Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date: September 20, 2022
My rating: ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
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LaQuette's debut sexy romantic comedy Vanessa Jared's Got a Man tells the story of a woman getting her groove back and getting a second chance at love.
Vanessa Jared, a 40-something divorcee, decided that the best way to pull herself out of their post-divorce slump was to form The Savvy, Sexy, Singles Club and start the "Do Me" portion of her and her friends' lives.
But on the two-year anniversary, a sexy sheriff shows up on Vanessa's doorstep wanting her to help him keep his little sister from marrying her no-good ex. Vanessa is not down for this at all. She wants nothing to do with her ex...until she spots a photo of her ex's new fiancee wearing her grandmother's ring--which he clearly stole from her. So now it's on. Vanessa is ready to take this trifling (fill-in-the-blank) down. What she does not expect is to fall in love along the way.
I received a free copy of the ebook from Netgalley. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
I really need to do a better job of filtering out novels that are “too sexy” for me because I feel like I’m doing a disservice to the author when I read a “too sexy” ARC for review. It is just not my cup of tea. I admit I skimmed through some pages… and pages… of some pretty detailed scenes of intimacy. So if that is your thing! You will find it here. I can’t really say how well written that part is since I didn’t read it closely and I don’t read enough of it to have a sense of what is good writing and what is bad.
Overall, I think the plot was good and could easily be expanded on into a series about Michael and Vanessa and their band of entertaining and surprisingly non-meddling friends. There were some parts of Vanessa’s character development I struggled with. It was hard for me to believe that someone raised to be so strong and independent by her grandmother could have been so easily manipulated and controlled by her ex-husband. The end of that relationship made sense - needing quite a lot of time to move past her abusive relationship with her ex and find her own sense of self again. However, it seemed odd for her to have gotten in that relationship to start with given how the relationship with her grandmother was portrayed.
While the action of the book is good, it felt like the backstories of both Michael and Vanessa had unnecessarily long periods of no personal development on the part of either character. So the “love at first sight” sort of storyline followed by rapid personal change didn’t ring entirely true. I think the book will resonate with someone who is divorced or otherwise making some mid-life changes. It was good. I don’t regret spending the time to read it, but mostly not my jam. I am probably the wrong reader for this book.
Author’s site: https://www.laquette.com/