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This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel. See more
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This author is truly gifted and I will always one click her.
Janelle and Holden get married when she's 18 and he's 22. They have a quickie marriage in Vegas and Janelle is so drunk she doesn't remember the night at all. She goes off to College and he starts his career.
It's now 5 years later and Janelle is looking to marry on a reality game show...for money. But, she finds out she can't since she's already married.
Janelle was young and immature and it constantly showed. She just seemed shallow and overly consume by money. You read that Janelle has hardly been home since she left for College. She's been estranged from her family and it's never really revealed why. I just thought it was a weird plot point since her family is big and close knit.
These two fought and purposefully tried to hurt one another through most of the book. There just seemed to be a lot of running and never any talking to each other. There was also a lot of judgement by the main characters and side characters. I just felt frustrated a lot.
I think I just simply got something completely different than what I was expecting.
I don't want t to go into too much because this book was a delight and I am afraid of spoilers. Basically the book centers around Holden and Janelle. Janelle is the baby of her family. She's felt like an outsider most of her life. Her brother Matt who is four years older is the closest to her. Matt's best friend Holden has become part of the family as they grew up. Through the years Holden and Janelle became friends, but secretly Janelle has been in love with him since she was six. After a wild night years ago in Vegas their lives take turn. Holden and Janelle step over the barrier and find themselves in a situation. One Janelle has dreamed about but never uttered. However, Janelle doesn't seem too happy and Holden is at war with his feelings. Feeling dejected Holden walks out and doesn't look back. Janelle simply runs away, leaving her family, Holden and the life she knew. Five years later Janelle returns and boy does she have a bone to pick with Holden. What could it be after all these years? Will these two get another shot or will the past be too much for them?
Both characters were a delight. Janelle was feisty, carefree and totally all about Janelle. Yet I got why she was a bit selfish. She felt like she was always looking in on her family instead of being a part of it. Holden was cocky, funny, sweet and determined. He wasn't going to give into Janelle like she was use too. He was going to make her work for it. Omg so funny!
The banter between this two was hilarious and felt real. I found myself falling for both characters even though they acted childish at times. Both of them were holding back for reasons you have to read to find out. But eventually you see both let the walls drop and take those first steps. Their stubborn personalities were so much alike that I felt that they were true soul mates. Plus the sexy times...oh yes so yummy!
I do(n't) is told from dual POV's and is a complete standalone, but I wish it wasn't. Why? Because of Janelle's family. Dang do they add so much flavor and humor to the story. You honestly can't help but feel like you are a part of the family.
For this being my first read by Leddy I know for sure that it will not be my last. Her words flowed, the scenes were colorful and I felt the characters emotions. This was a sweet, sexy and a little angst filled read that I couldn't put down. Highly recommend it!
I enjoyed the prologue since it seemed to start with a bang. But then the story went forward and was rather lackluster in so many ways. Sometimes the conversations were awkward and there was a lot of push and pull between them that was supposed to build up angst, but wound up getting on my nerves because Janelle would be a mixture of mature and bratty while Holden didn't want to engage in her games but needed to in order to prove a point. It was just a bunch of mixed signals and unresolved issues so that by the time it came time to clear the air, I was ready to move on and somewhat over them. And then there was all the denial between them about them not wanting each other and only agreeing to this arrangement for other ulterior motives. Holden's supposed altruism puzzled me as well as his lack of effort to contact Janelle in the first place. But it wasn't a heavy read and I was sucked into the second chance aspect and wanting to see the resolution.
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