Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emmy works for a controlling jerk named Kyle. A run-in outside of work at a bar followed by a weekend of being snowed in together cause them to give in (repeatedly) to the physical relationship they can't seem to deny. In addition to being Emmy's boss, he has a serious girlfriend who he is not willing/able to break up with. Emmy begins a relationship with a wonderful man named Luke, but can't seem to stop sleeping with Kyle. As one might expect, things become very complicated.
What a nice surprise this book was. It started out and I was pretty sure I was dealing with another character in a book who we (the reader) are supposed to like just because he has hot sex with the female lead even though he is a total asshole. I was very glad when the book went in different directions than I was expecting. I like that things got messy, and the characters had to find their way through some serious conflict.
Emmy has a variety of issues, some that she is willing to deal with, others she isn't. It is an emotional experience to follow her as she decides what she wants and needs and how she is going to manage everything from work, to her love life, to her relationship with her mother. She is imperfect, and made a lot of decisions I didn't like, but that never took me out of the story, and I was always hoping that things would work out for her. She is witty, strong, imperfect, and she felt real. I also liked that there were things revealed to the reader about Emmy throughout the story that were unknown to us even as we followed her through the story.
Kyle is a tough character to like. I thought the author did a good job of making him complex enough that some of Emmy's confusion and conflict was understandable. Luke is just fantastic. I felt like I, along with Emmy, underestimated him and slowly getting to know more and more about who he really is was wonderful.
This book had complex characters, challenging situations, and was a pretty emotional ride. I would recommend this and I look forward to reading more by this author.
*a review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
L.D. Davis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the novel Accidentally On Purpose and the novella Pieces of Rhys. L.D. began writing at a very young age with consistent support from teachers and friends. When she was only thirteen years old, she wrote her first romantic novella. A few years later at the age of nineteen, she completed another. Always writing, but never attempting to publish, L.D. left many projects unfinished over the years, but when she was thirty-four years old, she self-published her first full-length novel, Accidentally On Purpose. L.D. is currently working on two more books to go along with Accidentally On Purpose, two more projects to go along with Pieces Of Rhys, and several other novels.
L.D. has a serious addiction to reading, especially contemporary romance novels. She also loves the work of Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and classics like Lord Of The Rings and Jane Austen’s novels. She lives in a small East Coast town with her five children and husband.
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