Settling down for a 24-hour flight to Australia, Lucy finds a text message on her phone from a woman claiming to have slept with her boyfriend, James, four times in the past month.
Trapped above the Pacific, she questions everything about their relationship, but when she finally calls him, James reassures her that it was only his friend playing a joke. James is gorgeous and successful and Lucy adores him, yet at her best friend Molly’s wedding in Sydney, she finds herself having doubts and is keeping an eye on Molly's brother-in-law Nathan. Nathan is a happy-go-lucky surfer boy with no prospects, no place to live, and an almost-girlfriend in tow. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself caught between two distant continents and two very different men.
I have really mixed feelings about this book. Overall I enjoyed it, but there were too many things about it that pissed me off.
For starters, I liked the overall idea of the plot, but I feel like it was just taken too far. It was extremely repetitive throughout the whole book, especially with the whole romance and the "do I love James or do I love Nathan?". By the end of it I didn't even know what I thought to be honest. I feel like I've been manipulated or brainwashed in a way because [spoiler] every time James managed to convince Lucy he didn't cheat I believed him as well. Honestly, I still have no idea because his excuses seem pretty valid to me. And I don't know if it's just because I listened to it on Audible and the tone of the readers voice threw me off, but I quite liked James [end spoilers].
With the characters.. I don't really know. This is basically where I have the really mixed feelings because I didn't love any of the characters. Lucy I found to be quite annoying and hypocritical since she was doing the same thing her boyfriend was doing to her. So just no to that. The two love interests, well I don't know. I liked James (the original boyfriend) and I kind of felt sorry for him to have to put up with Lucy. But then there was Nathan and I did really like him, I just didn't like the whole situation. Although Lucy and Nathan had this "thing" they would do where they would tell each other really crappy jokes each time they spoke and sometimes they were ok, but for the most part they were just extremely cringe worthy.
My biggest complaint is the bloody chapters. They were so damn long!! One chapter was over an hour long which is absolutely ridiculous and it just made me angry. There were too many scenes in the one chapter that it just got a bit muddled.
Because I listened to the book on Audible I thought I'd give a little review of the audiobook itself. The reader was fine as the character of Lucy, but I feel this is one book that would have needed at least one other character. I just really don't like when women read men's parts or vice versa, it just didn't sound right. Add to the fact that they had a really bad Australian accent (sorry not sorry). It sounded more Kiwi than anything which was just annoying. I suppose a non-Australian listening to it wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but I could. I did have to speed up the reader's voice because it was a little bit too slow for me, but it's not a big issue.
So even though I didn't really have anything positive to say about this, I did enjoy reading it. It pissed me off at times, but by about the halfway mark I couldn't stop listening to it and I don't regret reading it. Having said that, it is definitely on my favourites, and I probably won't be reaching for another Paige Toon book any time soon...
Would I recommend? Maybe,,,
For fans of: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Audiobook, 10h32m
Genre: Chick Lit
Acquired from: Audible
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