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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Someone Like You by Emma Hillman



Someone Like You by Emma Hillman
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

Nick ‘Apollo’ Hamilton has been in love with his best friend’s wife, Mia, for years. He can’t seem to be able to shake off his obsession, his thoughts always going back to that threesome they shared. It’s only when he meets a waitress named Leah that his life takes a brighter outlook. She could be Mia’s twin, after all. How perfect is that?

Things start to unravel when he asks his new girlfriend to spend the weekend with him. When Leah meets her ‘twin’, it’s clear some truths have been left unsaid.

When things are too good to be true, what do you do? Do you make a go for it, knowing you’d always regret it otherwise? What would you do if you knew the man you craved loved another? Would you fight? Would you forgive? Would you… love?

How would you feel if you went to meet your boyfriend’s best friend and his wife and she could be your twin? What if he called you by her name?

This is exactly what happens to Leah in Someone Like You. Leah, a curvaceous college student and waitress, has worshipped ex pro football player Nick Hamilton for years. She’s shocked that he’s interested in her, and not some stick thin model. Nick’s initially attracted to Leah because she looks like his best friend’s wife who he’s been in love with since they shared a ménage-a-trois. Yet he finds something special in Leah he didn’t expect.

I bonded with both Leah and Nick from the start. Leah is more like us than any of us would like to admit. She’s insecure about her weight and thus her body. She’s always dieting and doesn’t believe her fantasy could love her. Nick isn’t a perfect Adonis. He makes mistakes that make him even more loveable. But more importantly, Nick loved Leah just for who she was. He showed her why he loved her and that made Leah love herself.

The plot wasn’t complex, but I was glued to the pages. Ms. Hillman’s guileless voice and superb pacing combined to create a sweet, captivating read. The love scenes were beautiful, but most cut off before actual consummation.

This was the first book I read by Ms. Hillman. Although this was the third book in a series, I followed it well. I think the book might have benefited from a quick prologue that reviewed pertinent information from previous books. My main source of confusion actually came from the fact that this was the third novel in the Ex-Footballer series. In the US we don’t refer to pro-football players as footballers so I thought Ms. Hillman was talking about soccer (what everyone else besides the US calls football). Even with this inconsistency, I enjoyed Someone Like You so much that I will be going back and reading the two previous novels.

If you’re looking for a delightfully engrossing story, Someone Like You is not to be missed.

1 comment:

Emma Hillman said...

Thanks Violet for a great review.

I guess it's the little things that show I'm not American :)