TAG : 20 QUESTIONS BOOK TAG

Tag Time! Brianna tagged me to do this a while ago. I’ve been meaning to do this but just couldn’t find the time! I miss doing tags and really enjoyed doing this one. The questions were really creative!

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1. How many books are too many in a series?

I’ve read series with 10 books and wanted more. I’ve also read duets which I felt would’ve been better off as a single book. If there’s a story to tell, I am fine with as many books needed to wrap it up nicely.

As long as I don’t feel that the writer is just churning out new books in a series just for commercial reasons, and doesn’t take ages between each book *cough* GRRM *cough*, I don’t mind.

2. How do you feel about cliffhanger endings?

I think if a book can wrap up its own solitary arc, and a cliffhanger is there just to give a glimpse of what’s waiting for us in the next book, I’m fine with it. But if it leaves you with none of your initial questions for the book answered, then it’s a big no.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Both! I have a weakness for hardbacks. But paperbacks are easy to carry when I’m traveling. And I always feel  like something’s missing if I don’t carry a book with me when I’m holidaying!

4. Favorite book?

How do you even answer that? But if I had to really choose one, I’d just choose the Harry Potter series because they’re what started it all for me!

5.  Least Favorite book?

Veronica Roth’s Allegient, maybe?

6. Love triangles : yes or no?

No. Unless they’re written really compellingly. And that rarely happens.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Well, I did lose my interest through one-third of Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. Although I plan to get back to it, I’m still a little disappointed because I was looking forward to it and wasn’t as taken by it as I thought I’d be.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Valencia and Valentine.

9. Last book you recommended?

All the pretty monsters.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The only book I can think of is The Quran.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

Fix Her Up.

12. Favorite author?

There are many. But I’ve been craving Jane Austen recently. So I’ll say her name!

13. Buying books or borrowing?

I prefer buying. Borrowing can be stressful. And yet the easy option.

14. A book that you disliked that everyone seems to love?

Any book by John Green or Colleen Hoover.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

The blasphemy! Bookmarks. Although I’m pretty good at remembering the page I’m in and don’t need either of these.

16. A book that you always reread?

Harry Potter. But I have a knack for rereading any book that I like.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Yep.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

One POV. Because if I happen to dislike the character with another POV, I tend to not pay as much attention to the story when they’re narrating. And sometimes, I like to be kept guessing about the intentions of the other characters. It keeps things interesting.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

One sitting. In fact, I rarely start a new book if I don’t have the time at hand to finish it soon.

20. Who do you tag?

Sara, Alyssa, Mogsy, and anyone who’s interested to do it!


 

BOOK REVIEW : FIX HER UP

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her…


review

Fix Her Up was not what I was expecting it to be. Let’s just say that I went into the book without much thought and just the synopsis as my only guide. But the surprises were not necessarily bad and I enjoyed it. Let’s have a look.

The surprises

The cover and blurb were deceiving
I got the misconception that it would be a cutesy romance. Just look at that cover. Does it say “There’s lots of hot sex in this book”? I also got the idea that there would be lots of construction stuff going on in the heroine’s house by the hero. A lot like “99 Percent Mine”. But even that was minimal. So, yeah. I was deceived.

There’s a lot of hot sex in the book
And I mean hot graphic sex. Not suitable for reading in presence of others. The thing is I didn’t mind it as much, even though I wasn’t expecting such explicit scenes. But the author can write graphic scenes pretty well. Yes, they were a little too graphic for me who went in thinking it was a rom-com and NA. But that was my mistake. Because halfway through reading, I checked its Goodreads page and saw Adult in the genres. My bad.

The Good

It had depth
The characters had depth. I could particularly relate to the heroine’s problems of always being overlooked and never taken seriously. Also, a heroine who works as party clown? Now, that’s something I’ve never seen before. I also liked that she actively pursued the hero. And as for the hero, I could understand his reluctance to act on his newly emerging feelings for a girl who he’s always thought of his best friend’s younger sister.

The Not So Good

The romance was a little too fast
I know that the heroine has forever been in love with the hero. But we go from the hero dismissive of her in the first scene to missing her and being attracted to her a little too quickly. Also, it was farfetched that out of all the people, only when she goes to try to get him to face his reality in the beginning, he does? A girl he hasn’t seen for ages? I also failed to find the secondary plot lines with the heroine and her family members engaging. And the misunderstanding at the end felt forced, to be honest.

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The thing is, despite these little complaints, I actually enjoyed the book. I liked the couple and their journey. And after a point, I could forget about my misgivings and get into the writing.


ratings

★★★★☆

BOOK REVIEW : JERSEY SIX


How far would you go for revenge?

A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.

Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.

All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?


review

I felt so much anger when reading this crazy story!

When I read the synopsis, I thought it would be a lot like Cruel Intentions. But it wasn’t.

Jersey has been living rough in the streets since her foster parents got killed in an accident when she was 15. 8 years later, Chris – a burn victim suffering from amnesia comes her way in the local gym. He remembers bits and pieces from his past. And he also claims that he knows the guy who killed Jersey’s foster parents. So Jersey takes him under her wings and lets him live with her, so that when he can remember everything and reveal the mystery behind the death of her foster parents, she can kill him.

Then Jersey has a meet-cute with Ian. She has no idea he’s a rockstar. He decides to take pity on her and offers a job to her. Without knowing what the job is, she takes it up because she’ll get a place to live in and free food. But she also convinces him to take Chris with them. They join his crew for a tour. Jersey and Ian share a mutual attraction. But then Chris claims that Ian is the guy who killed her foster parents. He encourages her to seduce him and then kill him.

Okay. The plot had enough meat to keep me going. I didn’t know what to expect.. Well, rather, what I expected didn’t come to fruition. But  there was definitely enough mystery to keep me interested, even while I kept saying to myself ‘WTF is going on!’.

I just could not tolerate Jersey as a heroine. She has had a horrible childhood. She’s been subject to all kinds of abuse and whatnot. But that did not justify her violent, unpredictable and over-reactive behavior to me. I found her to be really unbalanced. And I completely abhorred her erratic treatment of Ian.

She meets this guy she has no idea about. And she takes everything he says for face value. I’m talking about Chris here. He has amnesia and only can recall fragments from his past. And she just lets that misguide her into playing this push-pull game with Ian. I found her character to be contradictory. She finds it hard to trust Ian but could do that easily with Chris. She can’t trust Ian and yet takes advantage of all the benefits of being with him.

Ian has provided her with a stable life and she is so bloodthirsty and obsessed with one incident of her past that she is ready to kill him if he proves to be what she thinks he is. She also has minimal regrets for her wrongs. And then in the end, she does something I consider to be unforgivable.

Ian was frustrating in his own right. If he came clean right at the beginning, all this lunacy would not ensue. But I guess, we wouldn’t have this story then too.

I don’t mind books about protagonists who are flawed as much as Jersey is. But we don’t really see her redeem herself. We don’t see her recover from her erratic and manic behavior. We don’t see her go to therapy or any conscious attempt to right her wrongs.

I usually love Jewel E An’s unique stories. She has a unorthodox writing style that appeals to me. But this one just totally missed the mark for me and turned out to be my least  favorite book by her.


ratings

★★☆☆☆

BOOK REVIEW : METHOD

Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.

I’ve never doubted what we built…until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.

I chose Lucas as my safe haven…he chose the role of a lifetime.

For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.

We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.

I should’ve known this time would be different.

To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.

As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.


review

Whew! That was an intense read! I liked it. But I felt that it was bogged down by the method in its own madness. The story is mainly about the wreckage that Lucas’s method acting causes in his and Mila’s marriage.  There’s also the death of his best friend which only makes matters worse with the effect it has on Lucas. Let’s get into the specifics of what I enjoy and didn’t.

I liked the Now-Then dimension
The couple is married for 6 years in present time. But we see their cute meet and their relationship evolve in the flashbacks. The romance between them was a little too fast. It was interesting to see the different personalities slowly navigate their relationship.

I loved the real aspects to their marriage
Lucas might be a Hollywood star now but he’s had to make it all on his own. He didn’t go to a college or had rich parents to make the ride smoother. Mila, on the other hand, has grown among the elite. She’s had a cultured upbringing. And it causes some friction between the two.

At the beginning particularly, Lucas has a hard time to keep pace with that. I liked that. Here is this top film star feeling like he’s not enough for the woman he loves. Then there’s Mila’s mother who’s downright demeaning towards Lucas in the past. And although, they’re on good terms now, he still hasn’t forgotten her icy demeanor towards him at the beginning.

These were my favorite parts of the book, because this made their relationship somewhat more authentic in my eyes.

I didn’t like the endless angst
The angst. Oh my god. It was too much. And what’s more – there was too much inner monologue. Full of angst. These two characters had more inner monologue more than dialogues. And that kinda got old real fast for me as a reader.

The plot dragged
Maybe it was the excessive us of inner monologue, but I felt that the plot dragged too much. I found myself skimming through many of the pages with their internal thoughts.

Not impressed by that final reveal
When we finally get to the mystery of how they reached the point at the prologue, I was underwhelmed. Maybe it’s because I’m not a method actor and am not well-versed in the methods of method acting, but I definitely could not reconcile myself to that plot twist.

I wanted more groveling
The author builds up this tangled web of complexities between Lucas and Mila. And then at the end, it all gets resolved just too easily. There was an anti-climactic feel to all of it. I expected more groveling from Lucas. The way it all ended, it was as if there was an overreaction in part of Mila and something she simply needed to come to terms to. I wasn’t fully satisfied.

In the end, I did like the story and the two characters of Mila and Lucas. They were well-written and well-developed. But the writing sort of dragged the story down.


ratings★★★★☆

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Most Anticipated releases of Second Half of 2019

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Let’s just get to it…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


No Fences in Alaska

A coming-of-age about pregnant teenager escapes her inconsiderate parents and takes refuge with her estranged her grandfather suffering from Alzheimer’s.

This one releases in a week. And I can’t wait to read it!

Release Date:  June 27th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Marriage Clock

A Muslim American-Indian girl given 3 months to find a groom for herself, before her parents can find one for her.

Living in a society where this is pretty common and welcome even, I can totally relate to this premise. Hope this lives up to my expectations!

Release Date June 27th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

Say You Still Love Me

K. A. Tucker. Second Chance romance. An ambitious heroine. Yeah, I like the sound of that.

Release Date:  August 6th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Well Met

A flirty summer romance between two characters working in a local renaissance fair. I’m hoping for lots of cuteness and laughter!

Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

The Lady and The Highwayman

Hero enlists heroine’s help to look for an elusive writer not knowing that she’s the one he’s looking for.

Hoping for a battle of wits between the two and a captivating read!

Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 


Ninth House

Three words.

Leigh Bardugo. Fantasy. Leigh Bardugo.

Release Date: October 1st 2019 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

The Beautiful

A paranormal historical fiction. And it’s been ages since I read a good vampire story… well, any vampire story. Please don’t disappoint me!

Release Date:  October 8th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

Twice in a Blue Moon

Christina Lauren has become a pick-me-up author from me. Besides, I’m always open to a good second-chance romance.

Fingers crossed!

Release Date: October 22nd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Full Disclosure

A teenager looking for a startover at a new high school without letting word of her HIV disease ruining things for her.
So, this book has LGBTQ. POC. HIV?

Gimme already!

Release Date: October 29th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Dangerous Alliance

An Austentacious Romance? More importantly a historical romance with an Austen-obsessed heroine? Color me intrigued.

Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 


Are any of these books in your list? Or are you interested by any of them? Let me know!

BOOK REVIEW : COLDHEARTED BOSS

I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.


review

Coldhearted Boss left me with lukewarm feelings.

Why?

The beginning did not grab me
The heroine Taylor leads a tough life. She is poor, supports her family, has a deadbeat job and needs money. One night, she is sitting in a bar and drowning in her sorrows, when she notices the hero Ethan noticing her. She thinks he wants a one night stand. She’s interested even though she’s never had one. Turns out, he wasn’t looking for a one night stand, and was just worried after seeing her. But, then she kisses him and they’re about to have a one night stand when she decides to steal his wallet instead. After stealing it, she changes her mind in the last minute and leaves the wallet with the bartender who steals the money, and returns an empty wallet to Ethan who thinks that it was Taylor who did it.

I found this whole scenario to be bizarre.

I did not feel the chemistry
When the hero joins her in the washroom to check if she’s fine (That was just ridiculous, by the way. Who even does that?) the first night they meet, the heroine decides to distract herself from her problems by impulsively seducing him. The moment the hero joined her, I found myself looking forward the chemistry and the sparks. But I did not feel any of it. I did not find the chemistry convincing for the rest of the book, too.

Not funny
The rom-com did not make me laugh. R S Grey’s books usually make me laugh. This one did not. The part where Taylor tries to look like a man to get a job did not amuse me as I thought it would.

Heroine was all high and mighty
I don’t like heroines who are in the wrong but still act all high and mighty. Taylor, instead of trying to misunderstandings and make things better with Ethan, instead goes on butting heads with him. Okay, you might have decided to not steal his money in the end, but you did steal his wallet! I felt like we were supposed to feel sorry for her but she just annoyed me more times than not.

What’s with all the misunderstandings?
At one point, these two start to live in the same tent and still continue to harbor all kinds of misunderstandings and miscommunicate with each other. That annoyed me to no end!

The romance wasn’t developed
These two feel hatred and attraction towards each other for no proper reason for a long time, until Ethan out of nowhere realizes he loves her and the have sex and then she shares all her problems with her and then everything is all sunshine. Meh.

Dejavu
My favorite R. S. Grey book is “Arrogant Devil”. I was reminded of that book a lot while reading this one. I felt that this was a weaker version of that book.

This is not the first book by the author which unimpressed me, and it probably won’t be the last. But I always look forward to her books because they always make me laugh. And that’s probably another reason I didn’t like this book because I felt she just wasn’t in her element here. I’m hoping that she will find her groove back with her next release!


ratings

★★★☆☆

 

Wrapping Up May’19

I know. I know. We’re halfway through June and I’m wrapping up May? I must be crazy!

Well, it’s all because the first half of June has been hectic for me. Eid holidays were followed up by last minute thesis work. It’s been crazy! And as a result I’ve been MIA and a lazy blogger, except for my scheduled posts. Thankfully, things are quieting down once again. I’m getting back my reading and blogging groove. So forgive me for summarizing my May activities so late!

May Reads :

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ARCs :


Prom-Wrecked ★★★☆☆
Love from A to Z ★★★★★
First Girl Child ★★★★★
The Seduction Expert ★★☆☆☆
It’s Not You, It’s Him ★★★★☆
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler ★★★★☆
The Second Chance Supper Club  ★★☆☆☆
Summer At Firefly Beach ★★★☆☆

Non- ARCs :


The Bride Test ★★★★★
The Unhoneymooners ★★★★☆
Dancing on Coals ★★★★★
If I’m Being Honest ★★★☆☆
Starfish ★★★★★
The Place on Dalhousie ★★★★★
A Curious Beginning ★★★★☆
A Perilous Undertaking ★★★★★
A treacherous Curse ★★★★☆
A dangerous Collaboration★★★★★

 

Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Books I enjoyed More on a Reread
Books whose screen adaptations I’d be terrified to watch
Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

Tags :
Two Truths & A Lie # 2


That wasn’t too bad. As you can see, I used May to mostly catch up with my ARCs. I think I’ll be doing a lot of that in the rest of this month too. Anyhow, happy reading!

 

BOOK REVIEW : PASSION ON PARK AVENUE


For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.


review

I’d been looking forward to this book for a long time. Because Lauren Layne rarely disappoints. I can always count on her to provide a cute romance. But this one I just couldn’t get into.

Let me list the reasons –

I just couldn’t get into the friendship

The books starts with a funeral of the heroine’s boyfriend. Naomi has already found out from his obituary that he had a wife she had no idea about. But she still decides to grace his funeral. There she meets the wife AND the mistress. And they decide to become friends.

I had a very hard time buying that. Naomi acknowledges quite a few times throughout the book that their friendship is odd. And this acknowledgement does very little in making it any less odd. I also found it weird how easily they admit the cause of their friendship to the hero, even though he knew the boyfriend. It just felt all too ridiculous to me.

Where was the enemies-to-lovers?

So the synopsis gave me the idea that both of these characters share a bitterness towards each other from their childhood. But the hero doesn’t even remember her when they meet in present day. There was no enmity, rather a reluctant attraction and fascination from the hero and a confused attitude from the heroine.

What was it with the heroine?

Naomi gave me a lot of whiplash. She’s probably the reason I couldn’t find the romance engaging. First she decides that she hates Oliver for ruining her life with one lie when they were kids. But then she gets softened by him. Her conflicting feelings didn’t warm her up to me. The push-pull from her was too strong.

Naomi just seemed to me a little too fickle with her emotions. She claims to be still hung up on Oliver ruining her life when she was a child, but then gets swayed by a mere physical attraction towards him pretty easily. I guess Oliver’s hateful father suffering from Alzheimer’s was a big factor in her softening up. But rather than a slow softening up, what we had instead was her pulling Oliver towards her and then pushing him away. And that prevented me from getting invested in these two.

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Anyways, I’m still gonna read the next two books, because as much as I couldn’t buy the friendship between the three girls, I did like the other two girls, even more than Naomi. And it looks like we’re gonna get a friends-to-lovers romance in the third book, which I can never say no to. But this one was just a little too silly for my liking.


ratings

★★★☆☆

ARC REVIEW : LAST SUMMER

I always like it when a book surprises me in the end. And that final twist at the end certainly took me by surprise. But it felt a little too unreal and far-fetched to me. Also, the ending was bit of a cliff-hanger, with the author choosing to keep things a little open ended. While I could see where this could head to, but I’d also like a definitive ending.
Oh, how I wish I could rant properly about my complaints with the story! But it would be too spoiler-y for a book that hasn’t even released yet.
But any problems I have with this book are totally to do with my own rationale and personal opinions. This book definitely ticks the right boxes as far as the genre of thriller and suspense are concerned!

ratings

★★★☆☆

Publication Date: 9th July, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon | Goodreads

ARC REVIEW : THE UNLIKELY LIFE OF MAISIE MEADOWS

When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.

But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?


review
Maisie dreams of having her family together again. And when she comes across an incomplete piece of treasure in her workplace of an auction house, she gets the strange idea of completing this puzzle to reunite her family. After her mother threw her cheating father out when she was 7, Maisie was forced to watch quietly the storm raging her family – a scorned mother, three indifferent older teenage siblings and an absent and yet adoring father. As a result of a childhood out of her control, Maisie grows to be a control freak as an adult. She likes order and symmetry. The only time she allows herself to lose control is when she paints random paintings in the walls, ceilings and floors of a room in her house she keeps locked and a secret.

Maisie is a charming and adorable character. I really loved her in the beginning. But eventually, her naivety and tendency to assume things without asking, started to irk me. The first half was a 5-star read for me. But the second half was so rife with miscommunication and misunderstandings, with Maisie’s character almost crossing the line between cute and frustrating.

I really enjoyed the diverse and quirky cast of characters, especially those in the auction house Maisie works in. The author captures the charm and allure of the environment pretty well. I also loved Maisie’s family. They are not perfect, and share a lot of bitterness, but beneath it all, share a strong love for each other. And it was good to see that Maisie who might be a little too positive, was the only one who could see the good in every one of them.

The romance was cute too. While Maisie loves everything to be organized and ordered, Theo is a mess, and hates symmetry. I loved that contrast. Their romance is a series of misunderstandings. Maisie gets a misunderstanding at the beginning that Theo is a gay, a relief for her because the last time she was attracted to her boss, he cheated on her and she had to resign. But the miscommunication between these characters got only worse with every page. That kinda took away from the cuteness of the couple.

This was a charming, hilarious and endearing read with a lot of great characters. But the silliness could’ve been notched down a little.


ratings

★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 8th July, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Goodreads