“If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger.”
Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of “administrative support” his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say “instant urban legend,” Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?
It is said that there is nothing like a woman’s wrath, and that nothing sparks it like a cheating husband. All women have imagined just what they’d do to their cheating spouse if ever faced with the reality, but what happens when you do take action? What happens when you actually do set that car on fire, shred your cheating bastard of a husband’s clothes, or in Lacey Terwilliger’s case … send out the cheating bastard of a husband’s business newsletter with all the juicy details of just what his “late nights at the office” involve. Specifically why he’s The Stinger and his assistant is the Bumblebee. A newsletter that hits the inboxes of every client, family member, and friend he has. What if … and what would those consequences look like?
Lacey Terwillinger can tell you, and she does so with through the writing voice of Molly Harper. A witty, comical voice that will keep you entertained with every turn of the page. Harper goes to the awkward, the funny, the heart warming, the outrageous. Throw in total banishment (for legal reasons) and a grumpy, hot-as-hell novelist and Molly Harper will have you, not only falling in love with Lacey, but fighting mad and rooting on her behalf.
The only thing that I would have enjoyed more was a heavier romance. This book feels more women’s fiction than contemporary romance. Or perhaps this falls more into the chick lit genre? Either way, while I do enjoy a heavy romance, this book won me over with humor.
If the romance is going to be lighter, then I need to be laughing my butt off. Luckily, I did with this book.
A personal note:
This will be my last post here at ENLR. I’ve been reviewing now for right at a year, and have had so much fun with these ladies. I’m so glad that I offered and accepted the chance to work with such fabulous ladies, and wish everyone of them the best of luck in everything. Thanks for having me!