Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: He's Come Undone by Theresa Weir

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 stars
Date published: March 1st, 2014
Publisher: Belfry Press
Synopsis: This HEA story is a deep, dark, sexy, funny, and emotional read. 

Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them. 

Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger. 

In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.

What I Thought:

I knew the moment I read the blurb for this book, I wanted to read it.  I also had a feeling I'd love it and I was right.  Right from the get go I liked Ellie.  She's cool and collected and knows she's in a bad place but is not willing to ask for help.  I knew Ellie was going to fall for Julian, so there were no surprises there.  What did surprise me was Julian.  Let me just say he was and wasn't your typical bad boy.  I can't say more without giving part of the story away, so you're just going to have to trust me on that.

I was also surprised by how engrossed I was in the story.  I read it in one sitting and oh the feelings I got. There were moments of dread in the pit of my stomach, wide grins, soft laughter, and even some mental swooning.  I was expecting to enjoy the book, because lets face it, I love the blurb, I've read some of Theresa's books before, but I was surprised at how quickly I finished the book.  I've also read and enjoyed some books written by her as Anne Stuart.  Her style is unique and surprisingly fresh in both voices.

Hopefully, Theresa will write a sequel, follow up novella, or something featuring Ellie and Julian.  I'm not ready to have their story end here.  I do feel like their issues can be further threshed and I'm willing to put up with a little unnecessary drama to have more of them.  Once again Theresa Weir has written an exceptional story and I look forward to her next book, as I always do.

*A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any manner.*

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About the Author
Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Amazon's Thomas & Mercer. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. 

Her first memoir, THE ORCHARD, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir, THE MAN WHO LEFT, was a New York Times Bestseller. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. 


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