He’s Come Undone by Theresa Weir


Set on a a college campus in Minneapolis, three female college students decide to take out revenge on a guy who had broken their hearts at various points. Eileen is chosen as the tool for this revenge but the plan might not necessarily play out as planned. When things start to get out of hand, Eileen is no longer convinced she wants to continue with the arrangement but she had signed a contract with the girls or – is she still able to get out of it?
He’s Come Undone is a sweet romance with a modern twist. A very short light-hearted plot about ‘boy meets girl’, but in this case the reader already knows it is a set up mixed with deceit and vengeance. The story is written from the perspectives of the three main characters Eileen, Julian and Valerie. Each chapter is dedicated to a character as they tell their side of story. As the story unfolds, bold and unexpected events develop adding interest to the plot.

I find the premise of the story very interesting and something to look forward to. It is warm and fuzzy for a good romance novel. But this book could be richer and mind-blowing with some more detail and a deeper exploration of the characters. Eileen started out as a sympathetic character but I couldn’t fully appreciate her for lack of enough information on her. I also didn’t find a solid conflict and enough suspense in the plot to intrigue me.

However, this is a quick and easy read for a nice day (215 pages). I liked it but didn’t particularly fall in love with the story. I’ll describe it as heartfelt, romantic and cozy. I will definitely suggest this title to readers who enjoy sweet romance – and this one is really short too!

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

Author – Theresa Weir
Publication Date – February 25, 2014
Pages – 215
Setting – Minneapolis

About The Author:

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir.
Read more ~Blurb and img from Amazon

Jenny: Virtuous No More by Nora Blackstock

Jenny was a good, devoted wife. When her marriage to husband Mark grew distant, she took matters into her own hands to find out if he still loved her. He did, but his confession, and the things he wanted her to do, were shocking. To save her marriage, Jenny embarked on a sexual journey from which there was no turning back. She would no longer be the “good girl” that everyone knew and loved…” ~ Blurb from Amazon

My Take:
This publication previously came out in five parts. I’m glad that I received the complete set of the e-book and read the entire 171 pages in just a couple of hours. And – here’s what I think…

After seven years of marriage with both Mark and Jenny working full-time, pressures of work start to put stress on their seven-year marriage. As Jenny and Mark would begin to worry that the intimacy between them is shriveling down to almost nothing, they individually started to nurse the fear about how this might further affect their marriage. Until one day to her utmost surprise, Jenny  discovers a secret on Mark’s computer, and confronts him.  This causes Mark to make a shocking proposal to his wife. Jenny his conservative suburban wife – not so much into much experimentation now has a dilemma. However, she is determined to work on her marriage – but at what cost? This incident – is to set in motion a series of events that would deeply affect their marriage.  
 
Jenny: Virtuous No More is a compelling story which draws the reader in quickly right from the first page! This is no ordinary romance but a fast paced racy adventure with a surprise twist. Done in simple and straight forward tone, this engaging narrative will keep the reader wanting for more…  The author did a beautiful job in character development as it relates to Mark and Jenny. Incorporating occasional flash backs is skillfully used to round their characters and keep up the pace.   I thought it was smart of Ms. Blackstock to weave in the final plot thread – which added an interesting dimension to the plot.

This is a beautifully written work, with explicit detailed intimate scenes that leap right off the pages.  A well constructed emotional and passionate book which I believe erotic romance readers would eat up! This book would also be a good introduction to those wanting to explore this genre.

I received an electronic copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

The Boy Next Door

Author – Meg Cabot
Publication Date – 2002
Number of Pages – 384 pages
Genre – Romance
Geographical Setting – New York City

Book Summary

Have you had a very good laugh lately? Well, you’ve got to pick up this book!

The main character in this novel is Melissa Fuller, but “You can call me Mel”, as she says. Mel is a gossip columnist for the New York Journal and has just broken up with her longtime boyfriend, Aaron Spender. Her best friend, Nadine Wilcock, a food critic, is getting married to her boyfriend, Tony Salerno, who is a chef at the popular restaurant Fresche. Melissa also has many coworkers, including Dolly Vargas, an outlandish Style Editor who has her eyes on quite a few men.

The book starts with Melissa being late to work after finding her neighbour, Mrs. Helen Friedlander, facedown on the carpet of her apartment after a brutal attack. Mel gets her to the hospital but has yet to solve the problem of walking Paco, Mrs. Friedlander’s Great Dane. She calls upon Mrs. Friedlander’s nephew, Max Friedlander, to come and take care of Paco and the two cats Tweedledum and Mr. Peepers. Max, who is on vacation with the supermodel Vivica, calls upon his millionaire friend John Trent, who is a crime reporter for the New York Chronicle, the Journal’s top competitor. John impersonates Max and moves into Max’s Aunt Helen’s apartment. Blurb ~ Wikipedia

My Take
The author, Meg Cabot is popularly known for her young adult novels, but The Boy Next Door was her first adult novel which has been very successful. I enjoyed Cabot’s other book – Boy Meets Girl which I had previously reviewed on my blog. They both share a lot of similar elements, so if you liked Boy Meets Girl, you’d love The Boy Next Door. I just finished reading this book a couple of days ago and I tell you – it’s really charming! It has such a fascinating plot which features an office setting while incorporating the characters’ after-office hours activities.

This book is funny, witty and there are a lot of laughs in there for everyone – even for guys! The story is engaging and immediately hooks you from start. The author uses everyday conversational tone to tell this story – in email exchanges between the characters. I give Mel Cabot a lot credit for the writing style she used. Even though the entire book is written in email format without a lot of descriptions and narratives, I was still able to bond with the characters and watch them evolve.

I admired Mel’s naiveté and innocence but on certain occasions, I wanted her to be objective and not over analyze things seeing that she might still be emotionally fragile having been recently dumped by her boyfriend. Her situation is quite interesting – where most of her classmates are beginning to get married off, she’s getting persistent pressure from her mom to find a husband, together with mounting pressure from her boss over deadlines. On top of all these, she has to worry about her relationship with “Max” which generates a lot of topic for gossip at work with everyone questioning – is this guy indeed for real?

While everything is going on, her best friend Nad remains supportive. This friendship is admirable – Though Nad is engaged and in the process of planning her wedding, and has quite her own issues to deal with, but as best friends, you really can appreciate how she is so helpful and makes herself available to Mel, constantly cheering her on. However, this does not stop Nad from showing her disapproval towards Mel’s action/ inaction as the story develops – (not to give a lot away).

Creating that “Max”‘s mysterious identity was a very clever arc thrown in by the author which helps keep the reader engaged until the final resolution. The characters develop well throughout the book with their natural voice – thus show casing each person’s individual personality. This adds to a relaxing and effortless reading. Her entire cast of characters are realistic and relatable just like in real life, where people have their various personal preferences and idiosyncrasies – these are well portrayed in the story.

While the email exchanges moves the story along pretty well, I love how the author uses delayed email responses to add suspense to the story and at the same time incorporating amusing twists here and there – which in the end wraps up nicely – of course …

The entire book is well written, the tone is upbeat, fun and cheery. I found this book very entertaining with laugh out loud humor. I recommend it to readers of Chick Lit or anyone wanting to explore Chick Lit and stories about women’s lives.

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About The Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California (the setting for her bestselling Mediator series) before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University. ~ Author’s website