Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
A really cute story about a quirky ventriloquist whose puppets provide ongoing commentary to everything she does, but are at least mercifully silent during sex. It’s got a brooding, complicated hero, a couple of easily guessable mysteries, and a Happily Ever After, which I don’t consider a spoiler since this is a conventional romance.(show spoiler)
What dragged this down from 4 stars to 3 stars was the eye-rollingly awful use of pop psychology, where characters who suffer extreme psychological trauma(show spoiler)
And our quirky heroine knowing full well that only a trained psychologist should be attempting therapy, but since there isn’t one around, well, the couple of human psychology classes she took in drama school will do. No consideration that she might do more harm than good. Also, this story should have wrapped up a few chapters earlier, but it gets unnecessarily dragged out because our two lovers are incapable of having an adult conversation about their feelings for one another.
Audiobook, borrowed from my library via Overdrive, with an excellent performance by Erin Bennett.
Read for the 2017 Romance Bingo. It could fit any of these squares:
Headless woman: beheaded by the cover artist
Guy/Girl Next Door: they spent a summer living in the same house as stepsiblings, and are neighbors in the current timeline
Rogue: The MC believes her love interest is(show spoiler)
Second Chances: Also third and fourth chances