- File Size: 609 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publication Date: December 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4DOHBX
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bestie: Joker's Wrath MC Kindle Edition
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This is such a difficult review to write, and a hard rating to give. Bella Jewel is one of my favourite authors and she's written some of my favourite books. I've read pretty much everything she's ever written and I've never struggled with one of her books like I did with this one. I even struggled with what to rate this book, I did not enjoy this story at all. And I hate to have to say that as a massive Bella Jewel fan and also knowing how close this story is to her and her life makes it extra awkward that I just didn't gel with it. I opted for 2 stars in the end because I just can't face rating one of her books any lower than that and even though personally I wouldn't give so much of my personal life away, I have to applaud her for her bravery. Putting herself out there like that in this format is risky. I don't want to offend when I give my critiques, I don't know how much of this story is fiction and how much is true events, but I have to judge it just on the book that's in front of me, as a work of fiction.
To be brutally honest, had this not been a Bella Jewel book I wouldn't have gotten past the first 10%, and had it not been an ARC I definitely wouldn't have made it through to the end.
I'll start with the writing, well it just didn't feel like Bella Jewel, as I said I've read almost all of her books (all except one I think) and I just couldn't reconcile this as being her writing. it seemed so juvenile, the characters immature and the dialogue cheesy and cringe-worthy.
Onto the characters, well, I just didn't like them very much, I didn't connect with them and they were very much two dimensional to me. I thought they were very immature at times, and most of the time I just wanted to tell them both to grow up and stop being so pathetic/self-centred/desperate/mopey, it was unbearable at times. These were my thoughts whilst reading the book, before I knew it was based on real situations and emotions and knowing that, that's almost definitely insensitive. But as I say I have to base this on my experience of these fictional characters. This is very much down to my personal taste of romance books, this book hit upon a couple of pet peeves of mine that I have no patience for in books; moving on before the characters are really ready and one character leading another on. I felt this happened in this book, and since that's a pet peeve of mine in books, naturally it meant I struggled with this one.
And then we get to the story, it was so bloody frustrating!! These characters met at a time when they were both fresh from bad break-ups. They were friends first but soon moved into being friends with benefits. Big mistake. Huge! Anyone could see that. I feel this book could have been something really special had they remained friends, it could have been the prequel to each of their stories moving on with other people and eventually finding their respective "one". I just didn't find it worked that they ended up together, it wasn't convincing, it felt forced, and I felt like the h was the H's second choice.
The h moves on fairly quickly but the H, jesus he went back and forth so many times he gave me whiplash! His ex was so blatantly keeping him hanging not wanting him but not wanting anyone else to have him. And it took him forever to pull his head out of the sand and see that for himself. The h saw it, but what she didn't seem to realise throughout her endless inner monologue about how she feels so sorry for him and poor him that he's going through this, was that HE was doing the exact same thing to her. Maybe it was unwittingly, but it doesn't change the fact that because he was hanging on waiting on his ex, he was leaving the h hanging on waiting for him. And worse, talking to her about how he can't decide what to do and telling her he still loves his ex. Yes, you do talk to your friends about these things, but platonic friends only! Not someone you've slept with and when there's feelings involved! That's just seemed insensitive to the h and a recipe for disaster.
By the time it got to the ending, I was just ready for an ending, I didn't particularly care either way what happened, I wasn't at all invested in these characters, and at that point I just couldn't see how a relationship based on rebound and co-dependancy could work, personally I just wasn't convinced by it at all. I think this book could have worked way better for me if the timeline of the story had been longer. I enjoyed seeing an author tackle the process of moving on from a bad break up, if everything in this book happened over a much longer period of time it would have felt more convincing. What I love about fiction and romance in particular is that, even though characters can experience ups and downs that person they end up with, it's usually perfect by the end. The characters are perfect for each other and there's no doubt as to the future of their relationship after the words 'The End' have been written. I didn't get that with this book, I was sceptical of it and had little confidence that a basis had been made for the readers to know these characers were meant to be and what they had was indestructable. Basically I just didn't get it, I'm sure these kinds of relationships do work out in reality but I would guess it's a rarity and they are fighting the odds.
I suppose you can't win them all and after like 20 books, odds are she was going to write something I wasn't fond of, I just hate to be writing a review like this for an author like this. One thing I will say is though, the experience I had with this book would never effect my decision to read any of her future work, I'm still of the opinion that she's one of the best authors in her genre and it'll take a lot more than one iffy book to change that opinion.
Molly is heartbroken. Her boyfriend broke up with her and walked away without a backwards glance. With no explanation or concern for her. She questions herself, her choices and her self-worth. Lost and lonely, she has no idea what to do or how to begin healing.
Roman is currently going through his own loss and trying to find his way. Lost and broken, he is just barely moving forward.
Then one day they run into each other again and see a kindred soul in each other. Becoming best friends and learning to smile again, they begin to heal each other. Their friendship blooms as they get to know each other and find they can support and be there for each other. It was truly heartening seeing them become friends.
What I loved about this story is the raw emotions you feel when reading. You feel them coming off the pages and touching your heart. Love is never easy. Love is never what you expect. Finding that connection when you least expect it and not ready can be scary, but it’s what you do with that chance that matters.
Molly and Roman were not ready for each other, but their friendship allowed them to be open with each other in a way they could not have if they met any other way. When they realized there could be more, do they take a chance on what could be or keep what they have?
Molly was so lost and broken when the story began, but as she begins to heal with Roman’s help, you can see the strong woman she is. She begins to see what she her worth and what she deserves. She wants the same for Roman, but he finds it hard to let go of what hurts him most.
Roman just broke my heart. He was so heartbroken, he did not know how to move forward. And his indecision hurt their friendship, but through it all, they tried really hard to always be there for each other.
Bestie was both a heart-breaking and heartwarming story. The emotions are real and raw and will touch you deeply. A very emotional read, but so worth the ride.
I give Bestie by Bella Jewel 4-stars.
each book in The Joker's Mc series. Her book Wingman is one of my all time favorite books. But, I didnot enjoy this book at all. It read as if a teenage girl was writing in her journal. The story line and characters had no appeal for me, both had no depth to them. I found the story to be totally immature. When I realized the complete book was going to be more of the same I skimmed to the end.
I am looking forward to reading Jack's book, hopefully will be more of a story.
The BIGGEST regret I have is paying $3.99!!
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