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review 2018-02-26 15:44
Two Sisters and A Daughter
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery

"Sisters Like Us" focuses on two sisters (Harper and Stacey) and Harper's daughter, Becca. This book picks up more than a year after the events in "A Million Little Pieces." There is a connection via the hero in this book to the characters in the last book, so you do have a tenuous connection there. I think that my problem with this one is that the transition from Harper to Stacey's POVs don't work. You honestly did not need Becca included in this. And I still don't know if Stacey had Asperger's Syndrome or what. Mallery is not clear about that and it just felt like it was something that someone would mention. There is also unresolved tension from Harper and Stacey's mom that I wish had been actually worked out. She acts like a jerk and everyone ignores it.

 

Stacey is the top in her field and now that she is expecting her first child, she and her husband agree that he will be the one to stay home while she continues to work. Though Stacey gets science, she doesn't get how having a baby is going to change her and she honestly doesn't want it to. Stacey is also hiding her pregnancy from her mother because she's terrible. I honestly didn't get why anyone was even dealing with the mom in this story, she's a nasty piece of work and I was not a fan.

 

Harper is still trying to recover after being left and divorced. Running her own virtual assistant business (which I was very intrigued by) doesn't leave her with a lot of time to be there to listen to her daughter Becca, but she is trying. Harper has a long time client, Lucas, that definitely seems to be sniffing around her and she's wondering if she is ready to give romance another go.


Becca's story should have been another book since it didn't fit well in here that much. Becca is dealing with losing her friends during the school year when she finally admits a secret to her best friend. Falling for her aunt's nephew, Becca starts thinking about having sex for the first time and what to do about her lack of a relationship with her father. 

 

Stacey's husband was not really there at all in this book. Lucas was up front and center in the story and I am sorry, I was over that clown after he pulls a BS move after forcing his way into Harper's life. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and I did not find myself rooting for him at all. The only saving grace was Becca told his tiresome butt off and he deserved it. 

 

Most of Stacey's POV is oddly flat and it's so jarring to go from her to Harper. When we jump into Becca it becomes a bit worse. I think if we either focused on the two sisters the book could have been stronger or just have a stand alone book with Becca. 


The ending was abrupt as anything and I was surprised there was not more to the story. There was so much left unresolved regarding Becca and her father that if Mallery does another book in this series, I hope she follows up with her. 

 

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review 2018-02-26 15:15
One of the Story-Lines Drove Me Up the Wall
A Million Little Things - Susan Mallery

I think after this I am pretty much done with the Mischief Bay series. This book really aggravated me since I think Mallery wants her cake (write a contemporary romance) but then she there feels like there is very little romance and people just running around acting like assholes for most of the book until the very end. 

 

"A Million Little Pieces" follows two characters who should be familiar to readers from the first book, Jen and her mother Pam from "The Girls of Mischief Bay." It's been about 2 years since that first book. Jen was pregnant in the first book and Pam was dealing with being widowed. Now two years on, Jen is a mess freaking out that her young son is not talking. Pam has gone on with her life and is happy, but a potential romance has her thinking if she is ready to be alone forever. The third person this book follows is Jen's best friend Zoe. I tried to like Zoe, but I was over her after Mallery took a real bad direction with her story-line.

 

The characters felt very flat in this one. It was hard to feel sympathy towards Jen since she was acting shrill and insane through most of the book. Someone mentioned post-partum depression and I wish that more of the characters pushed her on talking to a doctor. Instead her mother and Zoe hold an intervention and even I was all "you both suck so hard right now." I also cringed when Zoe's mother is all you need to have sex with your husband more cause who cares if you are barely sleeping and freaking out about your son. I felt like at times I had time traveled back to the 60s with some of the comments Pam was making.

 

Pam was okay at first, I just don't care about her weird dog. She also turns into an uber asshole when a story-line involving Zoe and her son comes about. I mean...she had good points, she just went about it the wrong way. I was honestly team no one during this whole thing.


Zoe. Nope. I just could not with her entire ludicrous story-line. 

 

The writing was okay, I just found myself bored. Flip flopping between the three women was not done very well. I found myself missing the other characters from the first two books more. 


The setting of Mischief Bay is a good one. I just wish that Mallery was doing more with it. I don't know if it would help to age down or up the characters or what. Or maybe just focus on one person one story-line. Nothing really gelled here for me in this one. 

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text 2018-02-25 14:18
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery

I only got the last book because it was $2.99 and bought the follow up because I'm stupid sometimes when it comes to books. This title should really be called Two Sisters and a Daughter since we get one of the main character's daughter's POV too. This was just okay. I found myself bored. You get a look back at the previous books character's which I didn't care about at all. One of the heroes acts like a jerk and I wish Mallery had the heroine kick him to the curb. 

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text 2018-02-25 14:15
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
A Million Little Things - Susan Mallery

This was interesting and then one of the story lines ruined the book. It was unbelievable and not necessary. It deals with birth control and it really ticked me off that no one even brings up why is the woman character responsible for birth control and the men she is with not? You're telling me you had sex with two men and none wore a condom? Birth control shots don't stop skin to skin contact.

 

This is your daily reminder from Obsidian Blue that condoms and birth control shots/pills/etc are smart to do together. 

 

We also got some love scenes that didn't fit the tone of the book. I really wish Mallery would go back and wrote stories from the Blackberry Island series.

 

I don't know. The next book in the series was weak so think I'm just done with the Mischief Bay books.

 

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review 2018-02-21 23:07
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery
Wow, I thought I had been to Mischief Bay before. Turns out, not only had I not been there, this is also my first book by Susan Mallery. I know, what rock have I been under? Hey, I had heard of her. Ha!!

I have SO enjoyed my time in Mischief Bay. The characters really grew on me, and quickly. And, this is book number 4!! Their major problems might have been cheesy and corny, but I forgot mine while reading the book.

I am, however, sad that it's over. But I take comfort, now, knowing there are 3 more already that were previous to this one. 

So, yes I loved this book and would definitely recommend it. 

I received an ARC from the author via her "Review Crew" in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Thank you, I totally enjoyed my time in Mischief Bay!!!
 
 

 

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