Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Review: Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert

Title: Pretty Revenge
Author: Emily Liebert
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 346
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for an unbiased review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Kerrie O'Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course--the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she'll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.

No one, that is, except Kerrie.

Review: I don't do unsolicited reviews and it says so on my blog, yet I continue to get emails about them, which I ignore. However, in the past month I have received 4 unsolicited books (one of which I got in both hard and paperback) in the mail so who am I not to read a free book?! And, I needed an in-between book to read that wouldn't take me long so this one seemed like a good choice.

So, this is a quick read that was fine. Not outstanding and not bad either. I could sympathize with both Kerrie and Jordana, both of whom are suffering in the lives that they've been dealt and where their choices have taken them. And neither is happy. Ironically, working together on the wedding concierge business actually works for both of them; they are happy, fulfilled, and successful. Too bad they just couldn't make that work, then they'd both be happy. But then there wouldn't be a story.

The supporting cast isn't developed enough for me. Kerrie's friends Sara and Will are important and move the story, but I wanted a bit more about them. Jordana's parents, likewise, play an important role, but are more action than substance.

I wanted both women to find happiness and to have things work out for them even though both are crooked. Though I enjoyed this read, I guess I just felt the need for a little more depth in the whole thing.

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