Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake (and Giveaway)

From Goodreads: Hadley St. Clair's life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone. Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably "feels like home" to Hadley. Hadley and Sam's connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything. 

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Going in, I knew that romance would be a prominent feature in Ashley Herring Blake’s Suffer Love due to the cover. What I wasn’t expecting from it was to explore how an extramarital affair can affect not just a spouse, but the children as well.

Early on in Suffer Love, it’s revealed that Sam’s mother and Hadley’s father had a year-long affair with each other. Months later, both families are still reeling from the news. Feeling betrayed by her father, Hadley no longer believes in love, and seeks meaningless comfort from guys. Meanwhile, Sam’s father has moved away, and his mother spends little time with him. Both Hadley and Sam’s emotions felt realistic, as did the connection between them.

Though it's obvious that Sam and Hadley will eventually fall for each other, I wanted to know whether their relationship would survive, given the awkward circumstances. Unfortunately, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the answer since it acknowledged, but didn't really address the problem.

Suffer Love will be released on May 3, 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 

Comments About the Cover: I’m glad I had an e-ARC because I wouldn’t be caught on the bus with a cover like that :) 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher for free via The Fantastic Flying Book Club. 

Suffer Love can be bought from: [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] [Book Depository] [Kobo]

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  1. Hm. I think I would enjoy this one overall since I'm a romance lover, and I haven't read anything where the parents have cheated and the kids have to deal with the aftermath. Adding it to the list!

  2. Bummer, I was hoping that they would address the awkward situation. Cheating is a hot button issue for me so I think I may have to skip this one.

  3. Heh, I would be embarrassed to have a cover like that on the bus too :) Sorry this one was a bit unsatisfying for you - it's not the kind of story I'm into so I'll skip it.

  4. Sorry they didn't address things well enough between the MC for you. It's an interesting premise - but it would be kind of cool to have this premise without it leading to a romance. haha


  5. Lol. I would be a little embarrassed about the title, too. Anyway, I'm a curious about this one even though you struggled with the relationship between Hadley and Sam. I do have a feeling that I will be mad about the adults though.

  6. I saw a lot of raving reviews about this one, so i'm sorry that you didn't enjoy this. I have to admit that I have been wary to read this even with the raving reviews though. Happy reading! :)

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  7. Eeehhhh I'm not sure how I feel about this premise. Their situation sounds so awkward I don't know if I could get behind the romance. Especially since it doesn't really address it properly.


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