Occasionally, the characters designed to shine light on the stars of a book push their way to the forefront of the story, demanding that theirs be told. When the last page is turned, the H/h riding off into the sunset, authors find themselves bombarded by readers wanting to know more about the heroine’s best friend, the hero’s roommate, or sometimes, the book’s antagonist. Sequels and book series are sometimes born out of this. Suzanne Brockmann wielded her secondary characters like a sharply honed knife, slicing through the main plot of the first five books in the Troubleshooters series with pieces of Sam and Alyssa that left the reader drooling in anticipation of what was next for them, sometimes in lieu of what was happening to the main characters. When they finally got their HEA in Gone Too Far, readers were more than ready for them to star in their own show.
The e-book has created a niche for the novella, authors favorite platform for secondary characters to tell their story and get their HEA. While it might be a hard sell to get readers to dole out the cash for a 100 page book, a novella shines electronically. Readers can get closure on the characters/couples they fell in love with without breaking the bank. Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire are two authors that took advantage of this, giving readers a closer look at how much-loved characters fell in love.
Maybe Someday is one of my favorite books, so when Hoover released Warren and Bridgette’s novella, I couldn’t click “buy” fast enough! Maybe Not, told exclusively from Warren’s POV, is funny and sexy, and dare I say, romantic? Warren is just as lovable as he was in Maybe Someday and while Bridgette is the same, bitchy girl we met then, she’s also so much more. The highlight of Maybe Not is learning Bridgette’s back story and getting a glimpse of the woman that captures Warren’s heart. As the novella is told during the events of Maybe Someday, we also get a different perspective on Ridge and Sydney’s journey (which, let’s face it, was reason enough for me to read Maybe Not). As always, Hoover is an absolute delight in her storytelling. If you loved Maybe Someday, you’ll definitely want to read this. 5 stars
Maybe Not was published in November 2014 by Simon and Schuster. Click on the picture for details on making it part of your library.
When Beautiful Disaster hit bookshelves, taking the world by storm, Shepley and America were the solid couple amidst the turbulence that was Abby and Travis. Finally, after all these years-and Maddox brothers falling in love-readers are treated to that original couple’s HEA. Something Beautiful is a sweet story, but it left me wanting more. Shepley and America waited through everyone else’s love story, hiding their own insecurities as they became a couple. Hopelessly in love at first sight, they took their time, slowly building their relationship. I wish their story has been the same. SB just touches the surface of who Shepley and America are, as individuals and as a couple. I wanted to know more, instead the story is rushed, the first half of the book felt like it was part epilogue for the Maddox brothers instead of focusing on Shepley and America. The second half picks up when the couple is thrown into a life or death situation. As Shepley and America struggle to be together we finally get a sense of how much these two love each other. Jamie McGuire captures their emotions perfectly, finally letting the reader experience the love we’ve been told about since Beautiful Disaster hit bookstores. 3 stars
Something Beautiful was published in August 2015 by Jamie McGuire. Click on the picture for details on making it part of your library.