I felt the surprise ending was a little too fantastical to be believable. This book is a little suspense,a little romance, and a little annoying. TherI felt the surprise ending was a little too fantastical to be believable. This book is a little suspense,a little romance, and a little annoying. There were a few parts that I thought didn't "jive," and I'm not sure if it was a case of bad writing, or bad editing. It almost felt like part of the story was missing. I don't really care for books that have a lot of half-developed characters, and this had a few of those. It wasn't horrible; it was good enough to read the whole book, but I did feel skeptical at the end. I would recommend this as a beach read, but don't go into it expecting a work that will stay with you a long time....more
Forgettable. I picked it up to re-read (I had read it years ago and thought I kept it because I enjoyed it) and couldn't get past the second chapter.Forgettable. I picked it up to re-read (I had read it years ago and thought I kept it because I enjoyed it) and couldn't get past the second chapter. Nothing grabbed my attention and this book went into the yard sale pile....more
This was a quick re-read for me as I was deciding whicg books to keep and which to put in the yard sale. This one didn't make the cut. Both books wereThis was a quick re-read for me as I was deciding whicg books to keep and which to put in the yard sale. This one didn't make the cut. Both books were enjoyable (as chick-lit) goes, but forgettable. If you want something to pass the time on vacation or while waiting at the doctor's office, this is fine. If you're looking for an epic romance, don't bother- you won't find it in either of these stories....more
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley.
So...where to begin? I really hate giving a negative review; I know Ms. Aster hasI received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley.
So...where to begin? I really hate giving a negative review; I know Ms. Aster has probably poured her heart and soul into this book, and anything bad that is said about it would be akin to telling a mother her child is a spoiled brat. But, there...I've said it. This book left me feeling unfulfilled. I really, really wanted to <3 <3 <3 it. I read the entire book, because I hoped to find a turning point where I said, "ok...NOW it's found the groove..." but no such time came. The amount of name-dropping bothered me. I don't profess to be a big-time city-dweller. However, just because I don't live in the Almighty NYC (that's New York City for all you fellow rural-dwellers out there) doesn't mean I need to have things spelled out for me over and over and over again. Ms. Aster repeatedly mentions the same brands, and almost always puts a name in front of an item. I don't need to know the name of a facial cream to understand that Taddy is wealthy. I felt like this book could have been a fun read- one I would have perhaps even re-read- and lured me into the rest of the series. Instead, it came across as a Sex In The City wannabe crossed with a bad copy of The Devil Wears Prada. I wasn't buying the Mormon assistant who had no trouble (view spoiler)[getting fake boobs and watching a porn star do the nasty (hide spoiler)] but was still ridiculously stupid. Just because someone is religious, doesn't mean they've never watched TV, read a book, or HEARD PEOPLE TALKING AROUND THEM. I really have issues when characters act like they've been living in a hole in the ground circa 1932. Unless, of course, the character is a time-traveller.
As for Taddy, I went back and forth between thinking she deserves to be a bitch because her family sucks, to thinking she is a self-righteous a-hole that should be a little more thankful for how her life is turning out. Yes, she is a hard-worker. Yes, she treats her friends better than they treat her (although I've only heard her side- maybe this isn't really the case). I still felt myself cringing inside every time she complained about how much it was costing her to help someone, or telling Jesus he owes her for what she did, or mentioning a brand name yet again. I pay attention when I read; I don't need to be told that the lip gloss is from Baden Cosmetics 3,800 times.
Some things didn't hold true for me, such as an incident with Rielle and Warner. I don't think he would've been so slow to handle things, and that felt contrived. Also, the way she talks about her life-long friends makes me think she's shallow and feels like she's doing them a favor by talking to them.
My final issue is two-fold. Some of the phrases felt like they should have been left in the 80s. Back when people said things that NO ONE looked cool saying. I felt like the author was trying too hard to be cool, pretentious, and over-the-top. And seriously, if I had read the term "Manhattanite" one more time, I would've thrown my Kindle through the window. I GET IT. Manhattan rocks. Every other place in the world sucks. I might have to go dig my own hole to live in since I am not a fierce, awesome, taxi-cab-calling, Judith Leiber clutch-holding Manhattanite. Or, I could revel in the fact that even though I live in a small town, I could rock a Judith Leiber clutch- if I was so inclined. ;)...more
I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this book. The cover is cute; the premise is interesting- the heroine finds out her husband iSo. Many. Issues.
I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this book. The cover is cute; the premise is interesting- the heroine finds out her husband is a cheat, so she does some self-discovery- and there's seemingly tons of hot sex. However, I couldn't enjoy this book; I won't be purchasing the others in the series. You have no idea how much it pains me to only read one book in a series; that's how much I hated this book. First, the editing is sloppy and there are grammatical errors that are distracting and take away from being immersed in the story. The main character, Delilah (of course!) is a holier-than-thou Christian who has only been with one man (her cheating husband), doesn't masturbate, finds it hard to swear, and has seemingly never heard of anal sex, bisexuals, traveler's checks or tequila. Just because you are from a small town, doesn't mean you are a narrow-minded moron that judges everyone, are too stupid to figure out a way to NOT carry $20,000 in cash around and are so trusting that you leave said cash sitting beside you in a backpack in a foreign country. Jasinda Wilder makes me cringe. I am from a small town; however, I know how to use the Internet (since I'm not Amish, as apparently Delilah is) and I read books and watch the news. Thank you for perpetuating the myth that anyone not born and bred in a big city is a complete idiot. Delilah goes from throwing a stiletto at her husband (who is overweight, an a##hole and NOT good in bed...yet, every woman- (view spoiler)[including her sister, while they were engaged, though this part doesn't even bother her (hide spoiler)]- to saying how sheltered she is, because she's such a Bible-reading Christian woman who would never sin. Then she calls the woman her husband is cheating with a (view spoiler)[floppy-titted whore (hide spoiler)]. I can buy the never masturbated, doesn't swear, kind of naïve bit. But not when in the next breath she is talking about reading erotic novels and discussing anal sex with an absolute stranger. She says, "Harry was always gentle with me. Treated me right. Took care of me." I find it hard to believe that a man that will screw the entire town, including his soon-to-be sister-in-law, is a caring individual. And if he took such great care of her, why was she complaining in the third paragraph that he wouldn't even buy her a decent-fitting bra. Because even though she has a job, she would rather spend money on Michael Kors sheets and bitch about her husband being a tightwad than taking care of herself.
Another thing that bothers me is that she has $20,000 and acts like it's a million. Of course, she runs into people that are just throwing their services at her, so who has to worry about a little thing like money? Especially when you end up finding someone who knows one of the top divorce attorneys (who, by the way, made a HORRIBLE deal) who can magically bend time and get a divorce finalized in three days.
My next gripe is that I understand what it is like to have low self-esteem. To not feel attractive, or to stay with someone that you pretend loves you. DO NOT blame this person for your thoughts, words, and actions, though. Delilah is a whiny, self-righteous snob half the time that just isn't likeable. I finished this story, hoping that she would redeem herself. No such luck. She swears like a sailor in one breath and in the next says, "good gravy!" (view spoiler)[ She goes to a total stranger's house just because he is hot, and of course he says he clean, so he must be! (hide spoiler)] She is so trusting of a guy, even after her world has come crashing down around her not a week before.
I know this is fluff, meant to be entertaining. I have a hard time enjoying something with a character that is downright stupid, however. I like smart storylines with things that could actually happen (What? The billionaire down the street wants to take me on his private jet to an island in the middle of nowhere that he owns? I'll be right there....) and characters that make me think, not shake my head in disgust....more