Author: Gail Ward Olmsted
Title: Second Guessing
Genre(s): Romance; Contemporary
Review: At first thought, I found this book to be really fun, humorous, and enjoyable. Both the main characters, Jill and Ben, were charismatic and extremely likable. Jill is a recently widowed single mother who is in the process of finding out who she is without her musical star husband. Ben is a young man who comes across as grounded and genuinely mature for his age. In the relationship they develop after working together on Ben's solo album, both characters contribute to the relationship by helping the other one grow and develop. Gail definitely has a knack for creating a relationship that is relatable in the sense that we all are likely to question our partner and how well we know them at some point in the relationship. Another aspect I enjoyed were the side stories and the supporting characters. Gail provided a lot of information about her characters' backstories, as well as stories related to the supporting characters. This added an extra touch to each character, as well as depth to the overall plot. As far as things that took away from my experience of reading Second Guessing, the biggest issue was connecting with the characters on an individual basis. Although I found them each to be enjoyable, there were situations discussed throughout the novel that were painful and heartbreaking. However, I never felt what the characters were feeling in those moments due to lack of description. The situations were presented and glossed over, so I wish there would have been more emotional descriptions during those scenes. Additionally, there were a few scene shifts that I found hard to follow exactly which period of time the characters were in. I had to re-read a few pages to make sure I knew what time period the situation occurred in. Overall, I had a fun time reading Second Guessing for the relationship scenario, subtly steamy romance scenes, and charisma.
Book Description: "Jill Griffin & Ben Fein are meant to be together… said no one ever! Jill has built a successful career writing romantic ballads for many of today’s top performers. Since the tragic end of her marriage a couple years back, the 40-something single mom has all but abandoned hope for a love story of her own. Ben is a brash, young boy-band singer seeking a solo career who hires Jill to write for him. He’s got a dark secret from his past that he wants to keep hidden. The attraction between the two is red-hot and when Ben falls hard for Jill, he doesn’t care who knows it. Jill’s been burned before and wants to take things slow, keeping their relationship out of the glare of the media. After a gossip columnist exposes their affair, she’s forced to decide if she can risk letting go of her past in order to build a life with Ben. When Ben’s past makes headlines, Jill begins to wonder how well she really knows him. But as Ben climbs to the top of the pop charts, he’s determined to succeed… at convincing Jill to take a second chance on love. Second Guessing is the love story of Jill and Ben, who are so wrong for each other that they may actually be right!"
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