Review: Serendipity by Stacey Bentley

Posted 17 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Serendipity by Stacey BentleySerendipity by Stacey Bentley
Publisher: Self Published on June 15, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 305
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The saying goes that there is a fine line between love and hate...but what happens when the line becomes blurred?

When life hands Phoebe Andrews her dream job, she’s ecstatic. That is, until she realizes that in order to pursue her dream she’ll have to give up her cosmopolitan lifestyle in Chicago and move to Nashville. As if leaving all she knows behind wasn’t enough, a car accident on her first day in town does nothing to convince the city girl that country living is all it’s cracked up to be.

As an only child, Dean Montgomery has obligations—obligations which have left him angry at the world. Just as his monotone life has begun to leave him jaded, he is brought back to earth with a bang...literally.

Fate conspires to bring the city girl and the country boy together, but can Dean stay out of trouble long enough for the pair to test the boundaries of their tempestuous relationship?

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Favorite Quote(s):

“Emily doesn’t say anything as she strokes my arm. This woman has the magic touch, I swear—whatever the problem is, she can fix it with just a hug or a pat on the hand.”

Favorite Character: Emily.
First Line:

“I pull open the door to my two-bedroom apartment that lines the street of South Michigan Avenue.”

My Musings: I’ve been eyeing this book ever since the cover was revealed. It is definitely one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen, and I was absolutely sold when I read the synopsis. So when I was sent an invitation of the blog tour, I just had to join! But this novel definitely wasn’t what I expected.

This novel follows Phoebe as she travels from urban Chicago to Nashville for a new job. But of course, everything goes wrong. She’s in a car accident her first day in the new town, and then she’s taken under the wing of the parents of the guy she hit: Dean Montgomery. Dean may be hot, but him and Phoebe don’t get along from the start. But eventually, Phoebe learns that maybe this town isn’t as bad as she assumed.

“The way that the heels accentuate my legs—and tone them with each stride—make me feel sexy and confident. Not that I need it—I’m sexy in my own right.”

I didn’t like Phoebe. At all. She was extremely superficial and shallow. She just had no depth to me as a character, and thus I couldn’t relate or connect with her at all. She had a very annoying voice, as well.

“My mom always complains that her friends are becoming grandmothers. I know she wants grandkids but it’s not going to happen. I like my life, I love my job, and don’t want to slow down or even quit to become a mom. Plus, babies are whiney, stinky, and they cling onto you like leeches. No thank you.”

This novel was written in dual point of view. Phoebe’s chapters seemed like they were written in a voice that was too immature for a 24 year old woman. She sounded more like I would expect a teenager to sound. Phoebe was also not a nice person. She was a certified B-I-T-C-H. It was unfortunate, too, because whenever something not so good happened to her, I didn’t feel bad. I just really didn’t enjoy her character at all.

My first thought when I was introduced to Dean was ‘poor guy’. He was really getting the short end of the stick—he was being blamed for the accident that Phoebe caused, his parents hated him but absolutely adored Phoebe. So at first I sympathized with Dean. That is, until I got to know a little more about him. Then I realized that his character was an ass. He was a womanizer who used a girl who liked him to get laid whenever he ‘needed’ to. He always had a hard on. Every. Other. Scene. It was too much. His chapters were better to read that Phoebe’s, but I still didn’t enjoy them either.

“Things haven’t been okay with us since the moment we met. We go from despising each other, to practically having sex.”

And that brings us to this relationship between the two. It felt forced to me, and not at all natural. They went from despising each other to loving each other? I don’t think so. Especially because there wasn’t something that triggered it. It was pretty random. They also had too much of a sexual relationship. Yeah, I know. It’s a NA book with a warning for mature content. That wasn’t my problem. My problem was that they claimed that they loved each other, but the only thing I saw was sex. There wasn’t really much emotion except lust. And then there were sporadic and dramatic exclamations for love to make up for it. It was just an awkward romance overall for me to read.

“She wraps her arm around me and pulls me into her. I cry on her shoulder for what seems like hours, and she doesn’t say a word. I don’t have to tell her, because she already knows.”

The only character that I really enjoyed was Dean’s mom, Emily. Emily was a sweetheart. She made everything bearable for me. She really cared for Phoebe (although I’m not sure why), and she was just a positive light in all of the novel. She was extremely caring, and I was jealous that I don’t have someone in my life like this.

Unfortunately, this novel was a letdown for me. What I was expecting wasn’t what I got. Filled with not-so-great characters and the shallowest romance I’ve read, this novel, regrettably, is not one that I would recommend.

 2 Stars

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