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I loved the first book, The Opposite of You. This one fell a bit flat for me.
I was really looking forward to Molly's story. She was so fun in the first book. Spunky, supportive and really seemed to be in control of her life. But this book showed a completely different character. This Molly was a doormat. She allowed the men she dated, her boss and even her parents walk all over her. She was so afraid of speaking up and defending her self, it was so sad. I understand the bit with her parents, it's hard to come between bickering parents. But when she allowed her boss to continually harass her, I lost all respect for her character.
Ezra was a mystery in the first book. And not much more was learned about him in this book. Under his gruff, micro-manager style is a good man. He does have a softer side, and it apparently just needed a woman who loved him more than his money to bring it out.
There was a lot of time spent on what was going on at Molly's workplace. Yes, there needed to be some sort of conflict in order for the hero to rush in and save the day. But I would have preferred more time spent with her and Ezra getting to know each other. Seeing their relationship build rather than being told what was happening between the two of them.
Was it a bad book? No. It was a very sweet, slow burn story. No cheating, no angst. Just a very nice sorta-friends to lovers romance.
Will I read the next book? Absolutely.
This one just didn't do much for me.
However, there were a few things, small things, that really threw me off, and pulled me out of the story enough to give me pause on the review. There is a lot of strikethrough in this story. For example, Molly would be describing Ezra as so hot (strikethrough so hot) annoying. I don’t understand why the author made this stylistic decision. It’s fine once or twice in a whole book maybe, but in some chapters it happens 5 or 6 times. It was frustrating to me that the author wasn’t able to find a better way to show that Molly is lying to herself. Because that is basically what is happening with every strikethrough. This isn’t a diary, so a strikethrough seemed out of place and distracting. I was also constantly thinking about how this would translate into an audiobook.
There were also a few instances of being treated as an idiot by the author. For example: “”Holding back a sigh, I said “Of course she is.” That’s Alfa Ro-may-oh for those of you reading it like Romeo and Juliet. Because this isn’t that kind of story, yo”. Pump the breaks. There are dozens of better ways to guide the reader on how to pronounce Alfa Romeo other than resorting to condescension (Hermo-ninny comes to mind). I’ve never been offended by a book before, and this got me pretty close.
Molly also received a box of French pastries from Ezra, which included croissants, petit fours and macaroons. With two O’s. A French macaron and a coconut macaroon are two completely different things. It’s an editing mistake, and a lot of these petty complaints could have been addressed with better editing, but all of these combined to give me a less than awesome feeling about the book in general.
The last issue I had with this book is about the sexual harassment that Molly was dealing with at work. Her boss, Henry, is blatantly being a creep towards her at work, and she is constantly lying to herself that it’s happening. She’s too scared to go to his boss to complain (because Henry is the CEO’s son), so she just puts up with it until things start to crash down around her. I totally get it; this is a realistic situation that sadly many women have to put up with. Molly is constantly lying to herself about this and her feelings about Ezra, so it fits with her character. However, the resolution to this storyline is not tied up with a nice bow, it’s tied up with a piece of silly string that is more than a few hours old and starting to disintegrate. After Henry comes close to forcing himself onto her, she runs to Ezra for comfort (which she finds) and he says he will go into the office with her the next day and they’ll get this whole thing sorted out. Except he doesn’t. The book flashes forward to one month later! There are a few paragraphs about the fall out (they went into the office, the CEO didn’t believe her, Molly got fired, other women came forward and said the same thing had happened, and now they’re suing), but this is not an adequate wrap up of a storyline that has been woven throughout the entire story.
I had similar complains about the first book in this series; that it felt like the author wrapped up all of the loose ends too quickly. The last chapter feels like an epilogue instead of relevant to the story. Which is kind of a letdown after enjoying watching two people sweetly fall in love.
If you think that you won’t be affected by my petty problems with this book, I would urge you to read Molly and Ezra’s story. It really is sweet and slow, and I liked the characters (especially Ezra!). I also really enjoyed the few scenes with Vera and Killian, from the first book in this series.
Having said all that, there were parts of the book I did like. I enjoyed the emails between Molly and Ezra, and their banter when we did get to read their dialogue. I also really liked what Ezra said to Molly about Jasmine from Aladdin after Ezra watched the movie. That made me smile.
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I really liked Ezra and Molly but I felt like something was missing. It could have been so much more.Read more