The Girlfriend – New Release Today

The Girlfriend

On Shelves Today January 30, 2018

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

4.25 slow burning stars🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Blurb

A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she’ll wish she’d never told.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting.

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life.

Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she’s not all that she seems.

When tragedy strikes, an unforgivable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.

Review

What do you get when the ultimate helicopter mom and the ultimate gold digger go head to head? You get a pretty spectacular book!

Laura is a true mama bear who cannot let go… her obsession with her only son borders on odd…Cherry grew up thinking she deserved so much more… and she will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves…. so who will be left standing at the end… the mom or the girlfriend?

The beginning of this book was a definite slow burn…. watching these two equally unlikable women manipulate each other and Daniel… was quite entertaining…. as a mother who has sons I tried to empathize with Laura…. but the woman just went WAY. TOO. fAR! I actually had more sympathy for Cherry during this book, there were times I truly felt she loved Daniel, maybe?

About halfway through, this book takes a crazy turn…. and the speed absolutely picks up…. I couldn’t wait to find out what woman did what next, it was crazy! Poor Daniel, he was basically screwed no matter what happened…. he should’ve locked them in a room and let them battle it out and then take off to San Tropez….

This book is proof positive that you can like a book and not like the characters…. because even though Laura and Cherry were terribly unlikable they were extremely well developed…. by the end of this book I felt as though if I had run into either of these women walking down the street I would know who they were… then head quickly in the other direction!

Highly recommend! A crazy ride with a fresh approach and fabulously developed characters….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy,

Berit

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Wicked Charm – New Release #bookreview @amberhart @inkslingerpr

Today we have the release week blitz for WICKED CHARM  by Amber Hart! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: WICKED CHARM

Author: Amber Hart

Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

Release: January 30, 2018

About WICKED CHARM

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell―the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

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About Amber Hart

Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of Wicked Charm and the Before & After series for teen readers, and the Untamed series for adult readers. Visit her online at www.amberhartbooks.com

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Review

4 charming stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fun young adult contemporary with the unusual setting of a southern swamp….. this book is classified as a romantic suspense, however I read several reviews before reading this that said it was heavier on the romance than the suspense…. so I went into this expecting a lot of romance and not so much suspense, sometimes expectations are everything….. The romance was charming and sweet, but I found the suspense more than satisfying….

Willow is the new girl in town, who just so happens to live next-door to the hottest guy in school….Beau is the boy who has dated all the girls, but never cared about any of them, until Willow…. i’m sure you’re thinking, I’ve read this before…. but there were several things about this book that made it unique and fresh….

The setting of the Georgian swamp I found really unusual and fun…. from crazy granny feeding the alligators to the creepy woods surrounding the bog….. it was really a fabulous backdrop for the story…. I also appreciated the positive relationships between the teenagers and their parents/grandparents….

There also was a serial killer in this book…. Luring girls out to the swamp and killing them, girls who all happened to be ex girlfriends of Beau…. there were some pretty creepy parts of this book chasing killers through the swamp…. I think if there were a serial killer roaming in the swamps I would stay clear, but that’s just me…. interesting mystery, and I definitely did not see the ending to that coming….

The only thing I wish was that the characters were a little better developed, along with their relationship…. it was sweet, but I just wanted a little bit more….

If you enjoy young adult contemporary I‘d definitely recommend this, it is fun and unique…. it is also clean, so I don’t see why it would not be appropriate for younger teens as well….

*** thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book***

Enjoy,

Berit