Monday, February 14, 2011

#BookReview: Sweet Little Lies - Michele Grant

I truly believe that some writers and musicians only have one really good book or album in them.  Usher's Confessions was great, Raymond v. Raymond not so much.  Sean Paul's Dutty Rock was enough to make me spend a year flying back and forth to Jamaica trying to capture the essence of which he sang.  Everything he's put out since then is just meh.  Do you see where I'm going with this?  So I was worried when I received Sweet Little Lies.  What if it wasn't as good as the author's first book, Heard It All Before?  I shouldn't have spent a minute worrying because Sweet Little Lies is just as good, if not better.

Christina Brinsley has created the perfect world for herself.  She has the career, the house, the car and the fiance'.  Scratch that. She HAD the fiance, her third fiance' to be exact.  When he dropped a bomb on her just days before their wedding, her world went into a spin.  A week later she finds herself on the plane to New York for work, seated next to the same delivery guy who was a witness to her melt down at home just days ago.

In honoring the phrase, "there's more to him than meets the eye," the handsome delivery guy who witnessed Christina's breakup with her fiance' is really a grad student flying back to New York to finish school after a summer in the Bay area.  Sure Christina Brinsley is hot, but Steven Williams can already tell that she's a high maintenance bougie chick that may be more trouble than she's worth. So is it destiny or a bad twist of fate that lands him on her flight?

In between pursuing their careers, Christina and Steven burn up the pages with an intense game of cat and mouse that takes them from coast to coast and challenges them both to learn to trust again.

What did you like about this book?
Christina is such a real character.  Like a lot of people she's so busy trying to control situations and second guessing everyone else that she stands in the way of her own happiness.  I kept wanting to scream out, "Get out of your way!"

And Steven? If a man as perfect as this exists, I can only hope that Michele Grant has patented him and started producing his clone in mass quantities.

What didn't you like about this book?
I hate the cover.  The woman on it is pretty enough, but she's not at all what I imagine Christina would look like.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Keep writing.  I'm appreciative of books that feature grown characters and Grant does an excellent job of bringing both the grown and sexy.

Published February 2011
Disclosure: ARC received from the publisher.

Theme: Here I Stand by Usher

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