Poisoned Apple

Katherine McIntyre
Poisoned Apple
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Decadent Publishing
Release Date
January 2015
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

Snow White's a goth and Prince Charming's a jerk.

On Neve's eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he's kissing her. The next he's pushing her away.

Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her "damaged girl" label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she's rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Dec 01, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
This novella was a quick and entertaining read!

Neve's life hasn't been easy and it's about to get even tougher. Her eighteenth birthday is anything but a celebration as her step-mother finally makes good on her promise to kick Neve to the curb. With only a suitcase in tow, Neve stumbles upon a group of young men who take an immediate liking to her.

Brendan offers to let Neve sleep on his couch but it's only temporary. He has enough problems right now as he tries to fend off an overbearing ex-girlfriend who doesn't understand boundaries. He also isn't prepared for how easily Neve begins to fit into his life, making everything a bit brighter when she's around.

Unfortunately, Neve's tragic family past crashes down on her with a vengeance and it will take a lot more than video games and late-night diner outings to fix the broken girl she's becoming. With any luck, maybe Neve and Brendan can save each other.

This novella left me wanting more, but in a good way. I liked the character building and budding relationship between Neve and Brendan. I also liked the secondary characters who added a flair of humor to the otherwise sullen feel of the story.

I wish there had been more to the story after our couple realized their feelings for one another. Maybe showing how they overcome Neve's low self-esteem and Brendan finally putting his ex in her place. I can think of several directions this story could have gone but the ending left me wondering how our couple would be able to make it work together. An epilogue, even, would have sufficed. If it had, I may have given it a higher rating.

In closing...
An easy read with likable characters. I give this four stars!
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