Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Love is strange. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no logic to it. It’s not methodical. It’s not scientific. It’s pure emotion and passion. And emotion and passion can be dangerous because they fuel love…and hate.
I’m now a reluctant connoisseur of both—an expert through immersion. I know them intimately.
When I fell in love with Miranda, it was swift and blind. She was the person I’d elevated to mythical status in my head, in my dreams.
Here’s the thing about dreams, they’re smoke.
They’re spun as thoughts until they become something we think we want. Something we think we need.
That was Miranda. She was smoke.
I thought I wanted her. I thought I needed her.
Over time reality crept in and slowly dissected and disemboweled my dreams like a predator, leaving behind a rotting carcass.
Reality can be a fierce bitch.
So can Miranda.
And I can be a fool…
who believes in dreams.
This is unlike any book I’ve ever read. The closet I can come to is maybe something from Tarryn Fisher but truly this book is wholly unique. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. It came in my Bookworm Box and the synopsis is fairly vague and although I have only heard good things about it I hadn’t heard much else, about the plot or otherwise. I was riveted from the very first sentence in the prologue I just had to keep going.
Seamus is the ultimate book boyfriend/husband/father. He’s attentive, caring, and selfless and his world revolves around his three kids. He was so blinded by love that he didn’t see any of the numerous red flags when it came to Miranda, his college sweetheart. Now he finds himself a single dad, Miranda having run off with her boss thousands of miles away without a second thought to her family. He’s struggling to make ends meet on a guidance counselors salary and three little mouths to feed but his oddball neighbor sure makes life more interesting.
Gosh you just can’t help but fall in love with Seamus throughout this book. He’s just one of those people that are completely selfless and even though life has taken an unexpected turn he doesn’t lose that side of himself. Miranda (I’ll get to her later) makes it her life’s mission to destroy Seamus and she’s almost successful but his love for his kids motivates him to keep fighting making him a true hero in my mind. I love that even though he’s this beautiful person inside and out he still struggles with not hating Miranda and to try and be the bigger person, even when she does some truly horrible stuff. Because let’s be real, nobody is perfect and we struggle sometimes so I like that he’s not 100% perfect.
Oh, Miranda. So much to say. She never hides the fact that she’s a manipulative shrew and an all around horrible person but that doesn’t make her character any easier to tolerate. It’s rare to find a character so unapologetic for being horrible but Miranda is well aware of every calculated move she makes. Even Saints would have a hard time forgiving her so it’s no surprise that Seamus is at the end of his rope. Although she’s a terrible person it’s very interesting to follow her thought process. You really get to see just how calculating she is and it’s almost chilling. It doesn’t take long for her choices to come back and haunt her and she starts to realize that maybe the life she has built for herself isn’t all its cracked up to be.
Miranda was unlike any character I’ve ever encountered before. While I’ve read books with evil characters before (Umbridge, anyone?) I’ve never been able to read their innermost thoughts which makes it very interesting. While I could barely stand the other characters I didn’t find myself actively hating Miranda. Now don’t get me wrong, the stuff she does is beyond messed up. Not even knowing her thought process behind her decisions helps excuse her but there’s just something about knowing her intention that stops me from completely hating her.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I normally read which made me love it even more. The characters are well developed and each one is unique. I love that we get to see things from different perspectives without it feeling overwhelming. There’s some nice plot twists at the end that really wrap up this book beautifully.
About the Author
I (Kim Holden) live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality.I love to hear from fellow readers. Love. It. Please come find me. We’ll hang out.