Wesley James Ruined My Life
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Quinn Hardwick is working hard at Tudor Tymes as a royal servant. She is working to earn money for a band trip to London. She is surprised when the new employee is none other than her declared enemy Wesley James. Wesley let a family secret go at a family function years ago. Quinn hasn’t forgiven him. Quinn is determined to make Wesley pay by getting him fired. It turns out to be harder than she planned because she starts to fall for him.
In an Oyster Shell – A story that turned out well in the end but was a little hard to get through.
The Pearls – I liked the idea of a mid evil restaurant as one of the main settings. The characters that were a part of the restaurant were a riot. Especially Alan who took his role as King Henry a little too seriously. The costumes were fun and well described. It felt as if you were there to smell the greasy turkey legs being fried.
The novel had multi-layers of the plot. This gave the story some depth. There was a lot going on for Quinn. The author wasn’t afraid to deal with hard topics like Alzheimers and gambling addictions. She handled the matters well. It made the story thought-provoking.
The romance was sweet. It redeemed some of the flaws of the novel. Wesley works hard to be friends with Quinn. Little does he know that he might win her over to something more. The conclusion of the romance was sweet. The last scene of the story was poetic and perfect. It’s the best ending to a book I’ve read in a long time.
The Sand – Quinn was irrational, unreasonable and immature for most of the book. The ideas she held about Wesley were unrealistic. I’m glad by the end of the book she grows up a little.
Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.
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