Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: "He's Come Undone" by Theresa Weir

Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them. Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger. In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own. Heat: 7 out of 10

Thank you to Netgalley and Belfry Press for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

Wow!  This book grabbed me right from the start, like an octopus with tentacles and suction cups - see, this is why I'm not a writer! - and didn't let me go until the very end.  Even now, days later, I"m still thinking about Ellie and Julian and their tragically sweet story.  My first Theresa Weir book, "He's Come Undone" will definitely not be my last!

Let's start with Ellie.  I really liked her!  She's dealing with some interesting baggage, what with being a child actress and then having her mother steal all her money.  She's really struggling financially, and this puts her in a precarious enough situation to take a job that she might otherwise have turned down.

Which brings us to Julian.  The guy sounds like such a dog!  You wonder how any girl could fall for his routine, but then you see him work his magic on Ellie, and yeah, it's totally believable.  He's got his own justifications for his actions, and when we get his back story, click!  Things start to slip into place, but they only get more complicated from here. 

With perfect pacing, an in-depth plot, and characters you'll feel an emotional connection to, "He's Come Undone" is a definite standout in the field of contemporary New Adult romance.

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