Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Blog Tour: Wesley James Ruined My Life
Hello all! Today we are apart of a blog tour for a very exciting summer read! We hope you enjoy it, and that you pick it up this summer too!
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Released: July 18th, 2017
Read: July 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Format: Paperback ARC, 256 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.
This book was the quintessential beach read. Honestly it was the kind of light book that you sometimes NEED during vacation, and it didn't disappoint. While it had a predictable and somewhat cliche plot, the backstory more then made up for it. Q is a likeable girl who (like me) loves England, and needs to make cash in order to go. Her relationships with her parents are complex (what with her gambler of a dad) and in many ways she is a fully developed character. Then in comes Wesley who "ruined" her life a while ago, who is stirring some new feelings in her. In my opinion it was stupid that she blamed him for the divorce of her parents. Like really Q? You really thought that he was the one to reveal to your mom that your dad lost his job? How dumb and naive can you be? But whatever. Wes is SUPER hot, and his reporte with Q is extremely cute, something that really drives the book forward. Their love/hate relationship is super fun and cute to watch, and it was perfect to lazily read on a summer day, outdoors with a lemonade in hand!
Recommended for people who enjoy: sweet rom-coms, summer romances, England
Interview with the author:
Q: What was it that inspired the novel? (was it a summer romance of your own, simply a thought that came to you in the shower, etc.) How much of the story did you personally connect with?
A: I was inspired to write a book set at a medieval theme restaurant after attending a renaissance faire back in 2013. I loved the setting and I thought it gave me a lot to play with. I knew I wanted to write an enemies to lovers story, but there’s no real basis from my own life reflected in Quinn and Wesley’s relationship. The part I’m most personally connected to is Quinn’s relationship with her grandmother. My grandmother didn’t have Alzheimer’s but I was very close to her and I borrowed some of the feelings I had when my grandmother passed away for this novel.
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!