Monday, April 18, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J. J. McAvoy

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen
by J. J. McAvoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2016

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiance is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiance on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…

4.5 stars

In short
Love this romcom. But minus 0.5 stars due to the messy ending. Nice save at the epilogue, I would have appreciate it to be even longer.

In long
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is the perfect Valentine read. I'm even imagining it to be a perfect Valentine movie. Is so entertaining from start to finish, is funny, witty, lovely and the romance is so damn good. McAvoy was famous for her bizarre twist, which is absent her, but I didn't even miss it. 

She called him the Dr. Asshole, he called her the Con Artist.
The story started with Guinevere aka Gwen's fiance, Sebastian ran off withEli's fiancee, Hannah. Complicated much? Left to pick up the broken pieces, Gwen and Eli met each other again due to their connection to Eli's brother Logan, who introduced the two cheaters to each other. 

"You invited her fiance to my wedding, and when they ran off, all that was left was Guinevere and Eli, les miserable."

Gwen is quite a bubbly character. I love her sass, her kindness, her optimism in life and her talent in art. Even though she is basically loaded with her successful career, she is still a very down to earth girl from Cypress, Alaska. 

On the first glance, Eli is an asshole. He is an arrogant prick with a stick up his ass. I blamed part of it due to his broken heart, but I think even with an intact heart, he will still act like the highness he is. However, once I get to know more about him, we get to see underneath his condescending barbs, lies a responsible family man and selfless doctor. 

"How's your day?"
"Saved a few lives here, saved a few lives there - "
"Wow, I am surely in the presence of greatness. Should I bow?"
"If it pleases you."

The best part of the story is the relationship between Eli & Gwen that started from sorta enemy, to friends and then to lovers. Eli hates Gwen because she reminds him of a past he rather forget and when she turned up to be his new neighbor, he is force to see her day after day. That's when the undeniable friendship kick in due to their shared misery. There are simply too many laugh out loud moments between them to count. I just love reading their conversation. 

"Please, you're telling me you splurge on Dickens? Let me guess, you've got everything from Pride and Prejudice to Fifty Shades of Grey."
"They are books - "
"Oh come on, it's porn on paper, and you had the nerve to knock on my door, telling me I was too loud."

Is safe to say that for almost the entire book, the story pleases me and constantly put a big smile on my face. I read the entire book in just a day. However, the conflict towards the end of the story left a sour taste in my mouth. I'm the kind of reader who prefer things to be wrap up in little neat bows. Give me weddings and babies any day, I will never be tire of that. Anyway, I did feel satisfy on Eli and Gwen's action giving the circumstances. I had a lot of respect for how Eli handle everything. 

"In your books, how would the hero and heroine work this out?"
"The heroine would have gotten on the plane and we'd have to wait for book two to see them struggle to fix everything later."

p/s: Something that I noticed as a devoted McAvoy's reader, why is every couple in her books are into SPANKING. Seriously, sometimes I feel as if I'm reading the same sex scenes due to the repeated 'spanking' taking place.

My name is JJ and I’m a student currently living in Ottawa. I wrote Ruthless People in the summer of 2013 in hopes of giving myself a new type of love and crime drama. I never would have imagined that so many of you would enjoy it as well! I truly feel blessed to have fans like you all. Writing is my true love and having you all love my words is a dream come true.

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