CdnMrs ARC Review: How Hard Can it Be by Robyn Peterman

What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail—just to start with…

Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I’ve embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance?

Leave it to me to wind up in a group of porno writing grannies who discuss sex toys and apple cobbler in the same breath. Also leave it to me to leak an outlandish plot idea to a bestselling author with the morals of a rabid squirrel. And only I could get arrested for a jewelry heist I didn’t commit—by a hunky cop whose handcuffs just might tempt me to sign up for a life of crime. Maybe I’ve found my calling after all…

  • Publisher: eKensington (January 17, 2013)
  • List Price: $5.99
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T9SCRG
  • Buy at Amazon

Honestly, I picked this ARC out at NetGalley because the cover was cute and the title made me imagine a douchey frat boy pointing at his crotch and saying, “I’ll show you how hard it can be.” Luckily those two things made me the perfect demographic for this book.

This is the book I would write if I was hanging out with my girlfriends drinking boxed wine and had any kind of book writing talent. It’s ridiculously funny, romantic, heartfelt and sexy at the same time. The humour was at times slapstick in style, (imagine a overly endowed woman with super long nails trying to retrieve her wig), other times it seemed more satirical and at points was just plain random (Why a giraffe?). Throughout the entire book the humour is goofy, dirty in a silly, 12 year old boy way and full of hilarious pop culture references like Snuffleupagus and Hermie the Elf who wants to be a dentist. Rena, our protagonists’ career ruining book, Pirate Dave and His Randy Adventures, includes some seriously warped Paranormal Romance passages and what may be the most comprehensive collection of pee-your-pants-funny purple prose and penis euphemisms. (My personal favourite has got to be “pork sword”.)


It was this or a picture of a pork sword and even I have limits.


Just because How Hard Can It Be is funny does not mean it was poorly written. Although I felt the story began a bit slowly, it didn’t take long for it things to pick up and I was soon laughing out loud, rooting for the team of misfit women and hoping there’d be another steamy scene (which were hot but lost none of the story’s playfulness) between Rena and her hot cop, Jack. The relationships between the women, and Rena and her sister particularly, were multidimensional and authentic and plot conflicts didn’t seem forced or overly played out.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t think this book is for everyone. If you don’t see the humour in movies like The Hangover or Bridesmaids, if you’ve never laughed at a video of some guy getting hit in the junk by a ball or if you’re looking for a serious read with dramatic undertones and a message of deep social and political import then you will probably hate this book. However, if you’re looking for a brilliantly written, hot mess of hilarious shenanigans that will make you laugh until you pee, root for the underdogs and swoon like a Southern Belle then you’re going to love How Hard Can It Be. Go read it!!

ARC  provided by NetGalley

  • Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads November 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This looks cute! Adding it to my to buy list!

    • CdnMrs November 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

      You won’t regret it. Super funny!

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