Sasha (Mixed Drinks #1) by Rae Matthews
Contemporary Romantic Comedy. Stands Alone.
I must start my review here by saying that I know the author, she was a huge help at Wicked Book Weekend, but I never knew she could write! When she first told me she was writing a book, my thought was “Oy, I like her so much, but what if I don’t like the book?” She never seemed like an author (what does an author ‘seem like’ I don’t know.) I guess because I knew her before she even thought about writing a book, it just seemed strange.
Then, she showed me the cover of SASHA (Mixed Drinks #1), and I thought, ‘Oh shit, this is NOT going to be good’. But I pulled up my big girl panties, and I told her the cover and the blurb needed work. And she actually listened to me! I love the new cover. But after all of that, I still hadn’t read the book. I didn’t really know what it was about, and I had NO CLUE that I would end up laughing my ass off the whole book!
Seriously, Sasha is up there with Tara Sivec, Alice Clayton and Laurel Ulen Curtis for favorite funny books. I had no idea that Rae was so freaking funny! I should let you know here that Rae is also Megan’s BFF (Megan helps me out here at Ana’s Attic) and the Megan in the book is MY Megan!!! But honestly, I don’t care if Rae is my sister or I hate her guts, my reviews are always honest (and often it’s not easy.)
Sasha is a 24 year old single bartender from Wisconsin. She is no virgin, but she is an average single girl struggling with the asshole dating pool. From the serious boyfriend that told everyone they were in an ‘open relationship’ when he cheated on her, to the guy she caught with her underwear on his head and a hand down his pants, Sasha has had a string of really crappy guys that each get a nickname.
“Megan starts rattling off things like, Sir smells a lot, Mr. Snifferson, Davy Crotchsniff…”
In fact she goes through some of the winners she dated.
“One favorite among my ex’s was Mr. Wiggles. He wiggled and squirmed so much during sex it was like running away from the vagina that was about to eat him. Then there was Sniffles, who cried after sex because he was just so happy to have shared an experience like that together.”
Sasha is ready to give up.
“Maybe I should just marry my vibrator. I know it will never disappoint me in bed, never talk back, and never huff my panties.”
Every Sunday, all the girls came into Sasha’s bar to hang out while she worked. As they were joking about all of the losers Sasha has dated, her favorite regular, an old man named George piped in.
“You know what you ladies need? A real man! I should take you out back, rip off those tight little jeans, and show you what a real man can do for you!”
I have to tell you, I peed a little during this scene….let’s just say “old balls” is a visual I don’t need to have…and I was only 7% in. That’s when “Stallion Man” walks in, and rescues the ladies from his grandpa George. Sasha was left speechless by the gorgeous man, and before she could regain control of her mouth, he and grandpa were gone, but certainly not forgotten.
One of my favorite things about this book was the group of friends. They were so real and fun, and I totally want to hang with them (well, I will at Wicked Book Weekend! Yay!). Back to the story…The big weekend beach party is upon them, and they are getting ready to party…Beer Bong and all.
Sadie: T-minus 2 hours to party time. Get your legs and vajayjay shaved, and Sasha, don’t forget those pits!!! No one wants to see the Sasquatch in you.
Guess who is at the party? Yup. Stallion Man. Guess who makes a total fool of herself (more than once)? Yup, Sasha. Luckily, that doesn’t throw Sebastian “Bash” off much, because Sasha needs a little something, you know?
“I know my battery operated Cabana Boy and I get along really well at this point, but I need the real thing, and soon. Plus, my Cabana Boy is begging for some time off.”
I absolutely LOVED Sasha’s inner horn-dog voice.
“Hi would you like to come in, rip off my carefully planned outfit, and pleasure me till morning?”
But she really says: “Hello. You are right on time. That’s impressive.”
I really enjoyed Bash’s sweet sense of humor and he is totally hot, but he is definitely hiding something…which makes me pissed for Sasha as their relationship progresses. You have to read to find out what’s up.
Poor Sasha, this girl has had every embarrassing thing you can have happen, happen with Bash. But you can’t help but love her even more from the totally human qualities she shows. And love Bash even more for his reactions to her shenanigans. Even funnier, is the fact that so much of it stems from real life!!!
Likes: (Not a strong enough word!)
- I laughed right from the very beginning
- The group of girlfriends are so my type!!! Loud, obnoxious, immature, horny and dirty, and I totally love them.
- Bash is the sweetest, and totally sexy.
- The real-life embarrassing scenes that were so relatable.
- Sasha was no virgin, and let you know she needed some!
- It was a short quick read, perfect between the heavier books.
- Had a great ending, but there is more in the series about other characters.
- I read an early version, so there were some formatting and spelling errors, but I informed her and they have been fixed, but I found a few more when writing this review. (And yes, she hired an editor!)
Rating: 5 Stars, 4 Heat
I absolutely LOVED Sasha. I honestly didn’t want to give it 5 stars because I was afraid that maybe my personal feelings pushed me that way. But as I write this review and re-read all the funny stuff, I am even more sure of the 5 star rating. Sasha was laugh out loud funny and totally sweet and sexy. My perfect combo. I can’t wait to read more from Rae!
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Haha…you MUST watch till the end!
(2 weekends of book fun in a row= no voice again)