Sweet Nothing by Alison May

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Sweet Nothing by Alison May
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Also by this Author: Midsummer Dreams
Published by Choc Lit on August 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Pages: 269

Heat Rating: one-flame

Audiobook Narrator: Geraldine Sharrock, Julia Barrie, Leighton Pugh, Ben Allen
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 20 minutes

I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Would you risk everything for love?

Independent, straight-talking Trix Allen wouldn’t. She’s been in love once before and ended up with nothing. Now safely single, Trix is as far away from the saccharine-sweet world of hearts and flowers as it’s possible to be.

Ben Messina is the man who broke Trix’s heart. Now he’s successful the only thing rational Ben and free-spirited Trix see eye-to-eye on is the fact that falling in love isn’t part of the plan. But when Ben’s brother sets out to win the heart of Trix’s best friend, romance is very much in the air. Will Trix gamble everything on love and risk ending up with zero once again?

My Review

I’m coming from the perspective of someone who has NOT read the Shakespeare. 😉

I had been wary to begin this book because I had noticed some of the chapters include things like “Ten Years Earlier.” I don’t normally do well with books that jump around the timeline, but this book does it so seamlessly that I don’t get a bit lost.

Ben is my favorite character from the book, and I wonder if that’s normal. I’m a bit quirky, and I THINK the book is quirky, too, but maybe that’s just because my perspective is quirky. I love the smart bits about Zero and Infinity and their inherent sameness. I had read some of that aloud to my 12-year-old daughter, and she lays down flat on the floor, moaning in existential crisis.

I spent a LOT of time in the last part of the book thinking something Momma taught me: “If you keep sweeping things under the rug, you’ll only end up with a lumpy carpet.” Have you EVER TRIED to have an existential crisis on a lumpy carpet? It’s uncomfortable, to say the least. I am SO proud of Hen by the end of the Epilogue, that I am more than ready for her to make her very own decision about her two choices, and by the last sentence, I don’t need to know the answer. The ending is spectacular in its quirky nothingness. I LOVE IT!

I’ve already read Alison May’s second 21st Century Bard story. They are unrelated and can be read standalone. I’m gobsmacked that this piece of art is her debut novel. Gob. SMACKED. Knock me over with a feather. More people need to read this author. Right now.

I had been given a copy of this book from the publisher, Choc Lit, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Alison May, for sharing your talent around the world!


About Alison May

Alison May is an English writer who lives in Worcestershire with one husband, no kids and no pets. There were goldfish once. That ended badly.

She has studied History and Creative Writing, and has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager, and a freelance trainer, before settling on ‘making up stories’ as an entirely acceptable grown-up career plan.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She writes contemporary romantic comedies, and short stories.

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