Mattie Johns prides herself on the fact that she doesn't need a man to survive. She has a strict love- 'em- and- leave- 'em personal philosophy that h...moreMattie Johns prides herself on the fact that she doesn't need a man to survive. She has a strict love- 'em- and- leave- 'em personal philosophy that has worked quite well for her in the past. However when her business starts crumbling because an ex-boyfriend has stolen most of her clients and the bills start piling up, Mattie signs up to be on a dating show where she just has to stick it out for two weeks in order to become the winner of 200,000 GBP. What Mattie doesn't count on is the fact that the person behind the dating show has absolutely no qualms about destroying her in order to create good TV. Or that there is a twist behind the show that brings Mattie face-to-face with four of her exes, including "the one that got away". Will Mattie leave with the prize money in hand, or will she come out with something far more valuable?
This is Talli Roland's first book and I certainly hope that we'll be seeing more from her in the future. Roland has created realistic characters that I couldn't help but root for. Mattie was tough-as-nails on the outside, but as the reader gets to know her better we are able to see the vulnerabilities that lay just beneath her surface. The supporting characters were also endearing, especially Kyle (the one that got away) and Nate (the Executive Producer of the reality show with a concience). The plot was fast-paced and entertaining and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that the ending felt a bit abrupt. It ended exactly the way that I hoped that it would, but I would have liked it to be a slightly longer conclusion. However, I would like to see the main characters in The Hating Game return in another book (sequel anyone?).
I can readily recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast-paced and fun read with relatable characters and an interesting plot. Talli Roland is a welcome addition to the chick lit genre!(less)
There are some books that I just read; I read them because I feel obligated, or because there's been a lot of hype surrounding them, or because someon...moreThere are some books that I just read; I read them because I feel obligated, or because there's been a lot of hype surrounding them, or because someone has recommended it to me as a "must read". When I read these kinds of books there are some that don't grab me and I admit to checking how many pages there are, as in, how many more pages of this do I have to read before I'm done? Then, there are some books that I read. These are the books that I find impossible to put down. These are the books that I am completely engrossed in, that somehow manage to touch a personal chord in me. Sarah Jio's debut novel The Violets of March is a book that I took great pleasure in reading.
The Violets of March tells the story of Emily Wilson. Once upon a time, Emily had it all. She wrote a bestselling book beloved by many, she had a handsome husband, and she had a promising future. Almost ten years later Emily is experiencing a case of writer's block that is threatening to put an end to her writing career and she is going through a divorce from the man who was once her everything. When Emily's great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March with her on Bainbridge Island, the setting for many happy childhood memories, Emily jumps at the chance to give herself some time to heal, and to hopefully start writing again. She's certainly not banking on the fact that she will find a diary from 1943 that raises more questions that it answers, and she's also not counting on the fact that she will find herself in the midst of unraveling a decades-old mystery.
Sarah Jio possesses the ability to really tell a story. I wanted to reach out and hug Emily from the beginning. She seemed so vulnerable and downtrodden, uncertain of what her next steps should be. Most of all she seemed completely unsure of herself and her abilities, something that I think all of us have felt at one time or another. From the very first page I just wanted things to work out okay for her. I was equally enamoured of the story of Esther, the author of the mysterious journal from the 1940's that Emily finds shortly after her arrival on the island. Often when a book had a dual storyline I find myself interested in one of the stories, but less interested in the other. In the case of The Violets of March I felt the need to find out what happened to both of our heroines.
The final pages of Violets moved me, and by that I mean that I was in the dentist's office with my son wiping away tears in the waiting room while people looked at me like I was a crazy lady. I adore a great ending, and Violets definitely had one.
The combination of endearing characters, an interesting plot, and an ending that had me wiping away tears makes debut novelist Sarah Jio's The Violets of March a book not to be missed.
This was my first foray into reading erotica, and it was HOT with a capital "H"! I really enjoyed the sex scenes. They were well-written and definitel...moreThis was my first foray into reading erotica, and it was HOT with a capital "H"! I really enjoyed the sex scenes. They were well-written and definitely sexy. There wasn't much of a plot, though, so if you're looking for something other than a ton of sex, you may be disappointed.
I had a few minor quibbles with this one. Mandy seems to go from one man to the next with barely a pause (and with no protection). I understand that she was experiencing a sexual awakening, but it seemed a bit much to happen in such a short period of time. Also, it seemed like the author took a whole bunch of sexual fantasies and threw them all into the same book. It kept things interesting, but at the same time seemed unrealistic.
That being said, I DID enjoy this a lot and will look for more of this author's work in the future.