandon. Love with no regrets. Love like there’s no tomorrow. For so many people, there isn’t a tomorrow. Don’t take it for granted.”

I enjoyed the journey Baylee takes with her friends and Sebby; it allows for good character and relationship development, some humorous moments and some fun adventures from Baylee’s late mother’s bucket list. Most importantly, it pushes Baylee out of her rut and she has experiences she wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Without too much sadness or melancholy, The Other Side of Someday is a great reminder to live like there is no tomorrow. Carpe Diem.

 

Excerpt:

“Sebby?” I called out, hesitantly walking through the entryway and into the open living space.
“Holy s@$t!” I exclaimed when my eyes settled on him standing in front of his refrigerator. But that wasn’t what caught me completely off-guard. It was the fact that he was standing there, holding a towel in his hand, exposing himself in all his glory. I quickly spun around, my entire face turning a shade of red that would put my hair color to shame.
“F%$k!” he shouted. “Do you take the world’s quickest shower or something?!”
“Balls,” I muttered, keeping my eyes glued to a large print of a vintage DC-10 that was hanging on the entryway wall.
“What?” he countered, his voice turning light and amused. I could almost picture that sexy and adorable smile drawn on those kissable lips of his.
“There were balls. And stuff.”
He laughed harder than I had heard him laugh in the few weeks I had known him, the rumble echoing in the open space.
“I’ll never be able to look at you again without seeing your balls, Sebby. Just thought you should know that.” I drew a long breath, trying to settle my nerves. Seeing his mouth-watering body completely bare didn’t help matters any. “Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to go back to my apartment. I’m going to have a shot of whiskey. Or tequila. Or gin. Or whatever will make my blood pressure drop. And then I’m going to come back and we’ll try this again, okay?”
“I promise I’ll be dressed when you come back.”
“Why were you bare a$$ naked in your kitchen anyway? Did you want me to walk in on you like that? Trying to show off?”
“Do you think I have something to show off?”
“I… Well…” I shook it off. “I’m not answering that.”
“Okay then.”
“Okay.”
“Baylee…?”
“Yes?” I turned around as one often does when their name is called.
“Jesus!” His expression grew wide and he hastily attempted to hide himself.
“For f%$k’s sake!” I spun back and faced the door once more. “Did you not think to cover yourself up after the first time I walked in and saw you naked? I’m still standing here. You know that bath towels serve some rather astonishing purposes these days, the most useful of which being something to wrap around your waist to keep your junk covered! I’m leaving and taking two shots of whiskey. Be back in five minutes.”

 

About the author:  T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog, three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). In late 2015, she gave birth to her first (and only) baby. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or keeping her daughter entertained.

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