Little White Lies by Gemma Townley

827483Just like all the books I’ve read by Ms. Townley recently, this book starts with an easily correctable mistake that our heroine allows to continue to snowball until it reaches a boiling point and she must come clean. It’s something of a pattern now (even though this book was written before the series I just read by her), so I’ve gotten used to it. But it doesn’t make it any easier when I see the heroine say or do something so opposite what I would do and then try to get sympathy from me (the reader).

Luckily, this time our heroine is relatable and you can almost understand why she has done what she does. As someone who’s moved to multiple “big cities” without friends there, I totally understood her frustration and isolation, stuck home watching television while the “cool” neighbor upstairs has a party. Ditto the wanting to show those back home that you are totally fine, everything is awesome, and you don’t regret your decision in the slightest. I don’t think I would have struggled as long as she did with Cressida’s mail, but I probably would have tried to steam it open as well.

But after she drunk dials “the guy,” I didn’t understand why she didn’t give her real name. A funny story over drinks about the mysterious former occupant would have been so much less complicated for Natalie. Sure, sure, wouldn’t have had a conflict, but I think the book was so much better when dealing with her feeling out of place, trying to find where she fits in the trendy neighborhood, dealing with the horrid boss and making random friends. Just frustrating to watch Natalie get in deeper and deeper when there were a hundred moments when she could have stopped it all and it would have turned out fine.

An Ideal Wife by Gemma Townley

7569444I almost stopped reading this book in the first chapter because the main character was just being too ridiculous. She’s having dinner with her husband, her mother and her mother’s fiance and they are all talking about the ideal spouse or what makes the perfect wife. Her husband of a year says he thinks she’s perfect with a kiss and suddenly, Jessica thinks he actually thinks she’s perfect (seriously, all evidence to the contrary aside!) and so she needs to actually be perfect so he won’t get mad when he finds out that she kissed that other guy in the last book. Seriously, as a grown woman, that’s her thought process.

Luckily, it’s a super quick read and I finished it in the hour plane ride from San Francisco to San Diego. There’s a lot of “wacky hijinks” involving some of her other friends and colleagues, but none of it very memorable. I’ve got two more Gemma Townley books waiting for me at home, but I’m still debating on whether or not to read them. I really liked the last one I read, but this series has really soured me on her as an author.

A Wild Affair by Gemma Townley

6024465I had a co-worker once that couldn’t watch most movies or sitcoms because she couldn’t deal with the “hilarious” miscommunications that lead to many plots. She definitely hated Three’s Company. Reading these “Wild” books, I’m coming around to her line of thinking. I mean, I understand that no one is perfect, and I definitely understand that the issues at play here are more serious than the first book. But yegods, it’s hard to watch Ms. Wild spinning out of control during the first third of the book when she could have a simple conversation with her fiance and ask him a simple question. Right, I know, no drama, and the book would have no plot, but it just makes me want to scream. If she can’t get through one “suspicious” phone call without acting like a spoiled child, then she really isn’t ready to get married.

And spoilers ahead because I really can’t discuss my main quibble with this book without them. Sorry!

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The Importance of Being Married by Gemma Townley

1972800I started this book in earnest yesterday, but read most of it in one sitting today. Though the initial premise is a little out there and could be solved by one honest conversation in the second chapter, it was a fun read.

I didn’t see all the twists coming, which was a nice surprise. I do wish I felt like I actually knew more about the main character. I know all the things that Jessica Wild is NOT because the author went to great lengths to point that out at every turn. But who she is before this Project Marriage, I’m not sure. I guess we’ll never know.

That said, I really did enjoy the friendship between Helen and Jessica as well as some of the folks that Helen brings to Jessica to assist in the Project. You could see who she ends up with from a mile away, but it was an interesting journey to get to that point.

Plan to start the next book in the trilogy at the spa tomorrow while I’m getting my monthly pedicure. Hope it’s as fun and as quick a read as this one was.

Learning Curves by Gemma Townley

827484Well, sometimes the author’s name sticks with me, even if the book doesn’t. I added a bunch of Gemma Townley books to my library list and finally picked up my first one from that list.

I think it was more enjoyable than my last foray, even if it didn’t have the exotic locale. The main character was definitely relatable as was the romance. Didn’t get the attraction of the ex-boyfriend at all, but I guess that’s why he was the ex. The epilogue didn’t really fit with the book at all and I could have done without it. It took about 50 pages to get into the book and get on board with the “subject,” but then I was hooked. Finished it in about two days, which is a pretty good read for me.