Blurb: She was the perfect party-planning, haute-to-the max trophy wife. Now Maxine Cambridge is broke, unemployable and living with her mother and teenage son in a retirement village, with her self-esteem kicked to the curb.
Until her geeky former classmate Campbell Barker returns, all grown-up- and off-the-scale smokin’ hot. Campbell refuses to believe Max isn’t that smart, funny girl he’s crushed on since high school. The more Max tries to show him he’s wrong, the more she rediscovers her long-retired mojo. Now, she’s ready to throw down some payback on her ex-life and fight for what she deserves…
Review: If I had paid a bit closer attention to the series name and the blurb on this one, I probably could have avoided what ended up being a pretty annoying read.
The main character Max comes across as this incredibly insecure, whiny, spineless woman that can’t handle the fact that her husband, who she married at 20 and is 20 years older than her cheated with someone half her age and left her and her son penniless after 20 years of marriage. Oh, yeah, he also did that for their whole marriage. Yet she is shocked that he turned out to be a slime ball.
It is insanely difficult to feel any sympathy for a person that puts themselves into a position like that and continues to allow it to happen, so connecting with this character is more than hard. The couple of female friends mentioned were all also married to much older men. Seriously? Sure, there were all in it for the love. Absolutely.
Campbell isn’t a whole lot better. He is all about understanding her and where she is at, yet pushes her when she says she isn’t ready then insists she get over herself and heal at the pace he deems is the correct one. Sorry, bud! She just got away from an ass that demanded she be only what he wanted and needed, when he wanted and needed it only to find another one just like that and that is just as hot and cold as you claim she is. So not prince charming.
I get I’m a little back and forth on not liking Max and wanting to stand up for her, but that is because I can’t stand characters like her that won’t stand up for themselves. I didn’t find her all that cute or funny. In fact I really kind of felt like when she wasn’t being whiny and weak, she just had kind of an ugly personality. No matter the emotional damage left from her marriage, I didn’t like the personality shifts that character portrayed.
The other thing that just got me irritated and on the not buying it bandwagon with this was Max’s history before her marriage. This book makes it sound as though she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth rather than having only come into the rich girl life when she married. She had never been inside a Walmart but her own mother has no problem going there? What? Her own mother never once took her shopping while she was growing up? That just doesn’t fly. The selfish, snobby underlying attitude she has colors everything she does. No matter what, she is either way better than others or has it so much worse, the world should pity her.
Obviously, I’m not a fan of spoiled little rich girl stories, even if the rich girl falls flat on her face. The series name and blurb hint at this, but I didn’t think it was going to be quite so out there with regards to being totally unable to like the main character. Missed by a huge long shot with this one.