The Other Boyfriend by Sylvia Massara

Sarah Jamison is done being patient. She has waited long enough for her lover to finally break up with his girlfriend. Jeffrey has been promising to break up with Moira for ages, but keeps citing business reasons to wait, as Jeffrey and Moira are partners in their network marketing business. Sarah decides to get proactive, enlisting best friend Monica to help devise a plan to break up Jeffrey and Moira for good. Monica thinks adding the dashing Mike Connor to the mix is the right idea. But instead of breaking up Jeffrey and Moira, the plan begins to backfire on Sarah. Along with the help of Sarah’s internet hacker mother, Rosepurple, Sarah finds the true identity of Jeffrey, and realizes her relationship with him was never meant to be.

I wanted to like The Other Boyfriend by Sylvia Massara. But it was hard to. While I thought the plot could have gone a lot of different ways, it turned out to be exhaustingly predicable and one-dimensional. The business that Sarah, Jeffrey, and Moira are in is a big part of the story, but it was never explained. I had no idea what they were doing, and each time business was talked about, I just became confused. And the book should have been run through an editor. I got tired of reading about Mike’s “sea-green eyes” for every description. I think Massara has the right idea about writing and developing a great plot and characters, but she needs to have it fine-tuned a bit. It was a fast read, but too predictable for me to recommend.

[Rating: 2]

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9 Comments

  1. February 7, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    I totally agree with everything you wrote in this review. I’m not a fan of this book either.

  2. Samantha
    February 7, 2011 / 11:30 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Rowena! She has a second book that just came out, I’m going to give that one a try and hope I like it more!

  3. February 11, 2011 / 12:27 pm

    Looks like a great honest post.

    Thank you for sharing your honest review.

  4. February 13, 2011 / 1:11 am

    Thank you for your honest review! I think you did a beautiful job of explaining what you did like while balancing it with praise for the author’s potential. As a blogger, I know how time consuming this can be, and I definitely appreciate the pro bono effort you put into running this site and sharing your OPINION. I applaud you for not letting anyone bully you out of your opinion. This site is truly amazing and I will definitely be your newest follower.

  5. February 13, 2011 / 1:11 am

    Whoops — I’m sorry. I meant to say “what you didn’t like.” I blame my killer headache.

  6. February 13, 2011 / 1:49 am

    I haven’t read this book, but I did see the author’s (in my opinion, rather immature) reaction to your review, and all the resulting brouhaha, and I just wanted to drop you a note, and let you know that I applaud your honesty.

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