“A hilarious, scathing tale of LA life.” — Kirkus Reviews
Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta-loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul-sucking status seekers. When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men–the Los Angeles Eco-Chain of Dating–Courtney goes on a self-destructive binge that doesn’t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress.
Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers. Worse, they expect Courtney to do the same. So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career, break her addiction to fake cheese, marry into high-orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them.
But Courtney resists. She doesn’t want to be a poster child for the Opt-Out Generation. And she certainly doesn’t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L.A. society. All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life. But between a meddling, narcissistic mother, a self-absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re-education camps, it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city. Social ambition combats self-actualization in this biting tale of one woman’s search for certainty in a city full of mirages.
Rave Reviews For This Hilarious Best Seller in the Women’s Fiction Category.
Tina Avon – Bookshipper
“This book was hilarious and wonderful at the same time.”
5 stars. “I was sorry when the book ended and I hope there’s a sequel!”
Debbie – Bookish
“So laugh out loud funny, I couldn’t put this one down!”
Jill Knapp – Harper Impulse/Harper Collins Author of Chase
“UH-MAZING…Never have I laughed so hard while reading a book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy.”
Amanda’s Daily Grind
“… I loved this book! I love that it didn’t fit the mold of my normal chick-lit fare…”
KKM Reads Blog
“Loved the story . . . Courtney giving her friends the what-for about how they treat her and act was priceless.”
Ange’s Reviews – Goodreads
“The book is very well-written.. I would definitely recommend this book for other women who enjoy a little social commentary or humor.”
Linda Quick Reviews
“I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone seeking a non-traditional chick lit read.”
Mayda Reviews – Goodreads
“Pour a glass of your favorite white wine, get some Velveeta nachos, and settle down with this book. It’s time well spent.”
“A good book will make me cry. A good book will teach me things without my knowledge. A good book can be subtle and bold and crazy all at once. This was a good book.”
About the Author
Courtney Hamilton has worked in Hollywood with writers, directors, executive producers, actresses and actors in the entertainment industry in L.A., Las Vegas and New York, including Golden Globe and Emmy winners in television and feature films (particularly in the humorous fiction, humor romance and women’s fiction genres). Based in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton is a keen observer of L.A. Royalty and southern California society (which many consider a romantic fiction of its own). Almost Royalty is a fictionalized satire of Los Angeles social classes and especially those who aspire to be part of the city’s A-Level Royalty.
Sit. Read. Have some Velveeta. Enjoy. Laugh.