Review: My Coyote Ugly Life by Jessica Spoon

Title: My Coyote Ugly Life (My Life #1)

Author: Jessica Spoon

Publication Date: September 26, 2014

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Synopsis

“How on earth do I get myself in these situations? I swear it’s like a never-ending bad dream. One of all my mistakes that continuously bite me in my size ten ass.” 

Azaria ‘Ree’ Gable had her one experience with heartbreak and that was enough for her. She’s perfectly satisfied with her ‘One Month Rule’ and doesn’t need her life changing anytime soon.

 When circumstances take her back home, she learns things have changed…

A lot…

First and foremost being with the complete and astonishing overhaul and revamp of the Belton Police Department, where apparently the application was changed to state ‘Ugly Men Need Not Apply’ and the only requirement is ‘How Well Do You Look In This Uniform?’

Ree unexpectedly catches the eye of the new ‘gina-quiver inducing Chief of Police Grayson Cole, which starts an endless game of cat and mouse.

Will Ree let go of her misconceptions about relationships and allow Grayson to show her how beautiful life can really be?

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Meagan’s 4 Star Review

This book was full of the unexpected. It was quirky, funny and full of sass. I hate to compare books, but it felt a lot like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Both novels center around a young woman who comes back to the community she grew up in. It’s a town full of meddling old people, family that won’t stay out of her business, and a ridiculously hot police officer. The stories are different but the books contain same snarky attitude that make it hard to put down.

What I liked about this book was that Azaria, or Ree, wasn’t afraid to make a fool out of herself. More often than not she ended up in positions where she looked like a goof, and even though she did get embarrassed, she owned her silliness. I loved that she celebrated her bold personality.

Chief Grayson Cole is not a man who lacks confidence. Grayson and Ree had a disastrous one-night stand, but when Gray finds out Ree has moved back to his small community he decides nothing is going to stand in his way of winning Ree’s heart. Grayson had a little alpha male in him, but not so much that it felt unrealistic. It was just enough to be sexy. Grayson and Ree feed off of one another. Their personalities were a perfect compliment to each other which let to some great conversations.

“Do you have alcohol?” he asks suddenly.

“What?” I jerk my head back at the subject change.

“Beer, vodka, whisky, alcohol. Do you have some?”

“Well . . . yeah.”

“Kitchen?”

“Yeah . . . “

Then he takes off out of the office. I follow him to the kitchen where he opens the fridge and pulls out a beer, pops the top off, and takes a long drink. I stand there, mouth hanging to the floor as he chugs half the bottle.

“What are you going?” I demand.

“I need alcohol to have this conversation with you,” he explains.

I really enjoyed this book so it almost hurts to point out the parts I really didn’t like. The entire book is written from Ree’s point of view, which is written in first person. There are a few moments that we see from Grayson’s pov, which are written in third person. Switching between the two points of view is awkward to say the least. It took quite a while to get back into the story whenever it switched to Grayson’s pov, and even then it was still uncomfortable. Grayson’s pov made me feel removed from the story and I didn’t like it at all. There are a few other scenes with two other characters that are also in third person. Not only did I think they were unnecessary, but they stood out as well.

I also didn’t like the timeline of chapter ten. I had to stop and flip back and forth between pages a few times before I understood what scene was happening when. I get what the author was trying to do, I just don’t think it worked particularly well.

Besides being a contemporary romance, My Coyote Ugly Life is a bit of a thriller. I’m not sure why the mystery isn’t mention at least once in the synopsis. It took me by surprise. It really felt odd for that part of the story to come out of nowhere when I wasn’t expecting it.

My Coyote Ugly Life is a hard book to review. I loved the characters and the idea behind the book. But, I didn’t care for some of the style choices the author made. Even though I had problems, I still enjoyed the book very much. I’ll definitely read the next book in the My Life series.

meagan

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About the Author

My first book, Darkness Deserved, released July of 2013. It is the first book in the Shattering the Darkness Series.I’m crazy and love my friends, family and booze.I used to never read when I was growing up. My mother always tried to get me to read and I wanted no part in it. I figured why read when it’s going to be a movie? (Yes, like I said crazy.)Well a few years ago I jumped on the Twilight band wagon. I’ve always loved supernatural movies and when I saw the previews I knew I wanted to see it. And see it I did. I immediately went out and bought the books and became hooked.They came to me at a very special time in my life.I discovered I loved to read and found my nitch in the paranormal and romance genre. I started a book club with a cousin and all of a sudden these thoughts kept assaulting my brain.So I wrote them down. Then, deciding that I wanted to write, I contacted some wonderfully amazing women who helped me through the process.I now have three books under my belt and am still learning constantly.My Life Series, is by far my favorite to write. There are some events in the story that are based on actual events that have happened in my life.I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed living them.



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