Published by Self on 01/24/2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?
Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.
The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she's known forever.
Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?
Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister was such a fun read. I loved the characters and the story! There was humor, romance and family that blended into a great read!
Izzy Alverez had it all. So, imagine her surprise when nearing thirty she realizes her time dominating the modeling industry is coming to an end. The woman used to living the high life is not ready to let it go. But how can she maintain the life she wants? Become a trophy wife of course. But not just any ol’ trophy wife, no she wants a man that meets her very high standards.
Izzy and her family kept me entertained from the beginning. Because Izzy was so deeply involved in her modeling career and the life it gave her, she has no marketable skills. So, she decides a rich husband is just what she needs. And that search will have you laughing out loud. Though Izzy could be a bit self-absorbed at times, it was fun watching her grow and realize what is truly important.
I have not read this author before, but trust me, I will be reading her books going forward. Though this is a sequel to a previous book, it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed Izzy’s journey. It was a bit over the top at times, but it fit her personality and flowed well with the story!