I got "Dumplin'" from my local public library recently because people raved about how fun both the book and the TV movie were. And I always read the book first . . .
Yes, the novel was quite fun. But it was also a bit disappointing, because the characters were all (or mostly) just a little bit too good to be true. And I think I'm not in a personal place right now to be much enchanted by a novel that is about not much more than the social problems of American (Texan, even!) teenagers. I've got my own problems and am pretty "over it."
But I saw Murphy's follow-up, "Puddin," in the Target yesterday, and I couldn't resist - I read the flap copy.
It's a sequel.
It's a sequel featuring the relentlessly optimistic, probably clueless, sweet, overprotected, chubby girl and bullying target, Millie. It also features the one character in "Dumplin'" I pretty much loathed, the one-dimensional bitch, Callie (who, apparently, gets a last name in the sequel).
A book for Millie. That, I might have to read.
Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans—or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that’s it. NO emotional commitments.
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with Lori Foster’s books. The last one I read I absolutely LOVED. This one, not so much. 14% in, a real conversation between the two main characters and all Quinton can even focus on is the fact that Ashley still has her v-card. Normally not really an issue, but every part of his POV is focused on having sex with Ashley. For some reason, this rubbed me the wrong way. I know this is a re-release, and it’s her re-releases I don’t seem to love so much, but IDK. I did like Ashley though. Her wording of things was pretty funny.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book