Teaser Tuesday #169 ~ The Lobby

Posted: September 6, 2016 in Humor, reviews, suspense, Teaser Tuesdays
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser for this week is from

The Lobby

by Randi M. Sherman 



Genre: Humor / Suspense

My teaser from page 35 in the paperback.

 “C’mon, Natalie, take a risk with me. I promise to bring you back here after our day together. How about it? Let’s be two strangers enjoying a beautiful day together…..Nothing more, nothing less.”


Read on if you want to know more.

My Review

What a fun story.

It all takes place over a twenty-four period, with each chapter representing one hour.

The author invites you into her story with as much finesse and adept handling as the doormen who usher in guests to the posh Shipley Hotel.

I have to also hand it to the author for breathing life into her characters, of which there are many. From the employees to the most entitled of guests, you’ll be introduced to a menagerie of strangers rubbing elbows and staff adroitly handling the most difficult guests and embarrassing situations as the clock ticks down to a new day. If you ever wished you were a fly on the wall, here’s your chance.

I started this early in the morning and was finished in a couple of hours. From the opening scene to the final curtain call, it was fun and intriguing. This would be a great play. Or even a television show. I’d tune in for new episodes.

I would be remiss to not share how I felt about the ending. I realized I was down to the last two pages and there was no way the author could possibly give me a satisfying ending. I waffled over whether I even wanted to read the end then. But, I soldiered on and, low and behold, the author pulled it off. I wonder, did the author have the beginning and ending of the story first, and then filled in the middle? I knew for sure the ending was right when I realized I was smiling.

4 Stars


Welcome to The Shipley Hotel, where the perky and attentive staff provides the gold standard in artificial concern and comfort to all the colorful characters who pass through its polished brass revolving door and find themselves in The Lobby. Practically engineered for eavesdropping, San Francisco’s juiciest hotel lobby offers the perfect place to witness the comings and goings-and the most comedic intersections-of staff, long-term residents, and eclectic guests. Featuring over fifty stories all transpiring in a single twenty-four hour period and intersecting in the Shipley’s elegant lobby, readers will meet an eccentric and vast array of characters, most of whom will look awfully familiar and all of whom will speak to the heart. Employing acute skills in human observation and a keen understanding of the essential human needs-frequently unplanned and unexpected rendezvous, ready laughter at others’ expense, and maybe even a little love and acceptance-Randi M. Sherman’s unique wit and candor will surely make the reader sit up, stand up, roll over, or assume an interested leaning position and take notice. Get comfortable (on the exquisitely upholstered lobby couch) and spy on those checking in and out of the Shipley. Careful: you might just encounter a version of yourself among the ornate balconies and intricate woodwork.



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  1. Silvia says:

    Come on, Natalie, we all want you to take the risk 😉
    Glad the book worked so well for you, Laura!

    Thanks for sharing, here’s my TT :)

  2. This sounds like an interesting read. :)

  3. sjhigbee says:

    Nooo… Natalie, stay safely in the lobby! Haven’t you seen those cop shows where gullible young women fall for some smooth-talking monster’s patter?? Life isn’t a rom-com- oh… this ISN’T a psychological thriller, is it? Have to say, it sounds lovely…:) Glad you enjoyed it. This is mine – a tad different – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/teaser-tuesday-6th-september-2016/

  4. Kym Thorpe says:

    Not one I would have picked out on my own, but the cover and your review make it sound very appealing!

  5. This book does sound very promising, with lots of delightful moments. The characters alone would keep me reading. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE SISTER”

  6. This sounds like a terrific book! I’d love to read it just to see how the author handled the structure. Your post made me curious about the ending too.

  7. yvonne473 says:

    This looks like a good one.

  8. Candid Cover says:

    This sounds like such a fun book! Such an interesting concept, too. I think that you are right it doe sound like it would make a great play. I hope that you enjoy it! :)

  9. I love a good hotel setting too. I’m not sure what it is, but it just has a certain vibe.

  10. Alice Audrey says:

    This sounds great! But I think your synopsis is better than the teaser.

  11. Hello, definitively an interesting book – I loved the idea of the chapters = hours of the day. thanks!

  12. atothewr says:

    I honestly thought this was a horror story. That title would be perfect for something with blood filled walls and skeletons waiting on you at the desk. Just saying. Nice tease this week.

  13. Eustacia Tan says:

    I definitely wouldn’t do that. Not without informing a thousand people of my location and constantly updating it. I’m not a romantic soul, and to be honest, I’d be more scared that I’m being lured away by a serial killer :p

  14. Sounds great. I like the premise of the novel.

  15. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  16. Intriguing synopsis for this one! Do the 50 storylines connect (other than that they take place in the lobby) is there some kind of over arcing storyline or did it feel like it was just a fleeting glances a lots of people’s lives?

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Some characters intersect and some don’t. The storyline does somewhat bring it all together, but a lot is just glimpses.

  17. I love anything about hotels; books, movies, tv shows. I don’t know what it is about them. You would think I would hate them because both times I worked in a hotel I hated it. Ha ha. This book sounds like a winner for me.