College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself –– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.
I am such a fan of the writing style of Samantha March. She wowed me with her debut novel, Destined to Fail, and I can say without hesitation that her sophomore novel, The Green Ticket, was just as compelling to read. The character of Alex is such a sweet character with a big heart that you can't help but root for her through the entire book. She finds herself with a dream job, at such a young age, as the manager of a hot salon and spa. But things aren't what they appear on the outside as Alex finds herself sucked into one dramatic situation after another. Creepy owner, Kevin, threw off that sleazy vibe from the get go, but his sweet and seemingly naive wife, Dani, appeared to be earnest in her attempt to be friends with Alex.
While the drama at the job attempts to take over and control her life, we meet Alex's friends and a hopeful boyfriend. The girls that Alex calls her best friends are simply the best. We all want to have that group of girlfriends that will be there for you and do anything for you - Alex has them. They provide the perfect amount of side story to keep it interesting without overpowering the main character and what is going on with her.
I've said it before and I stand by it - Samantha March is so talented and I dare you to read her books and not enjoy them. Clearly she has a big career ahead of her and you won't regret The Green Ticket. I give it five stars and look forward to what Samantha has next.
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Marching Ink: Print
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.