I’ll start with the good: this was a quick read and it reminded me about a lot of great songs I’d forgotten.
Now the bad: everything else.
Here’s the basic premise: boy (Adam) meets girl (Angelina), boy falls in love with girl, boy has opportunity to spend life with girl, boy messes it up for… nothing. Boy has the fortune to find someone else and build a life with her, but then 1st girl gets in touch with boy, so boy torpedoes life to fix mistake he made 20 years earlier.
By the way, the girl doesn’t come off any better.
And neither does the girl’s current husband.
And honestly, neither does the 2nd girl. This book is really nagl (not a good look) for anybody.
Here’s the thing: I don’t have an issue reading unlikable characters. I don’t have an issue with characters having moral shortcomings. This is what makes characters human and relatable. What I don’t like are a lack of consequences for the choices that characters make. Adam simply floats from one non-decision to another, and when he finally does make a choice, everything is tied up in a neat bow.
Music is a secondary character in this book, and one of the songs signifying Adam and Angelina’s relationship is the great “Because the Night” by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. One of the verses goes:
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes
Love disguised as lust? Or is it really lust disguised as love? And has that ever worked out well for anyone?
ARC provided by Netgalley for review.