Monday 18 August 2014

Book ~ "What Might Have Been" (2014) Matt Dunn

From Goodreads ~ A year ago, Evan and Sarah shared one incredible night. Then Evan's music - the thing that brought them together - suddenly tore them apart.

Since then, Evan's not been able to forget about her. And try as she might, Sarah can't seem to get over him either.

With time running out, Evan's got one last chance to convince her that the two of them were meant to be. But is one night enough for Sarah to make a decision about the rest of her life - even if it was the best night of her life? And if she doesn't believe in love at first sight, how can Evan persuade her that what they had will last?

Sarah's father, who was a musician, had recently passed away.  With nothing keeping her in the States, she gets a transfer to work in London.  One night she goes to a jazz club and is drawn to Evan, the sax player.  They connect and have a one night stand followed by lunch.  Evan is immediately offered a year long gig in the States backing Sting and the Police.  Since it's a great opportunity for him, Sarah encourages him to go and he does. Evan comes back a year later a week before Sarah is going to married David, her boss, and tries to win her back.

This is the fourth book I've read by this author.  I enjoyed the other three but I wasn't all that crazy about this one.  I thought the storyline sounded interesting and could have been so much better.  As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

I didn't like Sarah.  When she met Evan, she'd had just one date with David yet she had a internal struggle because it was like she had cheated on David.  Um ... no.  It was one date!  And the "should I chose David or should I choose Evan?" debates with her friend, Grace, and with herself went on and on and over and over.  Grace was a psychologist and I was surprised that she let Sarah's rantings go on as long and as often as she did.  Sarah had abandonment issues (because her mother had left her when she was young and then her father died) which we heard about again and again.  Sarah kept faulting Evan for leaving last year when she was the one who pushed him away.

Evan seemed like a nice guy but it was unbelievable that he would keep after Sarah after she kept turning him away and being a bitch to him.  I found it hard amazing that he could be THAT much in love with her even though he'd only known her for less than two days a year ago.  Really?

It's unusual to find chick lit written by a man.  I wanted to like this book but didn't really.

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

I don't know how a guy can write chick lit. I may sit this one out.