*****I received an e-arc of the book from the Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******
Series or Standalone: Series, The Makeup (first)
Published: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Goodreads Synopsis: “When Brooks walks into my life, I can’t keep from wanting him. He’s perfection—a sexy veterinary student who knows how to cook and always cheers me up when I’m down. But I don’t deserve a man like him. There’s a darkness in me that no one could ever love, and I know he’ll abandon me, just like everyone I’ve ever cared about. Just like my father. I wouldn’t be able to stand that hurt, so I push him away. Then my ex comes back. He betrayed me before, but now he says he wants to make me feel whole again. I know it isn’t right, and I shouldn’t let him into my life. But all I want is to recapture the happiness I once had. But sometimes those who want to fix things leave you more broken, and some friends turn out to be false. How can you tell true love from a lie?”
This book had a very addictive quality to it that I love within new adult novels. I loved the concept of the novel from the synopsis, but it took a different turn within the novel. There were a multitude of characters that were pretty awful in their actions and their words. Seriously hated two of them… like an abundant amount. I won’t go into detail because spoilers, but a lot happens and one of the characters I disliked showed up often within the novel. I also was not the biggest fan of Ollie’s (the main character’s) decisions. Especially towards the end. I just wanted to go up to her and shake her while telling her how irrational her idea was.
I was really disappointed in the whole scene before the ending. I think I’m mostly shocked that the possibility of that happening could be real? I’m not positive, but I know I didn’t like it. The novel moved really fasted paced, as did the characters. I don’t think it’s normal or realistic the amount of effort or speediness that one character showed. It was awkward to read those parts because I found myself saying, “there is no way this could ever happen because how the heck would something that large even be delivered that soon?” and “how is she not more freaked out by this?”.
Would I give Olive East a second chance? I think so. I had no issues with the writing, I even really enjoyed it, but I disliked parts of the plot. Her next novel might suit my reading tastes a little better.