You know how some comedians hold on to a bit too long? Like it was funny at first, but now that it's served its purpose, they should really let it go and find something else to latch on to? That's exactly how I feel about the Un-nappily series. To be more exact, that's how I feel about the title. My problem is not so much with the story lines, but that the author has to keep finding a way to plug the 'unnappiness' into it so that it fits with the title. Unfortunately, it wasn't a natural fit.
In the first book of the series, Nappily Ever After, the main character, Venus Johnston makes the decision to cut her long, flowing and chemically relaxed mane. In doing so she learns about herself, her fiance, her mother, etc. I got it. She evolved. She became a new creature. So why are we still dealing with this five books later?
This time around Venus' husband, Jake, has embarked on a career as an actor and he's starring opposite the attractive Serena Lassister, with whom he has history. Serena is aware of Venus' insecurities and sets a plan in motion to reclaim the man that is rightfully hers. And then Venus puts on a long, flowing wig and her husband magically sees her with new eyes and comes back to her.
Yes, I'm side-eyeing the hell out of that story line. I'm confused and I think the author is too. The character was happy to be natural, her husband was happy with it (or so he thought), and just as he was about to cheat, a Naomi Campbell wig brought him back from the brink? Yeah, ok. Trisha R. Thomas is better than this and it's about time she picks up another story line because this one is played out.
What did you like about this book?
It was a quick and easy read.
What didn't you like about this book?
It's boring and predictable.
What could the author do to improve this book?
Find a new lead character and a new story line.
Published May 2010
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