{Review} Results May Vary & The One That Got Away

It makes me so happy to discover a new author to love. I was fortunate enough to receive both of these books on Netgalley, but as is always the case, I put off reading them. When I saw the buzz around Results May Vary, I finally picked it up and was delighted by how much I LOVED it. I then went back and read her debut novel, The One That Got Away, and loved it, too. Bethany Chase is now an auto-buy author for me, and I won’t be putting off any of her future releases!

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about the book

Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, art curator Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart’s ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength.

My Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was so realistic and captivating that I was immediately pulled in by her beautiful writing. Caroline’s whole world implodes once she finds out her husband is cheating. Having to move on and imagine a life where everything isn’t as perfect as you thought it was for so many years is not easy, and Caroline did it with class. She was so endearing, and I rooted for her the entire book, hoping she would find her happiness again.

Bottom Line

 I absolutely loved this story and can’t wait for more from this author in the future!

5 Stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance

Standalone

Published August 9, 2016 by Ballantine Books

Length: 352 pages

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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ABOUT THE BOOK

Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer — and former flame — Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn.

Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices — and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life — and in love.

Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind.

MY THOUGHTS

I loved this one, but it got frustrating for me towards the end. Around 3/4 the way into the book, there was some major miscommunication that I felt was unnecessary for the story, and just served the purpose of dragging out the book. I can handle a little angst and back and forth between the H and h, but this pushed me over the edge into rage territory. I was invested, though, so I pushed through and was glad I did.

BOTTOM LINE

Some minor complaints, but overall a really wonderful story and definitely worth a read.

4 STARS

Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance

Standalone

Published March 31, 2015 by Ballantine Books

Length: 352 pages

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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20 thoughts on “{Review} Results May Vary & The One That Got Away

  1. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    I hate when the main source of conflict is from a misunderstanding that can be easily cleared up but drags on forever. Despite that, though, these look interesting. I’ve never read anything by this author before. I might have to give her a try.

    • Brandie says:

      It is one of my biggest pet peeves. I was so mad I could’ve thrown my Kindle. Otherwise, her writing is superb. Very realistic. I think you would enjoy Results May Vary. Her writing is very similar to Taylor Jenkins Reid!

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow says:

    I have Results May Vary on Pippa…and now I can see that I must move it up on the list. Thanks for sharing! I have never read Bethany Chase, but it looks like she will be another favorite to add to my list.

    • Brandie says:

      I love when I try a new author and they end up being a favorite. That’s what happened with Taylor Jenkins Reid and Rainbow Rowell. Now I’ll buy anything they write!

  3. Jasprit (@jaskaur11) says:

    I love it when a book ends up taking you by surprise, I actually hadn’t heard a lot about Bethany’s books a lot before I read your post, but she does sound like an author whose books I would enjoy, so thank you for putting her on my radar Brandie! 🙂

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