Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Review: 'Sweet Spot' by Lucy Felthouse


It’s common to develop a crush on a coworker, but is it always a bad idea to act on those feelings?
Poor Virginia is a bundle of nerves. Some of the things she worries about are absolutely legitimate, but there were a few times when I wanted to give her a hug and tell her to try assuming the best about what other people are thinking instead for while. She’s the kind of character this fellow worrywart can’t help but to sympathize with due to how much detail was packed into every one of her internal monologues. Figuring out how to shut down those unhelpful thoughts isn’t easy, but it’s sure nice to know that you’re not the only one trying to tune them out!
The first sex scene caught me by surprise. I knew it was coming eventually, of course, but it felt premature due to everything else that is going on as well as the serious nature of the scenes that sandwich it. Delaying it until certain subplots found their resolutions would have earned this book a much higher rating.
Speaking of subplots, I wasn’t expecting to find so many of them in this piece. Each one adds depth to Virginia’s backstory and personality. It was entertaining to see how they all eventually tied together. While they could have been expanded into a full-length novel, they worked just as well in a novella of this length. There is definitely room for a sequel, though, if Ms. Felthouse ever decides to write one.
Sweet Spot was a fun ride. This is a great choice for anyone in the mood for a well-developed tale whose secondary story lines are nearly as interesting as the main event.

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