Book Review: This Tangled Thing Called Love: A Contemporary Romance Novel

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By Marie Astor

I know it’s been 12 days since my last review.  It did not take me 12 days to finish this book – maybe 3-4 nights overall.  Please see my vacation post for why I took a week off!

This is one of those books that I am not proud to admit I read – but I promised (well maybe I didn’t but I will from hereon) to review the good, the bad, and the ugly.  That is what you get in reading “free” books.  Some great ones, some not so great.  Based on the title I knew what I was getting myself into and it’s what I needed after 2 “heavier” books.  It was your classic chick-lit, not intellectually stimulating book.  That being said, it kept my interest.  The main character Claire, is quite likable, terribly naive, but you find yourself routing for her.

From the very beginning, it is crystal clear where this book is going.  I won’t spoil it, but I have to admit it was no surprise to me.  The book takes you through the relationship of David and Claire (or maybe lack there-of).  The characters are built up well, but for any of us that have ever been in a relationship, it is frustrating.  Throughout the book it is revealed that neither of them are in the relationship for the right reasons, which may explain some of the more frustrating aspects (ok – you have to work late again for the 7th time this week!?).

Ofcourse there are a few twists thrown in, nothing shocking, but makes for a good story.  All the characters and situations are realistic.  I found myself thinking of past situations or friends that reminded of me of certain characters, which made the story pass quickly but kept me interested at the same time.  It was wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end.  Would I recommend?  For a free book, with no expectations, maybe as a beach read.  (Disclaimer:  I do tend to download books like this often, but as I am reviewing them now, I think it is pushing me to read more challenging books that I am proud to reviews!  So stay tuned!)

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