Drew and Poppy! Their love story was whirlwind, rocky but also undeniably hot, sexy and notorious! They had love at first in an Ibiza bar (the beers they sell must be enchanting) Their chemistry was so strong. They keep secrets from each other and they act suspicious. They kept lying because they know when truth comes out they can lose what they have together…
I can still hear Lizzo singing:”Bom bom bi dom bi dum dum bay” when I’m reading their story.
Do you want to know how their story begins?
Poppy gets fired from her nanny job she’s been doing for last 6 years because she stands up against the careless mother who neglects her kids. She gets kicked in the middle of the night, burrowing her ex-bosses’ jeep and wearing ex-boss’ high heels (her pride prevents her get back to house for her own shoes) and she finally stops at a bar, spending her last money for the beers as charming, older, rich man sits her table. Yes this is Drew. He seduces her, offering his house’s guest room for the night, rejecting to have sex with her because they’re both drunk (what a gentleman!) and the very next day, he buys her clothes, pays for hairdresser, joins her to face with her ex-boss Mrs. Henderson for getting her last payment and leaving the car keys to her house.
So their one night stand-ish meets Pretty Woman-ish relationship slowly turns into summer fling and finally Drew asks her to marry him. And he also offers her to have a clean slate, having an agreement: they’re not talking about their past, they will focus on their futures.
This is a definition of Poppy’s dream marriage because something happened to her or she did something really bad at her first nanny gig that she is still feeling guilty about it. But what if her husband dearest’s secret way too much bigger than hers?
He buys her a new house as wedding present named “Thursday House” (Because they met on Thursday, oh Drew, how sweet of you!) but why everyone in the town rejects to work there or why they are over charging them for any regular service? Who were the previous owners of the house? Why they left so fast without getting any of their belongings?
Poppy is afraid of knowing because asking for the truth means she has to come clean with her sins she’s atoned. What if hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil is the best way to have a perfect marriage! But what if her perfect marriage is just façade and there is a great danger waiting for her at the other side of the iceberg?
Well, ending is twisty and dark. This book is one of quickest reads. It was captivating, smart, entertaining. It slowed down after the middle, I started to lose my interest but thankfully the author picked up the place where she hits the brakes and starts her fast pacing, heart throbbing drive till the end.
I liked Poppy. Straightforward, smart, sassy, has been raised by over conservative, abusing mother, learning from her mistakes. And their hot chemistry with Drew was intriguing. There are still some missing elements about the final conclusion. Maybe I was waiting for more soul crushing explanations but it was still good enough for me.
I’m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 because it was still better than 3 starred, mediocre, Switzerland books.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for sharing this page turner ARC in exchange my honest review.
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