Hedging His Bets, Laura Carter
My first Laura Carter read. I enjoyed her writing style, characters that felt real, that I could believe in but…I didn’t Love this story. Liked it but there were a few things that just seemed weird to me. One time early in the book Jake and Jess are laughing about when Jake bought Emily a toilet roll as a present as – in her words – “there were a few times I sh it the bed” WTF? That’s supposed to be funny? Maybe we Brits have a different sense of humour…Then later he’s reminiscing “last time Emily kissed me like that I was making love to her. It was seven years ago” but they only split up three years ago, so does that mean for four years they didn’t kiss deeply?
I kind of felt a bit ambivalent too about Jess reasons for not wanting commitment, didn’t feel a really good reason, though I understood it was upsetting for her. Still, that could be just me.
I really wanted Emily to be a b itch, to try to cause problems, to provide some real angst, jealousy, that kind of thing but she’s not, she actually a sweet girl. It all works out well for everyone with a little drama at the end but I would have loved Emily to have been other than she was – again, a personal preference. I love romances that have some really nasty characters, makes the good one and the success of them over the nasties so much sweeter.
There was lots I did enjoy, the banter between the characters, the descriptions of their BBQs and how they all spent time together. I liked Marty too, one of the nasties… 🙂 if only Emily was too….It was an easy read, with events flowing well into one another and the sex between Jake and Jess was seriously hot, balanced well with the story. Sometimes the sex overtakes the story in some reads and that never works for me. Here it was just perfect though.
Stars: Three and a half, a decent read but not one that kept me gripped to the page, not one I’d re-read.
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