Welcome to my stop on the CLP Blog Tour for Won't Last Long by Heidi Joy Tretheway. I had a great time reading this book...for the first half or so. The end of the book was a little crazy and I wasn't sure how it would work out so that took away from my overall enjoyment.
Here's the synopsis:
Can two people who are totally wrong for each other ever be right?I had really enjoyed reading this novel up until probably two thirds of the way in. I thought it was cute and fun and interesting but then things started happening at warped speed and I wasn't sure why they were even happening, let alone that quickly. It seemed like Tretheway decided she wanted to end the book and just tied up all the loose ends and called it a day. I didn't get the reasoning behind some decisions (I don't want to mention them because it could spoil the story) and it lessened my enjoyment of the novel a bit.
She's a feisty, sly marketing exec intent on hiding her small-town roots. He’s a laid-back engineer with a shaggy mutt and a pushy ex.
When Joshua asks Melina out, she asks what kind of car he drives. She’ll do drinks, not dinner. She’s always in control. But with Joshua’s easy confidence and sharp wit, Melina is soon breaking the dating rules she made for herself.
Opposites attract—but friends think Melina and Joshua can’t possibly last. When crisis throws their world off its axis, Melina must confront her childhood family, the people she’s come to care about, and the destruction of her pristine image.
I liked that the characters in this book, Melina and Joshua, knew their own minds and knew themselves and decided to stay together even though their friends (though mostly his) thought they would never last. I hated that they had to justify their relationship to the people closest to them and my heart hurt for them.
Tretheway did a good job of keeping me on my toes. Sometimes that was great, sometimes I wondered if there was more going on that I thought. Melina had a big secret but we, the reader, find out what it is before Joshua. Not a big deal. In fact, it was kind of nice to know. But then Melina seemed to imply there was something bigger she wasn't telling him. I liked the secrets as it kept things interesting but it really showed how little they knew about each other.
I sometimes (ok, often) take pictures of whatever book I'm reading with a mug of tea but it's usually because I enjoy the cover of the book. I wanted to share that I was reading this one so much that I snapped a pic of my Kobo even though my ecopy didn't have a fun cover! That's how much I was loving the start of this book. :)
Even with the weirdness at the end of this novel, I did like Won't Last Long by Heidi Joy Tretheway. It was a little all over the place, like this review, but at its core, this book was a good read. I think it needs a bit of cleaning up and editing but then I think Tretheway will really have a winner on her hands. Make sure you check out the main tour page to see all the other reviews.
Happy reading! :)