Book Reviews

Book Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

Something Borrowed has an attention-grabbing premise and is very well written. As a result, I wanted to keep reading even though the main character and her best friend annoyed me.

Here’s the gist of the story. On the night of Rachel’s thirtieth birthday party (which her best friend Darcy planned), she sleeps with Darcy’s fiance (Dex). But here’s the thing, Rachel was friends with Dex long before he even knew Darcy, and she’s the one who set the couple up. To make matters worse, Rachel realizes that she actually has feelings for Dex and vice versa.

At first, I was angry with Rachel for doing such an unforgivable thing to her best friend, but then Griffin reveals little by little what a poor excuse for a best friend Darcy really is. After learning about the pitfalls of their friendship, I no longer felt all that bad for Darcy, yet I continued to have lukewarm feelings for Rachel because of what she’d done. As a result, this book had my chest in knots because I just didn’t know who to root for!

Another irritating quality about Rachel is how down she always is on herself. Here’s a sample to illustrate what I mean. (It’s also a good example of how unlikeable Darcy is.)

In short, I have no real faith in my own happiness. And then there is Darcy. She is a woman who believes that things should fall into her lap, and consequently, they do. They always have. She wins because she expects to win. I do not expect to get what I want, so I don’t. And I don’t even try.

I couldn’t understand how Rachel put up with Darcy for so many years. Nor could I understand how someone could do what she did to her best friend. Yet, I was compelled to find out how everything turns out!

Let’s just say I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Love the concept. Couldn’t stand the main female characters for the most part. Something just isn’t right when you’re dying for the heroine to get what’s coming to her, but at the same time, you don’t much care for the other key players either!



Book Reviews

Book Review: 8 Weeks (Time for Love #1) by Bethany Lopez

The opening chapter of this book sucked me in immediately. After a night of heavy drinking, Cal wakes up to find himself naked and in the company of an unfamiliar woman who is also naked. The woman makes her exit almost as soon as Cal realizes she’s there, and he is left wracking his brain, trying to figure out how the hell he let such a “thing” happen. Whether Cal (who has been married to his high school sweetheart Shelly for six years) actually had sex with this mystery woman is unclear at this point, so I was itching to learn all of the details surrounding his infidelity. I was also curious to see how Shelly would react.

I have to be honest, I was not satisfied when Shelly simply stormed off without asking Cal any questions. I certainly would have had questions, as would most women I know. Then to make matters worse, he doesn’t even go after her right away!? It drove me nuts, but not so much that I didn’t want to keep reading.

I loved Cal. (Yeah, I know, he cheated. But I still couldn’t help but have a soft spot for him.) He’s kind, caring, romantic and an all-around good guy. While this made me root for him, it also kept me wondering how a guy like him could have cheated on his wife. (This was bothersome to me throughout the story.) As for Shelly, I just couldn’t relate to the way she hastily decided she wanted a divorce. Who would just walk away after six years of marriage without analyzing the situation? She also does other things, while Cal is trying win her back, that just irritated me and made me feel for the guy even more. So why the 3 1/2 star rating? Because Lopez does a good job of developing these characters and keeping their thoughts and actions consistent. Even though I didn’t agree with the way Shelly handled the situation, I began to understand her.

My favorite thing about this book was the supporting characters. Each of Cal and Shelly’s friends reminded me of someone I know. The relationships between Cal and his friends (Scott and T. J.) and Shelly and her friends (Gaby and Sasha) were realistic, and the dialogue was quite funny at times. Oh, and the banter between T. J. and Sasha? Hilarious. I will be reading 21 Days (#2 in the series) to find out what happens with them.

If you enjoy romance novels laced with a few hot-n-heavy scenes and a bit of humor, then you should check out this book.