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The CleanUp Woman Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Alisha Yvonne is the bestselling author of several titles, including Lovin' You Is Wrong and I Don't Wanna Be Right. She also writes for young adults. If I Were A Boy is the first among her Hopeland High novels. Alisha lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She is currently working on her next novel.
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Well, The CleanUp Woman by Alisha Yvonne kept my eyes glued to my e-reader for more than the allotted time. In short, this book was difficult to put down.
I will admit, it's incredibly predictable. I've seen the movie several times with different characters, different scenes and different titles. You know the tale. There's a woman who seems sane, when in reality she's not. She becomes obsessed with a man, sometimes woman, and then her true colors come out. She goes out of her way to have him, whether he wants her or not. This woman, who is severely touched in the head, will remove anyone from his life that interferes with the relationship she has constructed in her mind.
In this book, Karma Jolley was the seemingly sane woman, but she was the star pupil in that class. You know the class. Crazy and effin' insane 101.
Now, just because I knew what was going to happen before it happened didn't make the read any less enjoyable.
I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor Colby "Cole". It seemed like this guy couldn't catch a break. First, his wife repeatedly accused him of being unfaithful, when he was nothing but true to her and their marriage. Then, he lost his wife when a couple of thugs pulled up on them and shot her in cold blood. Afterwards, he became the number one suspect of the crime. It's always the husband, right?
This tragedy turned his life upside down. He loved his wife dearly, so it was difficult to move on without her.
Cole and his wife had 2 children. He worked a demanding job, and needed help with them.
So, he hired Karma Jolley.
Mind you, he hired her without checking her background or getting referrals. That's when I stopped feeling sorry for Cole. I found myself talking to the e-reader, which earned me an arched brow from my husband. "Seriously, dude? You couldn't take a moment out of your busy day to check that woman's credentials before leaving her alone with your children?" That was a bonehead move if I ever seen one, but there wouldn't have been a story worth reading if he did what he was supposed to do.
Slowly, but surely Karma charmed her way into his and his kids' lives. The girl had all the gifts of a perfect homemaker. She could cook, she could clean and she was good with the children. She made Cole's life much easier, which was her plan. She wanted Cole to see her as a wife replacement.
Although, he thought she was beautiful and appreciated all the help she'd given him with the kids, he couldn't get over his wife. Understandable. But not to Karma.
And that's when the crazy came out.
There were so many times I wanted to choke Cole, but not as many times as I wanted to choke Karma. I became emotionally involved in this story, which doesn't happen very often. Like I said, I knew what was going to happen, but it still got to me.
Even though, she was indeed crazy, she was very smart and resourceful.
Throughout the story, anyone that came in between she and Cole were either hurt or killed. This girl was determined and she didn't care who she had to eliminate to get "Cole", which made this an exciting read.
Now the only part that threw me off was the ending.
Cole's demeanor didn't quite fit the scene, considering everything that had happened to him. Sure, he was irritated, but I'd image anyone in this situation would not only be enraged, but vengeful as well. I'm almost sure the person wouldn't strike up a conversation with a woman who not only had their spouse murdered, she almost killed their son, slaughtered her dog and left him in their house for their kids to see, AND she killed their best friend. It wouldn't matter how touched in the head she is. As soon as she called their house, she'd either get cursed the hell out to the tenth degree or served up a dial tone.
To add insult to injury, she went back to his house, after she'd done all this! The only thing he did was threaten her. OMG, what? She's in arm's reach on his property and he just threatens her?
Sorry, there isn't that much self-control in the world.
*chuckle* All that aside, this was an entertaining read and I'm glad I scooped it up.
Karma Jolley is a mess! She is the true definition of psycho. At first it seems like she just has a little attraction to Cole, but then when she starts to show her true colors. Cole is the married man that she has her eyes on. Cole is very naive to be as old as he is. To me he doesnt do the proper things to ensure his family will be safe, he lets the fact that he needs help override his common sense. Karma is nothing to play with and though she seems lke she is just a young innocent girl she is everything but that. She is missing some marbles clearly. I felt bad for Cole and his family because the things Ms. Karma does to him will leave anyone upset. Will Cole realize what hes dealing with when it comes to Karma or will it be too late? I will be starting part 2.
Colby's world comes crashing down as he struggles to adjust to life without his wife. Too add to his troubles, he is actually a suspect in his wife's murder!! Taking care of his kids and working full time is a bit much for Colby, so he is THRILLED to meet the sexy, young Karma Jolley while eating lunch,who advertises her services as "the clean-up woman". Colby feels that Karma can help keep his house clean and care for his children. Karma is just what Colby needs, or so he thinks. Cole hires her the same night, without checking her references.
Karma and her dog Princess are soon a part of the Patterson family. Karma takes great care of Gavin and Shawna...but she really wants to take care of Cole. Karma is a young lady from a troubled family with a past and she quickly falls head over heels in love with her "boss" Cole. And thats were the drama starts. Karma will do almost anything to be with the man of her dreams Cole, even if it means hurting a few people along the way. Oh and if Cole doesn't love her back...he might be hurt too!!!
Ths book is a 5 star read, Alisha is back and doing her thing in "The Clean Up Woman"!!!!
Karma was crazier than a bat with sight. I could not believe that Cole (colby) was so blind to the fact. I do agree that this book was predictable.
It got so that I just started skipping paragrahs I just wanted to be done reading it already...
OH" and spoiler "For Real" She had a baby and by ____? SMH.... I guess that dream wasn't a dream at all when he "dreamdt" that they'd had sex and she secretly took the condom off him?
#Read at your own risk..(it's ok, just real predictable) OH and I have adjusted my review per request....
I give 2 stars