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Review: He's Come Undone by Theresa Weir

New Adult Romance Book

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From Theresa Weir—Bestselling New York Times and USA Today RITA Award Author

He's Come Undone

Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them.

Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger.

In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.

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What readers are saying about He's Come Undone:

"Theresa Weir is a master when it comes to tugging at my heartstrings."

"Julian Dye is my new book boyfriend."

"A hot and deeply emotional read."

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About the author:

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Thomas & Mercer. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages.

Her memoir, THE ORCHARD, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA).

(From NetGalley)

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting book, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, it was very well written and engaging, but on the other, I feel like I've been sucker-punched. Judging by the blurb/premise, I was led to believe this was going to be one of those light-hearted new adult romances flooding the market today. Don't get me wrong, I love those romances, so I was really looking forward to just sitting back and reading one. But here comes the part where I feel like I was sucker-punched: although this story starts out in such a manner, it soon takes a darker turn that eats you up and spits you out emotionally. The things that Julian endures in his private life are just gut-wrenching and I felt so bad for him - I really worried whether or not he'd be okay in the end. And what Ellie did to him certainly didn't help matters. Sure, she had her reasons and she soon realized it was wrong and she had to make it right, but still - damn! It was hard to read about what she put him through during their whole time together.

So be warned: If you're looking for a light-hearted romp, this isn't it. It's so much more than that. It is full-bodied, real life emotion on a roller-coaster. It will make you smile, want to scream, and ultimately, believe in true love - after it scrambles all your other emotions up. It is well worth the read.