Saturday, January 11, 2020

Quick Pick book review: This Won't End Well, by Camille Pagán

Quick Pick book review: This Won't End Well, by Camille Pagan
  • Opening lines:
    July 14
    To: Jon Nichols
    From: Annie Mercer
    SUBJECT: What I didn't say.

    Dear Jon,
    Hello seems like such an innocuous word, but it's really a portal to loss. One minute you're exchanging small talk with a green-eyed stranger; the next thing you know, five years have passed, that stranger is now your fiance, and he's just informed you that he needs time to get his head on straight before marrying you.
  • Reason I picked up the book: I've read books by Camille Pagán before, and liked them. She's also a local author, based out of Ann Arbor.
  • And what's this book about?
  • An ingeniously witty novel about the risks—and rewards—of opening your life to new people by Amazon Charts bestselling author Camille Pagán. No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.

    Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?

    Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears—and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?
  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys a novel about an interesting protagonist.
  • Favorite paragraph: I waved goodbye and walked to my car. After I closed the door, I looked out the window and saw Mo still standing on the sidewalk. I wanted to soak up the good feeling the evening had left me with. I wanted to tell myself that I had been wrong to swear off new people—and wasn't my friendship with Mo proof of that? But one thought kept rising over all that cheery clamor:

    This won't end well.

    -AEM
      • Something to know: This book still has a HEA (Happily Ever After) ending but it might not be what you originally think it will be.
      • What I would have changed: Nothing.
      • Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
      • Where can I find this book? Click here to pre-order on Amazon - it will be out on February 25, 2020. It's also free for Kindle Unlimited customers.


      *Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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