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My pseudonym was brazenly stolen from my great-grandmother, Melinda Ann Olive Branderson Conley, who went by the name Ollie, and peed standing up.
on Oct. 03, 2013 :
The cover of this book is ok but the man on it is not what I had pictured for the hot firefighter inside.
The Characters are well described and strong. Rachel is a strong woman living with big issues and a sweet little girl. I liked her character and enjoyed seeing her weakness as well as her strength. I wasn't really expecting that when we met her. Sam, I'm not sure what to think of Sam. As the book began I wasn't really impressed. He came across as a cocky, arrogant sleeze. I wondered how he could be the way he was when he and just lost his wife - then I got some history and changed my mind. I still find him cocky though lol. The little girls are adorable and I like how their characters are so involved.
The story starts off nicely and gives you strings of information and leaves you with questions. It's a good book with a great story line that keeps you drawn in and on a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are a few people in here i would like to smack and some I would like to hug, however there are a few moments when it gets a little stale.
The train scene was not expected but I think very necessary and I enjoyed how that played out.
I applaud the author for this story and for the way it comes across. In life we like to see the positive and hope that if faced with issues we would respond positively. This book shows that and it shows the negative and the hurt also.
I really liked how the book was in both their views.
The Writing Style was good and very easy to follow and read through. It was a nice easy read.
I would recommend this book to anyone - it is a sweet romantic love story with a few twists.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2013 :
Hot Mess is a very interesting story. First story I’ve read that deals with this type of subject. Ms. Conley did a great job at telling this story while keeping Rachel’s secret in the dark till the end. This book will open your eyes to a subject that was taboo when it first became known back in the 90’s and is still not spoken out loud very much even today. Hot Mess is a contemporary romance with a happy ever after sort of ending, my type of book.
Rachel & Sam are down to earth next door type of characters. Both characters have a daughter close in age and once Sam and Amanda moved across the street, the girls became instant friends. I liked Rachel’s priorities, her daughter always came first and everything else came second including any relationship with the opposite sex. I connected with the characters; sometimes I find the characters distant or annoying, neither of those feeling were present while I was reading this story. I felt Rachel’s pain and her need to have someone to share her love, her life, and share her burdens but so afraid that her secret would be exposed. She suffered alone with the ordeal, until Sam showed up and made things a little more complicated, but in a good way. The only character that I wanted to physically hurt was the principle of the girls’ school; she got what she deserved in the end!!
The POV was from both main characters. The tense was first person present with a few sections where the main characters seemed to be thinking about the past, which was good. This allowed more insight to their past and let the reader know why the characters were the way there were. I tend to enjoy the story more when I can read on what the male character is thinking.
The story flowed well and the pace was good. I noticed the cover has changed from the original version which is a lot better, than the fire and a firefighter image. I didn’t care too much for the first cover so I would have completely passed this great story based on the old cover (I know its bad but I do look at the covers, don’t’ judge me please).
This is the third book I had the opportunity of reading by Anne Conley and her stories just keep getting better and better. Yes, this is the fourth book in the series and I did mention that Hot Mess was the third book that I have picked up by her; I haven’t had the chance to read the second one. This is perfectly fine since the characters are different in each book, nothing will be missed if they are not read in order. What makes these stories a set of series is the fact that all the books setting/location/stories are/happen in the same small town of Serendipity, Texas.
I will definitely be looking forward to picking up her next book or pick up the second one in this series. I recommend Hot Mess to the adult audience due to some of the romance scenes and the extra curricular activities that happen in the hallway, in the kitchen, in the living room and in the bedroom that might have had me saying “oh my”.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review
Title: Hot Mess (Serendipity Series #4)
Author: Anne Conley
Format: ebook 243 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Cover: Current New Cover 4
(reviewed within a month of purchase)