Someone Like You by Susan Mallery {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 18 September, 2013 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Someone Like You by Susan Mallery {Amanda’s Review}Someone Like You by Susan Mallery
Series: Los Lobos #1
three-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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Sometimes even a city girl needs the comforts of home. . .

Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back-until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendrick, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac had rejected her back in high school, Jill can’t deny the attraction she still feels for him.

Now Jill and Mac are tangled up in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens-Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old can make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there’s no place like home.

Lacked depth, but was still enjoyable

Thoughts on Someone Like You

It’s been a long time since I picked up a contemporary romance, but my mood said contemporary and contemporary I got. I was particularly intrigued by the Mafia dons and angry exes. HECK YES DRAMA.

But what could have been gritty drama was relatively harmless, making it more of a fluff read than suck-me-into-it escape read. The secondary characters were more interesting to me than Jill and Mac–I especially liked Bev, Jill’s aunt, and Emily, Mac’s daughter. Every time there was a chance to dig a little deeper into the characters, the story pulled back and moved on.

Jill’s character got on my nerves a little with her “boring” brown hair and crazy “frizzy” hair that needed to be straightened. (Hey. Curly hair is awesome and brown hair isn’t boring.) And her belief that she wasn’t sexy (and her obsession with having Mac say it) because she was flat chested. Spoiler: if you’ve got boobs, men usually like that. Another spoiler: if a guy is going to judge you based on your cup size, you need a different guy. Give me a confident and secure brunette heroine any day. Mac was pretty decent though.

I did, however, like how Someone Like You sets up the next book, which had a tendency to intrigue me more than the story I was reading. If someone threw Falling for Gracie at me, I’d catch it instead of bat it away. So while Someone Like You wasn’t exactly my favorite book ever, it was an enjoyable way to spend an evening without getting too tied up in huge emotional upheavals.

three-stars

Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Amanda, Romance, ,

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8 Responses to “Someone Like You by Susan Mallery {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Amen to curly and brown hair being awesome! *fingers own curly, somewhat frizzy brown hair* The grass is always greener, huh? Anyway, sounds like a nice read but…a little bland, perhaps. As long as it was enjoyable in the end!

    • It was hard, Mary—the main character was my age and I just kept thinking, “I long ago came to terms with my curly, brown hair and I like it just the way it is.” It’s like her belief made her less mature, which probably affected my overall enjoyment.

  2. “Jill’s character got on my nerves a little with her “boring” brown hair and crazy “frizzy” hair that needed to be straightened. (Hey. Curly hair is awesome and brown hair isn’t boring.)”

    AMEN AMANDA! My hair is both brown and curly, and I like to think of myself as hugely exciting and full of win, not boring ;-) Also, she needs to own those tiny boobs! If he doesn’t like them (which as you said, is highly unlikely), she needs to move on to someone else. You going to read Falling for Gracie since that storyline intrigued you?

    • Honestly, I felt like this book was trying to push the idea that brown, curly hair and flat chests were something to be ashamed of or that you need to have a man to tell you it’s perfectly okay to have them. You don’t need a man for that! (It’s nice, of course, but you don’t need to have a man for that. YOU DON’T.)

      Hmm. I honestly don’t know if I’m going to read the next one. I don’t own it and don’t feel intrigued enough to go track it down—not with all the other books I already own.

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