“Hot Toddy” by T.C. Collins

Cover of 'Hot Toddy' by T.C. Collins; features: white cover, black-and-white photo of dark-haired freckled woman wearing sunglasses and pink lipstick (pink lipstick is visually pink); title is in bold, capitalized black letters, whilst 'A NOVEL', 'T.C. COLLINS' and pink lipstick is only cover on novelBook: “Hot Toddy” by T.C. Collins
Series: Hot Toddy #1
Published by Hot Toddy
Genres: Chick Lit, Coming-of-Age, Humor
Format: Paperback, 334 pages
Rating: 4/5⭐ 3/5?
Source: Goodreads giveaway
Goodreads (my review)

“Hot Toddy” is an edgy coming-of-age novel superb for anyone who’s made (or is in the process of making) illogical, impulsive decisions. LJ’s not great with relationships and, in the heart of Hollywood, tries her hardest to make ends meet with whatever modeling jobs she can land—or at least those her friend Naomi, a fellow model who doubles as a genuine friend not out to sabotage other models, hooks her up with modeling gigs using her own connections. But they don’t fit the lifestyle LJ’s best friend and roommate keeps encouraging her to live, so she is forced to find a method that leads her on a path of self-discovery and redeemed self-esteem.

The good

“Hot Toddy” is fast-paced. I prefer books that reel me in within the first 15-20 pages and don’t make me feel like I’m just trying to get through the book so I can pass a class. I didn’t always find myself relating to LJ, but she’s one of those characters I both can’t stand, but can’t stop reading about, either.

I found myself relating more to Naomi: She’s genuine and doesn’t give into peer pressure.

The bad

LJ makes the same mistakes over and over, much like the characters in Shameless, which I quit watching two seasons ago because I grew tired of the same old stuff. Though fast-paced, “Hot Toddy” requires patience.

There are also instances wherein grammar and punctuation is a must, but isn’t implemented: free-from things (e.g. gluten-free) are supposed to have dashes between the words, not spaces. It made the sentence with it rather confusing…and annoyed me, because it’s a mistake that’s gone mainstream and making it into brand campaigns and onto product packages. ?

There were also some skipped and misspelled words, so sometimes I’d be spending fifteen minutes trying to figure out what it was supposed to actually be. ?

And one sentence ended a paragraph, but didn’t have a period. And maybe I’m just being nit-picky, but I’ve a system when I read. My brain is programmed to read a certain way, so when the punctuation doesn’t add up, I’m thrown off and have to reset.

The ugly

Surprise! This novel contains rape—and it’s descriptive. I could have used a warning at the beginning of the book. I have PTSD, and this kind of shit is a major trigger. ? I think it’s easy for people who’ve not been in traumatic situations to be fine with something, and I don’t know anything about the author other than the bio provided to me on the back of the book beneath the blurb, but I feel as if that was ill-planned.

Maybe LJ is just ruthless and ruthlessly built. But if rape is involved, I prefer the protagonist to react more instead of shoving it off and rarely mentioning it thereafter.

Lastly, as someone who was repeatedly called “retarded” in elementary school, and as an autistic, I really despise this word. There was only one instance by her roommate, but nevertheless…it wasn’t acknowledged as a poor choice of words, and words like that hurt—even if it’s someone’s character, even if hurt wasn’t the intention. It doesn’t mean “stupid”; it should really be demolished—it’s the most degrading word I’ve ever heard.

Any other word could have been used. There are many synonyms for “stupid”, but “retarded” is not one of them.

With that said…

The back of the last page has a to-be-continued note, and I would like to read the sequel. I’d just really prefer it not have the R-word anywhere in it. ??

“Hot Toddy” was hilarious and fun without the bad and ugly, and I think T.C. Collins has potential.

Do you like fast-paced novels?

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Georgie’s gravatar

The r-word really offends me too. I used to say it a lot in school because other people used it to mean ‘stupid’, but I soon realised that I really did not like being called that myself, and that it was much harsher word than what people intended. And yeah, I was right. It is offensive.

I used to read a lot of James Patterson’s books, which were fast-paced, with short, thrilling chapters. You could say his books were fast-paced page turners. I enjoyed reading them but they were so hard to put down because I was hooked! His genre was more thriller and suspense, though.

I totally would have appreciated some kind of warning for the mentions of rape in the book, too.

Liz’s gravatar

I used to see commercials on TV for his books all the time, but such a thing kinda put me off, ’cause I felt cheated, being a movie buff and all. ?

Are his books long, though?

Georgie’s gravatar

They are not really that long. Maybe more on the short side. 🙂