Love You Better
After a soul-destroying breakup with her ex, Smith, Effie Abbott has met the man of her dreams. She’s had the whirlwind romance and the fairy-tale wedding to the charming and suave Oliver Barton-Cole, and life seems firmly back on track.
Things were never simple between Smith and Effie, so when he forces his way back into her life, Effie knows he’s a complication she doesn’...more
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: women’s Fiction, Literature and Fiction.
Strange how fate works...I’ve just read two books that were romance, were about cheating and the effects it leaves and yet they were very, very different reads. Both kept me gripped to see what happened, had me totally unsure of just how they would end, and were five star reads. Not ones I’d reread but certainly a terrific one off read.
So poor Effie, heartbroken by Smith, ...more
A gripping thriller read as you navigate the ins and outs of marriage and friendship with Effie who is also scarred by her unconventional upbringing. This book has episodes of adrenali ...more
After a sudden and heart-breaking split from her now ex-boyfriend Smith, Effie Abbott certainly never thought she'd fall for someone else so quickly. Yet, Oliver Barton-Cole almost seems to be the perfect guy: he's handsome, classy and is head over heels in love with her. So, when he asks her to marry him after just a few months of being together, Effie says yes. After a fairytale wedding, Effie can't wait to start her new l ...more
That is, until he shows his true colors starting the very next day, on their honeymoon. He almost immediately turns into a manipulative prick, trying to get Effie to change her style, ta ...more
It's not too long into her married life that the cracks begin to show and Effie starts to realise Oliver may not be as perfect as she first thought. To complicate matters Smith has turned up again in her life and she's not entirely sure how ...more
A few months ago, Effie Abbott was left heartbroken; now she has everything she ever wanted. After a whirlwind romance and a dream wedding, she’s starting a new life with a new man. Oliver is caring, sophisticated and trustworthy – everything Smith, her reckless ex, wasn’t.
Things were never simple between Smith and Effie, so when he forces his way back into her life, Effie knows he’s a complication she doe ...more
This made such a refreshing change from my normal genre of murder and mayhem.
I could empathise with Effie so easily imagining how she felt when her ex turns up on her wedding day.
I went through the whole spectrum of emotions whilst reading this. One moment I loved Oliver and the next I hated him and wished something dire would happen to him.
All the chara ...more
What piqued my interest in Love You Better was the opening: Bride is confronted by past love on the night of her wedding. Great way to start off a first chapter! From there on, the reader is shifted between two worlds that belong to main character Effie: her marriage of convenience with a seemingly perfect man and her unrequited love for a bad boy who broke her heart. At some points during the story, I didn’t know who to roo ...more
Effie and Smith were once friends, and then more, but he left and she found someone else. But everything wasn't happy ever after. This book was full of tension, and while it did not penetrate my feelings, it was well drawn and easy to follow. This book felt lived, while the physical beauty of the participants, was unreal, the rest of the story was quite realistic. Interestingly we never know what Effie looks like, her self reflection is all internal, not external. Not bad. =)
I enjoyed the contemporary take on a romance. The book deals with tough topics, such as domestic violence, and still is romantic and realistic. The ending is predictable, but I liked that fact. The well developed characters struggling with real life issues are easy to relate to. I truly appreciate the hopeful ending and afterward.
This book was so well written i found myself going from happy to annoyed to sad to pissed and back to happy. I felt as if i were watching a movie and found myself telling at the tv screen so to speak. I saw my sister, friend, and myself in Effie throughout the book & it made her all the more real. A great read! ...more